Monthly Archives: January 2019

#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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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#Argentina Nov 18 Day 16: The Open’s hardworking petiseros’ (horse grooms/trainers) activities behind the scenes are an industrious endeavor onto themselves. They are key to caring for the polo ponies as well as harnessing and saddling them, warming them up and … Continue reading

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