Donation Agreement

It is recommended that both parties come to a mutual agreement for the horse’s best interest. This agreement should be made before the Replaypolo pony steps foot on its new property.

This agreement should answer the following questions….

  1. Who transports the Replaypolo pony to its new home?
  2. Is there a cost to transportation? If so how much and who pays it?
  3. Is the Replaypolo pony on a trial period? If so how long?
  4. Once the trial period is over and the Replaypolo pony does NOT work out does the owner accept it back? If so who hauls it back?
  5. If the owner decides NOT to accept it back then what will the recipient do with the Replaypolo pony?


Therapy Horse Assesment

If you believe your retired polo pony will pass this assessment/test Therapy Horse Assessment Form

For more Therapy Horse Selection Forms please visit

PLEASE fill out the Polo Pony Donation form and we will give your polo pony its new job placement in a therapeutic riding organization near you.


To know the real life of polo please order POLO LIFE written by Adam Snow (former 10-goal polo player/USA's best polo player) and Shelley Onerdonk (his wife and veterinarian). If polo ponies could write, Im sure there would be many more chapters but Adam and Shelley wrote for them. It takes team mates from all angels to live the polo life. Adam and Shelley beautifully explain it all. Please view and order the book

To know the real life of polo please order POLO LIFE written by Adam Snow (former 10-goal polo player/USA’s best polo player) and Shelley Onerdonk (his wife and veterinarian). If polo ponies could write, Im sure there would be many more chapters but Adam and Shelley wrote for them. It takes team mates from all angels to live the polo life. Adam and Shelley beautifully explain it all. Please view and order the book

Adam Snow and Shelley Onderdonk illustrate the real authentic life of polo. They show how it takes a whole team: polo ponies, veterinarians, grooms, breeders, sponsors, trainers and many more team mates.


Tax deductions

header-last-oneReplaypolo is a registered 501(c) (3) organization making all donations (both financial and physical) are completely tax deductible.

If you donate money the donation would be for whatever you pay. I.e. Donate $5k, get $5k writeoff.
If u donate a polo pony the value must be said it’s worth less than $4,900 or u have to hire an equine appraiser to give u the price value of the horse then that gets sent to the IRS and the place you donate to must keep the horse for a year and then you can claim it on next year’s taxes. The money you save on taxes, from the donation changes with your tax bracket. At bare minimum you will save 10% of your horse’s value but could go up to 39.6%.
If a horse gets donated and we say that it’s $4,900 and normal people are in 30% tax bracket they save at least $1,000 on the bill you pay to taxes. Alpha Tax Financial Engineering (“AlphaFe®”) is a  Multi-Family Office Specialty Tax Investment Boutique for Ultra-High Net Worth Individuals and Family Offices. Charitable Capital:  This capital can be re-directed to society through custom designed planned giving; allowing donors to pin-point exactly where they wish funds to be contributed In satisfying their heart felt giving objectives.


Legal Disclaimer

This website is provided “as is” without any representations or warranties, express or implied. Replay Polo does not guarantee the accuracy of its information and does not accept any liability for any errors or omissions in its contents. It shall be your own responsibility to ensure the accuracy of information obtained through Replay Polo and that your specific requirements are met. Furthermore, Replay Polo does not assume any liability for harm resulting from the operation of its business, the negligence of its donors or their agents, or the actions of donated polo ponies. Individuals, families, and/or entities receiving a polo pony through Replay Polo assume all risk associated with the ownership and use of the animal. By use of this website and/or accepting a polo pony, Replay Polo customers agree to the terms of this disclaimer and relieve Replay Polo of any liability as stated herein.

Sport of Warriors

army polo


Polo is the Sport of Kings and Warriors! ReplayPolo is gearing up to therapeutically assisted injured veterans. Retired polo ponies would be perfect for injured veterans to ride and learn the modified ReplayPolo game

Therapeutic Riding

Therapeutic Riding involves basic human/horse interactions such as grooming, leading, learning how to saddle a horse and progressing up to riding. With modification, Soldiers with stable upper body, lower body and/or back injuries, behavioral health issues, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or have sustained Traumatic Brain Injuries can benefit greatly from interaction with horses. Each Soldier’s Adaptive Reconditioning (AR) team will screen the Soldier for therapeutic riding. An additional medical clearance from the Nurse Case Manager (NCM) and Primary Care Provider is also recommended. Keep in mind, horseback riding is not the only opportunity Soldiers have at an equestrian area. Soldiers may be able assist in making repairs to the facilities, repairs to farm equipment, mowing the fields, cleaning stalls or many other functions necessary to run an equestrian program. It’s been documented that service-members with TBI and/or PTSD enjoy working with an equestrianprogramasithelpsthemreducetheiranger, depression,anxietyandothersymptoms.

