Why do polo players wear white pants during tournaments ?

Remembering that the first "modern" organized polo was played in India in the mid 1800s by tea planters and natives on local ponies one can only assume that they wore the attire dictated by the climate, light-weight white cotton to repel the hot sun.  As this was observed by the British military in India at the time, it was registered as the "traditional" polo uniform.  At the time, there were no differences between "match" games and "practice" games, thus the "whites" were worn for both.  It was shortly after this time that a rough set of rules were organized.  A later rule would bar the wearing of black boots, in favor of brown boots, as the boot black would cause perminant discoloring of the polo "whites" during ride-offs and contact on the field.


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Alex Webbe


General history questions about the game of polo. Some specific questions relating to polo in Argentina, the United States, Europe, India and China. I do, however, have a deep international network through which I feel comfortable I can field most reasonable questions.


I have been covering polo for over thirty years and am a student in the history of the game. I have an ongoing scholar relationship with the Museum of Polo in Lake Worth Florida and am working on two different books on polo at this writing.

Polo Magazine. The Chicagoan, Palm Beach Daily News, Polo en la Argentina, Polo Times, Polo Post, Polo Down Under, Pololine, PoloZone, Polo International, PQinternational, etc.

University of Denver, 1964-1966 (Vietnam) 1968-1970.

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