The game of polo has many times been compared to a chess game on horseback. A combination of man and horse covers the ground at terrific speed in pursuit of a small white ball over a ten-acre board.
Polo is a game of immense skill and strategy with each player anticipating every play. In an evenly matched game, the team with the best anticipation will quite often win.
It is not a difficult game to follow once you understand the flow and become familiar with the terminology. Watching the ball is not the key, watch the individual players up and down the field to determine who will control the ball. The key concept is the “line of the ball,” or the path the player travels to reach the ball. A right-of-way is defined by the players position relative to the direction of the ball. This is one of the many points of polo that enables the players to travel at top speed avoiding dangerous collisions. The game has a severe penalty system to ensure the safety of horse and rider. A few explanations are listed below.