Being a groom is a job like no other. It demands hours and hours of hard work, beginning very early in the morning and ending at night. But … who is the groom?
The groom is the connection between the polo pony and the polo player. He is in charge of checking the physical and emotional state of the horse. He is the one who knows every horse in the stable as well as the palm of his own hand.
He is the one who in the day to day feeds the horses, takes them out of the stable so that they can exercise and practice and, if necessary, teach them new movements and techniques to improve their potential.
A very important part of the groom’s job is aesthetic: he is the one who keeps the Argentine polo horse clean and neat. He brushes the polo horse, combs the hair tail, cleans the eyes, among other activities that keep the horse in perfect condition.
He even works, on occasion, with the veterinarian, since he is the one who knows the horse and watches over it and can be of help in the diagnosis of a sick animal.
The health and appearance of a horse are very important in polo, and that is why the groomers are as important as the horses or the riders themselves.
Polo grooms. There would be no polo without them. These behind-the-scenes workaholics have a true passion for polo.