FC: Polo: The Sport on Four Legs by Bethany and Ms. Curtis
1: Hi! This is Bethany and Ms. Curtis. We researched polo. Polo is a cool sport because it is one of the only sports played on four legs. Read on to learn about the rules, history, and equipment needed to play polo!
2: Polo History | by Ms. Curtis | In the 6th century B.C., polo became a popular sport in Persia. Polo was a sport played by the noble people in Persia. It was used as a training game for calvary units, and was the Persian national sport. That is how the sport of polo had its beginning. Following its beginning, polo spread throughout the world. Polo spread from Persia to Arabia, Tibet, China, Japan, and India. The British found the sport in India and were the first Europeans to play the sport. A newspaper publisher introduced polo to America. That is how polo spread throughout the world. Polo has changed since its beginning in Persia. The size of the team was reduced to four players. The style of the game also changed to be more fast-paced. The sport of polo is much different now.
4: Polo Rules | by Ms. Curtis | Polo is a team sport played on horseback. There are four players on each polo team. A polo field is 300 yards long by 160 yards wide. Players on each team ride horses and use a mallet to hit a wooden ball and score goals. The goal in polo is to score more goals than the opposing team. Dangerous play is forbidden in polo. Riders are not allowed to use their elbows to move another rider away from the ball. Riders also cannot reach over a player or another horse with their mallet. Hooking the ball above shoulder level or in front of a horse's legs is also forbidden. Dangerous play results in the other team getting a free hit. These rules are used to keep horses and riders safe.
7: Polo Horses | by Bethany | Now, we are going to talk about the horses they use in polo. One horse they use in polo is the Quarter horse, and the other is the thoroughbred. They use the Quarter horse and the Thoroughbred because they are tall, and they are fast (race horse fast). This is why they use Quarter horses and Thoroughbreds in polo.
8: Rider Equipment | by Bethany | Hey, we're back and we're going to talk about the equipment used for the rider in the game of polo. Here are some of the things the rider needs for polo: -Mallet -Specialized Ball -Collared Shirt -Helmet -Knee Pads -Riding Boots -Gloves That is the equipment the rider uses for polo.
11: Horse Equipment | by Bethany | The horses in polo also need equipment. This is what the polo ponies need: -Saddle -Bridle -Bell Boots -Knee Pads -Nose Band -Leg Protection -Martingale That is the equipment the polo ponies need.
12: Thank you for joining us for this exploration of polo, the four legged sport!
13: by Bethany and Ms. Curtis