Category Archives: Horses and Polo

Sundry adventures, usually at a dead-run, on one of my four courageous, loving, four-hoofed companions: Zarahas (Arabian); Khourney, Chloe, and April (all Thoroughbreds.)

Possibly Quitting Polo

This morning I drove all the way to Lakeside to play polo, got there, turned around, drove to the YMCA, and went swimming instead. Driving past my horses, as they merrily chomped breakfast in their corrals, I was seized by … Continue reading

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Using Up My Nine Lives in Polo

As if being T-boned two weeks ago wasn’t enough, once again I got dumped playing polo. This time the ball had just been whacked out of my team’s possession and I was glancing around to see whether I should switch … Continue reading

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Some Provocative Posts to Facebook

Since these garnered a response of overwhelming indifference on Facebook, I thought I’d post them here.  If by chance you DO want to respond, please e-mail me.  Don’t respond here, as 99% of all responses on this BLAWG have been spam … Continue reading

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Zarahas Gets T-boned in Polo

Yesterday Zarahas and I survived the most dangerous collision in polo: a T-bone, where one horse at full gallop hits another one turned broadside.  I was umpiring on Zarahas when I saw the ball get whacked in our direction and … Continue reading

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Zarahas + Stem Cells

Only in the last year have I learned my favorite horse, Zarahas, my former polo-playing stallion– with his split-and-bowed tendon– wasn’t just facing a career-ending injury.  It was life-threatening. (Viz, Barbaro, that fantastic race horse of a few years ago … Continue reading

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Update on Zarahas

                                        UPDATE ON ZARAHAS  (as of 2 October 2010)  Mr. Yin, meet Mrs. Yang.  In three months Raa has swooped from an extraordinary injury (bowed and split rear tendon) to extraordinary improvement.   Until two days ago he’d been confined … Continue reading

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END OF POLO FOR MY ARABIAN

END OF POLO FOR MY ARABIAN                                                         (13 Aug 10)  It looks like Zarahas’ chukkers are over.  Two months ago I heard him gasp slightly as we started a workout of ascending and descending a mile-long hill.  Although he never … Continue reading

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Postscript to Furloughed Horse Story

Here’s what happened after my Arabian’s 30-day furlough ended back in June, 2009. Someone asked if Zarahas “got with the program” after his furlough. My answer?  Sort of.   He didn’t altogether duck out of ride-offs or riding into a crowd, … Continue reading

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The Best Polo Shot of my Life

  Only in tournaments do I now free my warrior.  “I’ll do whatever it takes,” it warns.  “That’s why I brought you,” I say.    Time’s running out, our side is behind.  Suddenly teammate Susan breaks away, streaks toward the … Continue reading

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“SHATTERED!” in POLO (PLAYERS’ EDITION) JAN. 2006

                                          AWC’S Slight Revision of Published Story           With six screws and plates in his shattered collarbone, Art Campbell, 61, of the Lakeside Polo Club, is recovering slowly.  More interesting than being tossed over his thoroughbred’s head during solo polo … Continue reading

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