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Polo variants on horseback

A modern variant is called arena polo which is played indoors or more commonly outdoors on
A recent variant is beach polo, a close variant of arena polo, played on sand in Dubai and
Another modern variant is snow polo, which is played on compacted snow on flat ground or a
A popular combination of the sports of polo and lacrosse is the game of polocrosse, which w
These sports are considered as separate sports because of the differences in the compositio
[edit] Other polo variants
Polo is not played exclusively on horseback. Such polo variants are mostly played for recre
[edit] History
A game first played in Persia/Iran at dates given from the 5th century BC, or much earlier,
From Persia, in medieval times polo spread to the Byzantines (who called it tzykanion), and
Later on Polo was passed from Persia to other parts of Asia including the Indian subcontine

Old polo field in Imphal, Manipur


Tang Dynasty Chinese courtiers on horseback playing a game of polo, AD 706.The modern game
The origins of the game in Manipur are traced to early precursors of Sagol Kangjei.[10] Thi
In Manipur, polo is traditionally played with seven players to a side. The players are moun

A terracotta female polo player, Tang Dynasty, early 8th century, Musée Guimet, Paris.In M
In 1862 the first polo club, Calcutta Polo Club was established by two British soldiers, Ca
This version of polo played in the 19th century was different from the faster form that was
Polo found popularity in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Pakistan and the United States o
James Gordon Bennett, Jr. organized the first polo match in the United States at Dickel's R
The oldest polo ground in the world is the Imphal Polo Ground in Manipur State. The history
[edit] The game
Polo in PakistanField polo requires two teams of 4 players. A full-size field is 300 yards
In arena polo, which is popular in the United States, the size of the field is ideally 100
In Pakistan Shandur invites visitors to experience a traditional polo tournament between th
Gilgit, Chitral and Skardu have always played the game of polo closest to its original form
A polo game has periods of play, known as chukkas (also chukkers). This term originated in

Polo match in JaipurGames are often played with a handicap in which the sum of the individu
The game begins with the two teams of four lined up each team in line forming two rows with
[edit] Polo ponies
Main article: Polo pony
Polo ponies waiting for the game to beginThe mounts used are called 'polo ponies', although
Polo training generally begins at age three and lasts from about six months to two years. M
More than one pony per player is needed in order to allow tired mounts to be changed for fr