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#Argentina Nov 23, 2018 Day 20: Estani, the estancia owner, explained that the next phase of training the polo ponies at El Calchaquí involves “stick and ball” drills with the trainer cantering or gallop around the estancia’s polo field striking the ball with the mallet familiarizing the polo pony with the sight of the swinging mallet and its sound striking the ball. #elrincondelpolo, #estanciaelcalchaqui, #domador, #polopony  #buenosairesprovincia, #estanciasargentinas, #provinciadebuenosaires

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#Argentina Nov ‘18 more Day 19:  El Calchaquí tack room. #elrincondelpolo, #estanciaelcalchaqui, #domador, #polopony  #buenosairesprovincia, #estanciasargentinas, #provinciadebuenosaires

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Argentina Nov ‘18 more Day 18: After the morning’s training session I got some hands-on experience helping with the “cool down”. I was amazed at how responsive and how fairly easy to handle these young ponies were. Estancia Calchaquí is also home to Estani’s El Rincon de Polo polo player training facility. #elrincondelpolo#polo#domador#polopony #buenosairesprovincia#estanciasargentinas#provinciadebuenosaires

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#Argentina Nov ‘18 more Day 18: Thus, begins months of training the polo pony to respond to directional commands from the reins and rider’s legs while also training him to use his haunches for a quick change of direction so very important during a match. #elrincondelpolo#domador#polopony#buenosairesprovincia#estanciasargentinas#provinciadebuenosaires

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#Argentina Nov ‘18 more Day 18: At about age 3½, once the pony is tamed and has mastered the basic domadors (trainers) commands he is turned over to Estani, the estancia owner who oversees the breeding and polo training programs for the fine-tuning in the myriad of competitive skills needed in the game. #elrincondelpolo#domador#polopony
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#Argentina Nov ‘18 more Day 18: Rodrigo, Calchaquí’s petisero-domador, explained they start taming the young ponies when they are about 2 years old. The day of my visit he was saddling a young pony for the very first time. It was not long before Taki had the young pony responding to his commands. Pictured with Rodrigo on the black pony is Maximo, the estancia owner who oversees the cattle and agronomics, and petiseros Diego in red hat, Nicolas in blue shirt. #elrincondelpolo, #buenosairesprovincia, #estanciasargentinas, #provinciadebuenosaires

 

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#Argentina Nov ‘18 Day 18: According to Estani, one of the estancias owners, taming the young polo ponies and getting them ready for competitive play is a six to seven-year commitment. He works closely with his petiseros-domadores (horse tamers) who handle the taming and also assist with the estancia’s daily tasks and activities. #elrincondelpolo, #buenosairesprovincia, #estanciasargentinas, #provinciadebuenosaires

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#Argentina Nov ‘18 more Day 17: Estancia Calchaquí, reminiscent of the 19th century ranches of the American West, was established in the 1880’s and has been home to four generations of the same family. Initially founded as a cattle ranch they have diversified adding the breeding, training and selling of polo ponies and the growing of agricultural crops providing the estancia a sound economic base for years to come. #estancia, #buenosairesprovincia, #estanciasargentinas, #provinciadebuenosaires.

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#Argentina Nov ‘18 Day 17: While driving my rental car 450km to visit Estancia El Calchaquí, just outside the town of Carlos Tejedor, and looking as far as the eye could see I began to grasp the vast interminable plains of the pampas. Seeing the green grasses fading into the distance, you imagine that you can almost begin to see the earth’s curvature in the distant horizon. #estancia, #buenosairesprovincia, #estanciasargentinas, #provinciadebuenosaires.web clchq 18_11_0015

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