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rider and horse click to hear : rider and horse

The players ride horses whose manes are shaved and tails plaited to avoid catching; the players also change horses at every chukker (period).
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See rider and horse in : french | spanish
saddle shin boot knee pad martingale bit noseband helmet polo pony shaft head mallet bell boot ball

saddle click to hear : saddle

Somewhat curved unit that is made mostly of leather; it is set on the horse’s back for the rider to sit on.

shin boot click to hear : shin boot

Equipment placed around the cannon of the horse’s leg to protect it from injury.

knee pad click to hear : knee pad

Hard leather piece of equipment that protects the rider’s knee.

martingale click to hear : martingale

Strap that is connected to the noseband to prevent the horse from throwing its head back; this prevents blows to its head during abrupt stops.

bit click to hear : bit

Device that is inserted in the horse’s mouth; the rider steers the horse using the reins, which in turn move the bit in the horse’s mouth.

noseband click to hear : noseband

Part of the bridle that runs around the head above the nostrils; it prevents the horse from opening its mouth and losing the bit.

helmet click to hear : helmet

Rigid piece of equipment that protects the rider’s head; it usually has a protective grille.

polo pony click to hear : polo pony

Small horse that is bred and schooled for polo; calm and docile, it can start, stop and change directions very quickly.

shaft click to hear : shaft

Long part of the mallet that is usually made of bamboo and has a fixed head at the end; it can be rigid or flexible, depending on the player’s preference.

head click to hear : head

Usually cigar-shaped piece of hardwood; the player strikes the ball with it.

mallet click to hear : mallet

Part consisting of a shaft and a head that is used by the player to hit the ball along the ground; it must be held in the right hand.

bell boot click to hear : bell boot

Usually rubber item of equipment that covers the horse’s hoof to prevent injury.

ball click to hear : ball

White sphere of wood or plastic with a diameter of 7.6 to 8.9 cm.