Polo Players Edition

SEP 2018

Polo Players' Edition is the official publication of the U.S. Polo Association. Dedicated to the sport of polo, it features player profiles, game strategy, horse care, playing tips, polo club news and tournament results.

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POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 27 wanted to come live in town. I said, 'Eddie, I don't give a damn where I live. I'm as happy as a pig in the proverbial here.' He said, 'No, come live with me.' I didn't realize at the time that was kind of his stamp of approval," Chaplin explained. Moore and Chaplin got to be really good friends and Chaplin traveled all over the country looking for horses. Moore also gave him a lot of young horses to train that the pair eventually took to England. Chaplin worked for Moore for six years and later, ended up working for Tommy Wayman as well. While training, he learned a lot about bitting and how bits work. "Tommy was very much a gadget man and I saw the value in that. Dad, Eddie and Tommy, these guys are all really great horsemen and it was all these ideas coming through. I developed kind of an amalgam of their ideas, with a few of mine thrown in with what I've discovered along the way," he explained. His approach to schooling horses is teaching lightness, having the horse move off your leg with a light touch on the bit instead of hauling the horse around. That started Chaplin on a journey about bits. He met up with bitting expert Bomber Nel, owner of Bomber's Equestrian. "He's put so much thought and effort into every bit he's made. I've been very much a part of that experimentation. He'd say, 'Try this, and this is what I think it will do,' so I've learned a lot about it," Chaplin said. As Chaplin was teaching people about horse training, he realized that videos were a helpful tool. Eventually he started posting the videos online, which led to his website gavsays.com, a site dedicated to horse training, riding, bitting and horse care. On it, he explains different types of bits and there uses as well as why a horse may be acting out and what things to look for from improper bitting to medical issues. "That is what I'm trying to achieve with this website, just to bring all these things to people's attention to show them there is actually a solution to them," he said. Visitors to the website can read articles on a variety of topics, watch videos and send in questions to issues A three-ring gag with a spinner will help prevent a horse from getting its tongue over the bit. Bomber Nel developed this and many other bits. A two-jointed bit with a plate puts pressure on the tongue so the horse tucks its nose in. A rope goes through the cheek piece for leverage on this gag, similar to the one shown left. Pelhams come with or without a spinner in the center. Pelhams put pressure on the tongue, poll and chin (from the curb chain). For horses that don't like a fixed mouth piece found in a traditional pelham, you can now find a variety of mouthpieces like this Don McHardy polo pelham. Chaplin likes this bit for young horses or ones with a problem he is trying to sort out. It helps gets the horse rounded up.

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