Buck said that many polo riders rode horses in a variety of gimmicks (tie-downs and harsh bits, for example) and these horses were ridden and handled quite hard, partially due to the nature of the game itself, and partially due to players who just didn't know any better and lacked horsemanship skills.
I can only imagine the kind of mental and physical state these polo ponies end up in after a few years of playing the sport. So my wonder of the week is....what ever becomes of these ponies once they are retired? You hear of "off the track Thoroughbreds"....what about "off the field polo ponies?" Where do they end up? What kind of riding or discipline would they best be suited for using the skills (or lack of) gained from being a polo pony? Do they need rehabilitation? Are they any different at the end of their game, in terms of usability, than say, a champion reining horse or hunter/jumper?
Help me out readers. Do you know anyone that rides polo? That has ever owned a retired polo pony? What breed of horse is it, and what do they use it for now? I worry about these horses, galloped hard on all over the field. I worry that they don't go on to live productive lives once their career as a polo pony is over.