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What Kind of Horse Makes a Good Polo Pony? 

Lisa M Nousek 


A graduate of Harvard College and the University of Virginia School of Law, Lisa M. Nousek is a partner at Armonk, New York-based firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP. Outside of her legal career, Lisa M. Nousek maintains an interest in polo, a team sport which requires players to ride on horseback.

The horses used in polo, called “polo ponies,” are selected for gameplay based on their athleticism and temperament rather than a specific breed type, though many American polo ponies are a mixture of thoroughbred and quarter horse. Horses eligible to become polo ponies must be even-tempered and possess a level of confidence that allows them to navigate a field with a herd of other horses comfortably. They also must be at ease with players swinging the mallets and plastic balls used during gameplay.

Additionally, polo ponies are known for being significantly stronger and more agile than other horses. The horses that prove to be the most valuable during the game are those that enjoy the exercise and sport required of them during competition.

A graduate of Harvard College and the University of Virginia School of Law, Lisa M. Nousek is a partner at Armonk, New York-based firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP. Outside of her legal career, Lisa M. Nousek maintains an interest in polo, a team sport which requires players to ride on horseback.

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