Polo is a kind of team sport that is usually played on horseback with the aim scoring goals against the opponent. In the game of Polo, goals are scored by driving a small white wooden or plastic ball inside the opposing team’s goal with a long handles mallet. This game has been in existence for quite long and has been vied with horse racing as the sport of kings. It actually started as preparation for cavalry riders.
Here is why Polo is called the sport of kings.
- As a matter of fact, Polo game is not all about who actually stands around gazing, but it is concerning the person that owns the horses. It is worth emphasizing that Horses are luxurious asset and all the way through history, it took an important person such as a king or a lord to be able to have enough money to buy horse for sport versus as a tool. This is the first reason why polo is called the sport of kings.
- In those days, the horse racing is popular among the royalty and aristocrat of the British society who were believed to have the money to buy a horse, therefore earning the Sport of Kings title.
- Horses are affordable by a small portion of the society who are the nobilities. As a matter of fact, the sport actually took off when they started returning from the Crusades with fast Arabians.
- More than a few monarchs are directly associated with horse racing, which is the reason for calling polo Sport of Kings.
The Benefits of Polo
- Emotional benefits: This is actually developing a sense of trust and a relationship between yourself and your horse. Learning to control and care for an animal much bigger than you can have a deep influence on your confidence and this is really a great feeling. Quite a number of people that own horse are of the opinion that their horses are rather of a relative spirit in line with their own emotions and feelings; even more than any human friend.
- Upper Body Strength – Playing polo even as you are swinging a handled mallet contributes to the strength of the arm, shoulder and upper body. It is the upper body that controls your capability to carry out day to day activities, and that is why it is very important. Having a strong upper body enhances your range of motion, mobility and flexibility
- General physical benefits: Playing polo builds up your balance and improves motor function and coordination. The hand-eye synchronization concerned with hitting the ball with a mallet as you are on a moving horse is improved greatly. Without mincing word, playing polo is an enormous form of exercise that has muscle and cardiovascular conditioning gains.
- Postural muscle strength: The deep postural muscles of the pelvis and trunk muscle and muscles of the thighs are incessantly being habituated as the rider reacts to the movements of the horse to avoid becoming off balance. Playing the game of polo will fortify the entire muscles in the core of your body, offering extra control to your other muscles and sinking the risk of injuries in the course of day to day activities and arduous exercises. Above all, well-built postural muscles also sustain the lungs and advance breathing.