Horsing Around: A Quick Look at Pony play

Undoubtedly one of the most popular forms of petplay, pony play lets people indulge in the many aspects of equine life. Pony play can actually be one of the most interesting variants of petplay. This is due to the delicacy of the animals, needing extra care, and the show nature of horses, frequently engaging in dressage displays and competitions.

Traits of pony play

Equine animals are a different beast when it comes to roleplay. Obviously, horses are too large to be kept in a house, so are usually stabled. Their riders don’t see them every day, sometimes having stable staff to look after them and feed them. Grooming is also an important aspect of a horse’s life, with long sessions to keep their mane and tail intact. Horses also need a large amount of exercise, be it running around fields or training for races.

It’s up to the individual pairing to what extent they want to take this. Some might like to have a smaller version of a stable in their house, allowing the pony player to continue to roleplay all the aspects of a horse’s life but remaining in a comfortable and safe environment. Others will take it much further, fully immersing themselves in the life of a horse and spending extended time in an actual stable.

It’s important to know how far you plan to take the roleplay before you begin. If you do choose to dive into the deep end, you need to still be aware that you are a human, so spending long periods of time outdoors in stables, possibly naked, can be quite dangerous. No matter how much you enjoy a type of roleplay, it isn’t worth risking your health.

Pony play accessories

Pony players can choose from a huge range of accessories for their roleplay. You can mix and match, getting your perfect set of gear to suit your expectations of the roleplay. Examples include:

  • Saddles and Tack: Riding gear is a common choice for pony players. While the human back isn’t strong enough to carry another human, players will simulate riding while the rider holds their weight on their own legs. To accompany this, pony players are often fitted with riding saddles, harnesses, and other fittings. These are usually adapted to fit a human properly.
  • Blinkers: Blinkers help keep a horse’s vision focused in front of them by blocking out peripheral vision. Some players like to wear them to make the experience more realistic. They also provide some sensory deprivation, which can make other feelings more enjoyable.
  • Combs and Brushes: Haircare is an important part of owning a horse, and many pony players will enjoy having their “manes” brushed and cared for.
  • Tail Butt Plugs: For an authentic looking animal tail, butt plugs provide a great option.
  • Saddlebags: Saddlebags can be adapted to fit a human, and the owner can use them to transport things while taking their horse out.

There are many, many more examples out there. If it’s a piece of an equipment that a horse can use, then someone has probably adapted it for pony play. Don’t be afraid to ask around if there’s a certain piece of equipment you’d like to use!

Pony play events

Pony play events share some similarities to other petplay events. They are still a great place to meet fellow pony players, and share ideas on the practise. Often though, pony play events will double up as shows. In these shows, the horses will be paraded around, often taking part in dressage shows. There may even be awards, just like in real horse shows.

Pony play enthusiasts can be found the world over, and for good reason. Roleplaying as an equine animal can be equal parts graceful and interesting. So, if you’ve ever been fascinated by horses, how about trying to live as one?