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Thursday, 3 June 2010

Polo experience - a sport unlike any other


Most of us have had the opportunity to try plenty of different sports, but polo is probably not one of them, meaning that the opportunity to get up on horseback and discover what the Royal family see in it is a great gift idea. Our polo experience is a unique chance to learn everything you need to know about polo from a professional polo instructor.
Originating in Persia, the sport of polo was first played in the 5th century BC where it was designed as a training game for soldiers to prepare them for battle and used to be played with as many as one hundred people each side. The modern game of polo was formalised by the British but based on the way the game was played in Manipur, India and a polo experience will give you the chance to learn the intricacies of the game.
Your polo experience will start with a safety briefing – sitting on top of a horse whilst trying to hit a ball with a mallet might look simple, but it’s important to ensure that you have a good grasp of all the safety aspects which will allow you to have a great time without worrying about injuring yourself or anyone else. Next, you will learn the basic rules and theory of the sport as although it may look like a bit of a free-for-all, it’s always helpful to know what you are trying to achieve.
Once you know what you are supposed to be doing, the next stage of our polo experience is getting hands on, although we don’t want to throw you right in at the deep end, so you’ll get a chance to practice your mallet technique on the crates where you can perfect your ability to hit the ball without having to think about moving too much. Then you will be up on horseback, putting everything you’ve learned into practise and combining your mallet skills with your horse riding skills, and seeing all your coaching coming together. Then you’ll have a chance to play a game of polo alongside other beginners, which is not only great fun but a great chance to learn even more as you play, and who knows, a polo experience might make you want to take up the sport on a more permanent basis.
A polo experience is a great gift idea for anyone who like to try something new and might even become a new hobby, so if you know someone who likes to get out and try new things and has an adventurous side, then a polo experience could really put a smile on their face.

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