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Think you're coordinated? Try playing polo!

Professional polo player Jeff Hall shows us how it's done. Professional polo player Jeff Hall shows us how it's done.
Rachel's having trouble getting her horse to go in the right direction. Rachel's having trouble getting her horse to go in the right direction.
Jeff walks behind Rachel so he can hit the ball back up to her after she misses! Jeff walks behind Rachel so he can hit the ball back up to her after she misses!

By: Rachel Leigh

When I was younger, I had a horse named Shorty. There's a reason why he was named Shorty. And when I climbed up on Ernie - who's about 15 hands tall - I knew I was in trouble. Because I wasn't going to just be riding Ernie, I was taking my first lesson in polo.

"You grab the reigns with your left hand. We only use our left hand. You put your left foot in the stirrup, you jump up - keep the reigns snug - and that's pretty much it," says professional polo player Jeff Hall.

Sure, oh and with your free hand, you'll be holding a mallet!

Jeff Hall's being playing professionally for 15 years, but his love for horses began a lot sooner. "I started riding when I was 4 and started playing professionally when I was 13."

He must have taken his patient pills because, things didn't come naturally to me.

After a few misses, I finally made contact with the ball!

Rachel: "Why did you decide to stick with something like this? It's very hard to learn?"

Jeff: "I love the horses, love the lifestyle. The speed, the adrenaline, it's a real physical game. It's so fast; it's so intense. Your adrenaline's going the whole time. It's just a great sport.

"There's six chuckers. You designated one horse per chucker. And when one gets tired, you switch them out. It's kind of like a pit stop. You come up right next to them, and you jump off one and onto the other."

After a few more misses, I decided it'll be best to leave the polo player to Jeff and his teammates!

You can catch Jeff Hall and all the polo action out at the Intenational Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington.

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