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*Dedicated to my friend, mon amie, Cricri

I like to arrive early at the place where Polo will be played, with time to visit the "palenques" , where horses are saddled and prepared in a very carefully way, as shown in the photo, each team , as in football, has an special color

Origins of the Polo
It appears to lie in Persia, where the game has been played for at least two thousand years, as artwork and contemporary writings indicate
Polo spread slowly across Asia where it was played by kings, courtiers and warriors as a way to kept them and their horses fit and ready for battle
The word polo is originated in Pakistan, where it means "ball" in Balti, a language native of that region

The Game
There are two teams of four players each and two referees, also on horseback
Each player has a long, flexible stick (taco in Spanish) which is used to hit a ball (made of wooden) with the intent of driven it through the opposing team's goal.
Polo is played in periods called chukkers, each one last seven minutes, in between there is three minutes to rest and make changes
Horses are replaced at each chukker, sometimes more than one is changed
Source: My knowledge

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