Polo Ponies, part 2.
Thoroughbred racehorses can be retrained and frequently make very good polo ponies. The horses need to be from 14.2 to 16 hands high at the withers to be used for polo. Careful selection of the thoroughbred is essential.
The horse needs to have a calm temperament and compact, well balanced body. These horses are frequently rejected from racing aged about three years. Retraining for polo, on average, takes two years, with gradual introduction into the game when they are about five years old. Successful retraining of racehorses is not guaranteed and depends a lot on the temperament and natural ability of the horse.
If you are interested in finding out more about the retraining of racehorses go to the www.ror.org.uk website.