Restrictions on size were removed after World War I, and the term “pony” is purely traditional. The mount is a full-sized horse and a combination of breeds but preferably a mix of thoroughbred and Criollo. Compared to other animals, the polo pony is perhaps one of the finest trained animals in the world. It has an incredible stamina, and is praised for its docility, speed, endurance and intelligence. Most players agree that the polo pony represents 80% of a player’s game.
The pony’s legs are bandaged from just below the knee to the ankle to prevent injury, the pony’s mane is hogged, and its tail plaited up to prevent interference with the mallet swing.