Elephant polo is a variant of polo played whilst riding elephants. It is played in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Rajasthan (India), and Thailand.
Stress can cause a variety of aggressive and fearful responses in animals. Think about zoo animals or “pets” that are captured in the wild and then confined to a courtyard or cage. Even domesticated animals have anxiety living in confined areas. Equine behaviorists have long recognized the negative effects of stable stress on horses, and a group of them decided to create a game to ease the tension. That’s how horse soccer was invented.
Horses enjoy playing soccer alone or with their riders. A new form of horse soccer is played with a large ball such as the one above. Horses and riders form teams and set up soccer goals. The horses, guided by their riders, kick or nudge the ball toward the team’s goal. Sounds like a lot of fun.