  • –  Adaptive Reconditioning (AR) team
  • –  Experienced/certified horseman
  • –  Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO)
  • –  Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) programs
  • –  Equine Services for Heroes, Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH)

    International ( or other local organizations
    Each AR team will help coordinate the programs with the MWR and local organizations.

    Adaptive Reconditioning resources and Recreational Services may be available through the WTC Community Support Network (CSN) at no cost, or significantly reduced in price. Please refer to our CSN page for more information:

    Equipment/resources provided:

– All required equipment, including helmets, saddles and leads, is supplied by the facilities

Equipment/resources Soldier brings:

  • –  Athletic sneakers or cowboy boots
  • –  Long pants and long sleeves
  • –  Sunglasses and sunscreen – Water


    • –  MWR stables
    • –  Local stables/horse clubs certified by PATH International or the North American Riding for the

      Handicapped Association (NARHA)

    • –  *Costs may be associated (use of stables and horses)

PATH Equine Welfare Standards

1) Must have written standard procedures for evaluation and removal of equines provides centers an unbiased tool for effective measurement of the abilities and suitability of all equines participating in center activities/therapies.

2) An equine’s satisfactory performance depends on being exercised regularly by experienced personnel who can effectively carry out the schooling and conditioning specific to the equine-assisted activity or therapy. Specific fears, sensitivities and vices of an equine should be addressed. Training and conditioning for a driving program should be done in a harness. It is understood that the quality of the results achieved in hippotherapy are directly related to the quality of movement of the hippotherapy equine. It is important to maintain the suppleness and strength of
the hippotherapy equine through training and conditioning. In T-HPOT, due to increased stress, it is particularly important that the conditioning emphasize the elevation of the topline. The equine has to become gradually accustomed to the distribution of weight behind the center of gravity and desensitized to the input of the additional leg pressure near the flank.

3) An interactive vaulting equine is one that is obedient on the long-line and can maintain a circle while in balance at all of the gaits being requested. A progressive training and conditioning program is one that allows the equine to build skills based on previous training sessions. Strength and endurance must be developed over a period of time for the equine to become comfortable performing the work that is being asked. The equipment and activities used are specific to the discipline and require additional training to ensure safety.

4) Problems with sore feet, sore backs, sore sti es, etc., can affect an equine’s performance and disposition; changes in behavior may be the first clues that point to an underlying problem. The equine’s behavior and ability to work should be assessed prior to the participant’s involvement in the activity or therapy session. Equines with underlying soundness issues or other health problems that negatively impact their ability to work should be removed from activity or therapy sessions until their problems can be resolved.

5) A Some equines may not be conditioned sufficiently to maintain a schedule based on current recommendations for a specific activity or therapy and will need additional adjustments in scheduling. Centers may set any workday/continuous hour limit policy as long as it is implemented by the center and does not exceed the maximum. Centers may want to consider giving each equine a day off per week as working with participants may be stressful. Consideration should be given to the size and type of participant served when scheduling each equine.

6) A record should be kept of the number of hours and in what capacity each equine works, whether it
is ground, mounted, driving, interactive vaulting, hippotherapy, tandem hippotherapy, psychotherapy sessions, etc. Many activities have additional scheduling recommendations that should be followed. The equine’s condition, attitude, pace, size and type of participant are factors to be considered when making scheduling decisions.

7) A working session is a period of continuous service without any lengthy breaks. As climate, equine conditioning and center activities/therapies vary considerably from center to center, each center should de ne “lengthy break” for themselves. The definition of “lengthy” does not need to be written, but center personnel should be consistent in their definition. A break for an equine would be time without tack or other equipment where the equine is not tied but allowed to move freely in a pen, stall, pasture or other area and has access to water.

8) Equines shall be provided with proper foot care including trimming and/or shoeing on a regular basis. Equines shall be health checked, vaccinated and de-wormed on a regular schedule. Teeth shall be inspected and floated as needed. Records should also be kept of any equine sickness or injury.

