“You can only use that one horse, so you have to take of it and sort of cherish that horse,” Trueblood said.
“Everyone does get attached,” Harris said. “So eventually with some of these kids getting to the point where they need to start riding a different horse ... it can be tough.”
Still, polocrosse is all about the bonds and relationships, Harris said. There's the bond between players and their horse and relationships between players, who are often family members.
At one point during a practice Wednesday, Greg Russell, 56, flipped a pass to his daughter, Jess, who rode downfield and rifled a shot through the goal. Jess flashed a quick smile to her father, acknowledging the assist.
“Since I compete against him at home, it's nice to be on the same team here,” she said.
Several minutes after that goal, the sky darkened and Trueblood ended practice. The players rode off the field toward the line of trucks — equipped with horse trailers — where they would wash off their mounts and give them water.
Tristan, struggling to keep Cherokee moving in the right direction, let out a chuckle. Sure, he concedes, he had tough time dealing with all those bigger horses and players.
But there wasn't much else he'd rather be doing.
“I play soccer and I used to play basketball,” he said. “I like [polocrosse] best out of any sport I've ever played.”
Bucks County Polocrosse Club's 9th Annual Tournament
When: Aug. 31 through Sept. 1
Where: St. Augustine Pony Club, 1290 Old Telegraph Rd, Warwick, MD