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dtalbot

So how many times will I fall off?

Well, back in my teens through mid twenties I was a pretty good rider, dressage mostly but bits of show jumping and cross country as well but gave it all up in a sulk when I figured I hadn't got the time or money to take the dressage as far as I thought I could get.
Haven't sat on a horse in at least 20 years but have booked myself a 2 hour introduction to polo lesson on Saturday, any guesses as to how many times I'll land on the floor?
ClaireK

Probably none, a friend does olop and he says you always start off on a wooden horse to enable you to get the hang of the pony, reins etc, then the stick and the bat thing (oooops sorry that should be olop stick) before they let you loose on the real thing. But if going straight onto the real thing i reckon at least once but no more than ten    

Dont forget the friend with the camera

Claire
dtalbot

Well the chap at the club assures me I'll be on real live pony for a good chunk of the session so guess there is a fair chance of finding the floor! can't think of anyone who'll be about for photos but is anyone at the club takes any I'll be sure to post them!
lilwitedogs

You'll have fun.  I bet you don't fall off more than a dozen times.
sapphire

You'll be fine, its like riding a bike you dont forget     OK, twice  

Have a brilliant time  


Claire, I call polo(s) olop(s) too  
Seabird

How exciting - lucky ol' you!
I've never sat on a properly schooled polo pony, but I understand they're schooled to react to slightest shift of balance - those guys really ride by the seat of their pants!
You'll definitely have fun.  
ClaireK

sapphire wrote:

Claire, I call polo(s) olop(s) too  


I started calling it olop when i was out in Cyprus many years ago just to annoy the Army, cos all they ever focused on was olop and saddle club members were regularly turning up to ride to find "Major Ponsonby Smythe or Col Farquar" had nicked their pony to play olop on for the afternoon. I was so glad i wasnt in the Army!

Claire
lizzie44

When I lived in Surrey I had an ex Argentinian polo pony to exercise. I was slightly surprised the first time I rode him as he just listened to neck reining and weight shift. Took a bit of getting used to but he was a really responsive ride. Walk to canter in one movement! He had a curb bit with the longest shanks I have ever seen but was so well schooled I didnt really need it. Have a great time! Love Lizzie
dtalbot

Good stuff folks, hope its like riding a bike as I had the dressage to the level  where it seemed almost though control (well at least the ones I'd built the working relationship with!), in reality mostly slight balance shifts and very gentle neck reining, to communicate with the horse . Guess it could get a bit exciting if I end up on a remotely fit polo pony if things haven't changed though, I was always known round the yard as the one with the electric seat, give me the lazy old riding school plod an we'd go and place in a novice or intermediate dressage class, give me one of the competition fit thoroughbreds and it could get a little lively (well borderline chaos)! Me and neddy would be getting on fine, just scaring the living daylights out of everyone watching!
dtalbot

Oh well, one other thing that will probably amuse you guys, I've got Dogtags extreme sports travel insurance to cover me for the daft the stuff I get up to with racing yachts and off piste skiing. If I was so inclined it would also cover me for search and rescue in the southern ocean, the Marathon Des Sables and climbing K2 and Everest amongst many other things. But apparently playing polo is up there with hang gliding, motorbike racing and caving as way to risky for them to consider insuring!
lilwitedogs

dtalbot wrote:
Oh well, one other thing that will probably amuse you guys, I've got Dogtags extreme sports travel insurance to cover me for the daft the stuff I get up to with racing yachts and off piste skiing. If I was so inclined it would also cover me for search and rescue in the southern ocean, the Marathon Des Sables and climbing K2 and Everest amongst many other things. But apparently playing polo is up there with hang gliding, motorbike racing and caving as way to risky for them to consider insuring!


Good to know you are covered for Everest.
stir crazy

I would love to try polo. it will be so much fun and by the sounds of the other stuff you do notably tame. and remember the old addage 'cant ride until you have fallen off' not that you will
Woodsmoke

lilwitedogs wrote:
Good to know you are covered for Everest.


Probably only marginally less painful to fall off a pony though............................  
lilwitedogs

If one falls off Everest, the scream is a lot longer.
Woodsmoke

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sapphire

   
Woodsmoke

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Thud!

dtalbot

stir crazy wrote:
I would love to try polo. it will be so much fun and by the sounds of the other stuff you do notably tame. and remember the old addage 'cant ride until you have fallen off' not that you will


Cant remember where in the world you are, but seeing and chatting to them at show last summer and chatting some more on the phone these folks who I'm off to tomorrow seem a great bunch:
http://www.valeofyorkpoloclub.co.uk/

Have fallen off a couple of times over the years, both pretty spectacular! One dear old mare was so dead set on winning the jump off she decided she'd save a bit of time by not putting the touchdown in between the elements of the bounce, ended in big heap of me, horse, poles and wings roughly where the second element had been. Other was schooling a youngster, he was jumping fantastically and we'd got the fences up to about 3ft 6in, time to go a bit bigger. Never occurred to any of us he hadn't seen planks before let alone fluorescent sharks tooth painted ones! Turned tight into the new fence and about 2 strides out he spotted the super scary killer plank! Horses have very good brakes when they feel like it and he stopped in front of the fence while I cleared it!
sapphire

have a great time
dtalbot

Well didn't fall off and had a great time thanks all!

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