9) Written feed charts for each equine helps to ensure that equines receive proper daily rations. Feed charts should be easily accessible.

10) Must have plenty of water supply 24-7.

11) Shelters may include two- to four-sided loafing or run-in sheds with roof or natural shelter available in the geographic location of the center.

Polo & Military HORSES FOR HEROS

army poloFor many years, the U.S. Army supported polo, beginning in 1896 at Fort Riley, Kansas. Beyond improving the riding skills of cavalrymen, polo taught leadership, teamwork and strategy. West Point introduced polo in 1901. By 1914 there were 17 Army posts playing polo. In 1928, the U.S. Army team made it to the final of the U.S. Open, and there were Army polo teams across the U.S. as well as in the Philippines, Hawaii and Panama.

However, the increasing mechanization of the Army and the realities of World War II ended the Army’s reliance on horses, and thus ended Army polo as well.


Letter from Polo Player, Trainer, Owner and Equestrian Healing Services

To whom this may concern,
The other day I had a discussion with Brittany Halstead about her web site
REPLAYPOLO and the benefits that it could bring to retiring polo ponies, and to
PATH centers who may be in need of decent therapy horses.

My opinion is from the prospective of an owner, trainer, polo player,
and a complementary therapist (energy healer), who has personally rehabbed and
re-homed many polo ponies. Here are the main points that I think would make this a
wonderful program to offer.

The number of horses in need of a new occupation could be a huge source of donations.
**Polo is a strenuous sport so horses tend to retire at a younger age than other
riding disciplines. Many players are happy for their beloved horses to go somewhere
they can become a pleasure riding horse, this same population may be
pleased to donate to a recognized organization instead. The owner no longer has the
expense of maintaining the retired horse, and they can feel good that the horse has
a more suitable job helping others.

**While they’re may be a lot of horses who aren’t right for your purposes the sheer
number of those who could use new homes would give a good opportunity to be
selective and find a good match.

Good Manners
**Polo ponies are used to living in and traveling in groups. Having people tie up
their tails and bandage the legs to play, have mains clipped each week when playing,
and are generally very tolerant. Most spend half the year working and are stabled,
and the other half turned out with a group of horses. They usually don’t panic when
anther horse rides up behind them or bumps into them. They have traveled a lot and
been exposed to a lot of different people. The good ones are very tolerant of rider

**Not all the horses are highly strung thoroughbreds. The sport has a wide variety
of players from beginner to professional, and not all riders are on thoroughbreds
that you see when you watch high goal polo (top end of the sport.) The Crillo pony
from Argentina, and Uruguay, are very popular in the sport for their calm
temperaments. Even the ones that are very well conditioned will probably calm down
when they come off of sweet feeds and other grain and aren’t hyped up to play. Quite
often in the sport of polo people learn to play and ride at the same time, not ideal
from my perspective but, it shows that there are a lot of beginner friendly horses
in the sport.

Kind Regards,

Allison Robbins

 Click to view…Equestrian Healing Service

ReplayPolo Helps Retired Polo Ponies Find Their Second Career

#3 Beach polo Vinceremos and Grand champions

Juli at polo

ReplayPolo Helps Retired Polo Ponies Find Their Second Career

By Brittany Halstead

Polo is a very demanding sport that requires an equine athlete be exceptionally agile and balanced, exhibit a great work ethic and be acutely responsive to the rider’s aids and body language. Eventually these athletes reach the point of retirement in their professional career. Even when they can’t play at high levels anymore, these ponies are far from the end of their potential and have miles of experience to give. ReplayPolo specializes in rehoming retired polo ponies to pay it forward as therapy horses or members of an interscholastic or intercollegiate polo team to help teach children how to play polo. One of the primary goals of ReplayPolo is to make sure these equine athletes receive the highest standard of care as they enter their second career.

World-renowned 10-goal polo player, Pelon Stirling explained why most players choose to retire their mounts. “If the horse has not played extremely well and needs to be retired because of age, an injury, or has just played enough polo; it becomes complicated for us to find a very good home for them. The horses deserve to live a good life and it is important for us to be certain that the horse will be taken good care of.”

