Elephant polo is a sport that is enjoyed in India, Thailand, and Nepal.
In elephant polo the rules are very similar to horse polo, except the pitch is shorter and people riding have a trainer on board as well to help control the elephant. Originally a soccer ball was used, but now that has been replaced by a standard polo ball.
About sixteen elephants compete in this competition a year. The elephants are trained by very skillful people. They stay with their trainers for a few years and are very well taken care of. There are rules preventing harsh treatment by riders. The competitions can not happen after 12 a.m. because the elephants may get to hot.