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Advice from Prof. Eduardo Amaya
Advice from Prof. Eduardo AmayaAdvice from Prof. Eduardo Amaya

Advice from Prof. Eduardo Amaya

Alert state during the game

May 23, 2017
May 23, 2017
Looking deeper into the soul of the sport, one can say that higher handicapped players are in a constantly alert state. 

The same happens in other action sports, such as tenis, where players swing their racquet and tensely await the return of the ball, should their opponent make the shot. They are in an alert state. Tennis players never stop or stand still; on the contrary, they hop from side to side. Football is similar; good players are always aware of everything that is going on around them. 

In polo, a player should transmit this state to their horse, so that the latter is ready to act quickly. Not communicating this effectively results in wasted time, and time is precious in polo. A player should carefully watch the start of each play, and anticipate what is going to happen. It is therefore very important to teach the horse to react with speed (react to our expression).

Our expression is manifested in the horse by certain cues. The subtler the cues, and the quicker the horse reacts, the better a player will perform. A player’s alert state (attention, mental speed, concentration, reflex, etc) thus depends on his relationship to the horse. 

This alert state deserves a player’s full attention on the field; his anticipation of every play depends on it. However, we must transmit our feelings to our horse, and our horse must be good enough to sense the signals and act on them.