The process of Making a polo pony
Let’s take Luis Guzman’s words:
“The horse gets to my organization at the very moment that his taming is finished. I take him into my facilities myself or he is brought here by the client.
Next step, we do the clipping, the shoeing and so on. We also de-parasite him and walkhimfor lighter weight if necessary.
Then he is taken care of in stable for two months and a half or three months.
So many years of experience in this craft have taught me to find communication with each horse in particular. Each pony is a unique and unrepeatable being, and from the very start we have to get to know each other in order that I can strengthen his virtues and correct his defects along the way.
After seven or ten days we start to ride him. In case he is a first or even a second timer, he is not taken to the field. In general, most ponies do not play during their first year. They are trained with the mallet but not yet played. They get familiar with the bit, the most appropriate for each animal, and are exposed to much contact with other mounts as if they were playing a real match.
Once the stage of stable caring comes to an end, they are taken to special premises,mine or the client’s, for a rest period of about three months.
After that, they get back to my organization and the cycle begins again, according to the improvement attained by each.
This rotation takes until the horse is ready to be delivered and has attained competition quality for any level of the game, which in general is about two years and a half.
From the moment a horse enters my organization, I am in full charge. That is to say, I take care of feed, grooms, shoeing, vet, mobility and tack (saddle, mouth pieces, head collars, bandages, etc.)
This service is not only provided for local clients but is also available for those from abroad interested in having his/her ponies made in Argentina.
As we all know, international transportation of horses is costly and requires certain mobility facilities that the owner of the horse is not always willing to afford. In these cases, the pony can stay in my organization during the whole Making process while we take care of all that is mentioned above, keeping the owner updated and offering virtual follow-up through videos, photos, and so on. We also offer training support to the client’s staff, both assistant riders and grooms, to help them in their future tasks. And as usual we keep offering classes and clinics all the year round to maximize assistant riders’ and grooms’ skills in handling polo ponies".