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Grit and Grace: on Learning From Failure

BY PONYMOMAMMY Grit is having the courage to push through no matter what the obstacles are, because it’s worth it - Chris Morris Grace means that all of your mistakes now serve a purpose instead of...

It Takes a Village

BY PONYMOMAMMY 2021 has not started out the way I envisioned. My always-find-the-positive mentality has been tested beyond its usual threshold. There have been days that I have genuinely wondered how I was going to...

Equestrian Advice to Ride (and Live) By

BY PONYMOMAMMY The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. So I give you some of my favorite pearls of wisdom, in no particular order. Some of these are from...

In the Absence of Pony Finals, We Need Empathy More Than Anything Else

BY PONYMOMAMMY When I heard the new that Pony Finals had cancelled, my heart actually broke for those kids. The ones on the grounds with their ponies, the ones on the road heading to the...

Making Lemonade from Lemons: Bettering Our Pony During the Pandemic

BY PONYMOMAMMY If I have a fatal flaw, it’s that I (often naively) gravitate towards the positive side of a situation. When my youngest was hospitalized a couple years ago, it was a scary situation...

Returning to Our (New) Horse Show Normal

BY PONYMOMAMMY I never thought I would miss the inevitable horse show hangover, but after months of quarantine and cancelled shows, my body was craving the Monday morning exhaustion, empty bank account, and crazy tan...

Progress, Not Perfection: Mental Wellness in the Barn

By PonyMomAmmy I have always said that having horses is my therapy. I justify the expense of ponies by saying that it’s cheaper than having a psychologist on call 24 hours a day… I can’t...

Pony Shopping Woes

Let me say this on the front end – pony shopping is a first world problem! Being fortunate enough to be able to purchase a pony, any pony, for myself or my child is...

Why It’s Never the Pony’s Fault

BY PONYMOMAMMY I am firmly in the camp of never blaming the horse/pony when things go wrong. This concept has been engrained in me since I first put a foot in the stirrup, and I...

Where Have All the Barn Rats Gone?

BY PONYMOMAMMY Lately, I’ve heard a lot of talk about how young riders have changed since when I grew up.  What happened to the good ol’ days where barn rats ran amuck for hours on...

Barn (and Life) Time Management: Tips for Juggling It All

BY PONYMOMAMMY Horses are nothing if not time consuming. Add in some kiddos and a spouse, and some days it’s all I can do to brush my teeth. Truthfully, most days I used to (sometimes...

Sometimes it seems that the biggest lessons horses teach us have nothing to do...

BY PONYMOMAMMY It’s easy to overlook how much we learn from horses every day. I’ve been riding my whole life, and still have a new takeaway from every lesson. While the mechanics and nuances are...

Why This Straight PonyMomAmmy Cares About LGBTQ Safe Spaces

BY PONYMOMAMMY It is not very often that I feel disappointed in our horse community. Frankly, you are far more likely to find me shouting from the rooftops about how you would be hard pressed...

PonyMom 101: Tackling the Fear of Falling

BY PONYMOMAMMY If you ride horses for long enough, you will fall off at some point. It’s inevitable. Horses and ponies will give you an ego check when you are least expecting it. I’ve had...

Standing Still and Moving On: When Horses Mirror Life

BY PONYMOMAMMY A couple weeks ago, I had one of those days. I was an octopus on roller skates trying to fit in more than I realistically had time for. We were heading out of...

Equitation and the Ammy

BY PONYMOMAMMY My PonyKid saw a t-shirt the other day that said I Get My Eq From My Mom. She was all, “Momma! I need this shirt!” But all I could think was, “Yeah, kid. I’m not so sure...

Everyone Wants to Be Us: Identifying a Fashion Fauxquestrian From the Real Thing

BY PONYMOMAMMY Dating as far back as I can tell, the fashion world has been drawn to the iconic equestrian look. Some brands, like Ralph Lauren and Hermes, have built their entire high fashion brand...

Mistakes Happen (Even at Pony Finals)

BY PONYMOMAMMY We survived Pony Finals! I feel like there should be some recognition for us moms that helped groom, and clean stalls, and wash breeches in the laundry mat at the RV park at...

PonyKid’s Premiere Pony Finals

BY PONYMOMAMMY Years and years ago, when I still read my PonyKid a book every night in bed, we read about a girl and her trip to Pony Finals. That book has been read dozens...

PonyMom 101: Is it Better to Lease or Buy Your First Pony?

BY PONYMOMAMMY Your little (or big) one has been taking lessons for a couple years, and the time has come to get her a pony (or horse) of her very own. Congratulations! You are about...

Pony Mom 101 – Equitation Basics Explained

BY PONYMOMAMMY Pony kids aren’t expected to know everything, but learn in the form of weekly lessons, summer camp, and time at the barn. New pony moms and dads get to pay the bills—and that’s...

Lessons in the Learning: When Figuring Out the Pony is the Journey, Not the...

BY PONYMOMAMMY Being a mom, and an amateur, and a pony mom comes with a unique set of challenges, but it also comes with an amazing perspective. My pony-kid has recently turned a corner in...