From the year 600 BC, when Mongol nomads began riding horses to the present day, there has been a significant evolution in the quality of horses, horsemanship, garments and, within the later, that which is used for protection purposes.
As regards sports, back in those days horses’ bodies were entirely covered to offer complete protection. Such is the case of mock-fighting contests during the medieval crusades.
Sports and athletic horses need full vision potential in order to show their sports aptitude. A total or partial eye injury would eliminate any chance of an equine competing ever again, regardless of its health, physical fitness in general and its training to this end.
Specifically regarding Polo, from its origin to the present day there has been an increasing interest in protecting horses from the dangers implied by the game itself.
From horse shoeing and dressing used as protection (at first it was only hoof dressing but later it included hind limbs as well) to the present day where horses wear hoof boots, gaiters, shin pads, neoprene ankle boots, etc.
During the game, players decide whether or not to protect their eyesight; unlike horses that unfortunately are more vulnerable due to their position on the ground and due to the fact that they cannot distinguish knocks that may cause damage.
In turn, it is worth adding that during a match, riders put animals at risk exponentially while trying to block a play or each time a penalty shot is given, since players are allowed to have their horses stand in front of the goal posts in order to prevent the ball from entering the in-goal area.
Our Equine Eye Protection (POE) is intended to prevent a mallet or ball and, in certain cases, a riding crop coming in contact with the eyeball by a based frame anchored on the bones which constitute the horse’s eye sockets, without obstructing its central or peripheral field of vision in any way.
Thus, horses can be protected in case of knocks they may receive in a sports game situation, while being transported or when exposed to any other factor that may put their eyeballs and annexes at risk and consequently jeopardize their vision system.
With this protection and preserving your horse’s health, the important capital which possessing and maintaining a horse represents is also protected, since in addition to having physical aptitude for sports, it has been expensively trained for high-performance sports.