James Armstrong, a former six-goal player, donated his polo pony, Azuri, because he felt it was time to reward her with a much-deserved retirement. Kylie Long, who has ridden at Saddle Up Therapeutic Riding Organization for 11 years, said Azuri is her favorite horse, which she describes as “sweet, dependable and smooth.” The two bonded as they both learned the techniques of dressage and later participated at the Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding’s regional horse show. Kylie exclaimed, “I received my highest score ever in dressage. I was very surprised because Azuri performed better than the retired dressage horses.”

ReplayPolo is beginning to make a lot of connections between owners of polo ponies and therapeutic riding organizations. It is delightful to know these retired polo ponies get rehomed, loved, while paying it forward to help people with disabilities live a better life. Adam Snow achieved a 10-goal rating, something only a handful of USA Polo Players will ever see. He believes “polo ponies are good for therapeutic riding because the quiet ones end up being the best, the hot ones don’t make good polo ponies. The level of desensitization is what makes polo ponies ideal”; that is identical with a therapy horse as well.

Amanda Hogan, a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International Certified Master Instructor and executive director of Windrush Therapeutic Farm, shared her thoughts on retired polo ponies. “Windrush’s founder Marj Kittredge started this program in 1964 with two retired polo ponies and an off-the-track Thoroughbred who became a terrific therapeutic riding horse. We have probably had about 10 more retired polo ponies in the time I have been here.” stated Hogan.

Happy Trails Hawaii Horse Ranch, graciously volunteered to start an Equestrian Assisted Psychotherapy program to help wounded veterans. The program’s horses are actively playing polo ponies and some are retired polo ponies. Sarah Teske, a US Marine, certified EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning) instructor and polo player helped build this program. This program hosts equine sessions for wounded warriors. Sarah said, “Sometimes horses have a better idea of what to do than the humans. The director of Happy Trails witnessed a miraculous moment between a wounded warrior with PTSD and a horse. It was the first time in 6 months, since the kid came off the battlefield that he has smiled. —The horses are magical”. ReplayPolo will be reaching out to disabled veterans, to learn the ReplayPolo modified polo game. Hopefully these disabled veterans will learn, improve and begin to play polo with the Army and Navy.

ReplayPolo modified polo game is in the process of being integrated into PATH international therapeutic riding organizations. Many of these organizations also host Horses for Heroes programs, for disabled veterans to learn to ride and heal with equine therapy. The USPA Armed Forces committee has graciously agreed to help ReplayPolo geared up to help our disabled veterans.

People with disability playing Polo

Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center is located in the home of USA high goal polo, Wellington, FL. Playing polo is one activity that riders at Vinceremos enjoy as a part of therapeutic riding. However, the riders are not mounted on retired polo ponies, they use the center’s horses which the staff acclimate to a 10-inch beach ball and polo mallets. ReplayPolo is hoping for a farm that will do the same but with only retired polo ponies.

 Susan Guinan also shares the therapeutic value of polo benefits. “Our riders play polo on a saddle pad with a surcingle. This is similar to the way kids learn to ride and play polo in Argentina. In polo it is all about getting the ball, our natural balance and instincts take over. The young man with autism who verbalizes every movement he makes in his weekly lesson focuses on the task at hand, and the noise and distractions around him disappear. The child who hasn’t found their voice suddenly has lots to say when to ball trickles over the goal line.” What do the players learn? “They learn about what a mallet is, about being on a team, the rules of the game, taking turns and what a goal is on and off the field. The astonishment on the faces of the parents when they witness their child riding down the arena heading towards the goal is simply amazing. This is confirmation that all of this is about the ability of each child, not the disability”, stated Guinan.

Juli Ezcurra, a 15-year-old with Down syndrome, son of Julio Ezcurra, a former six-goal professional polo player; has been learning to play polo for six years in Argentina, Florida and New York. Julio believes, “Playing polo has enhanced Juli’s concentration, alertness, core strength, self-esteem and social skills. Playing polo and the connection between horse and rider enhances the quality of life for people with special needs”.

 Polo Ponies’ Career and Life transition

Mark V. Sedacca declares, “As the Chairman of the USPA Equine Welfare Committee, the newly organized ReplayPolo website is beneficial for people with disabilities, beginner riders, intercollegiate team, and for polo ponies. We are fortunate to have Brittany Halstead to help us continue to respect and protect our horses after they leave the polo field.”


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