I believe polo is a fairly natural past time for a horse: they are running around at great spead chasing the lead horse- just like you see horses do when they are playing with each other. Polo Ponies are very inteligent, and pick up on how the game is played. A good polo pony plays the game for the rider, and I always say that my ponies are better polo players than I will ever be. They follow the ball, try not to follow or step on the ball, and kick the ball at the most opportune moment.
These very intelligent and athletic creatures do't have a choice as to whether they will play or not, or who will own and take care of them. This decision rests upon my responsibility, and is a huge obligation. It is an obligation to to the horse and community to protect and care for the horse to ensure their long term health and happiness. To provide for them all the necessities and wants of life...not only to be fed, but to be provided a happy and safe environment in which to grow up and live. We have a relationship in which we put our lives in the other's hands (or hooves.)
It takes a very special bread of human, like horse, to be able to truly develop this relationship. It is one thing to ride a horse, own a horse, or play polo, but it is the true essence of being a man to have these characteristics of trust and respect. If I don't show value, respect, honesty, and open mindadness in my relationship with my Polo Ponies they will let me know. It is one thing to give birth to a child and another to be a father, and it is one thing to own a polo pony and be the owner of a polo pony. This is not just an obligation to my Polo Ponies, but also to my community and family. It is often said that you are like your pet (or your pet is like you,) and I am proud of my horse who all have the utmost integrity.
I wish to instill these values and understanding in my students, and my community.