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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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

Barn Rats Over Mean Girls: Life Lessons from Growing Up in a Barn

BY PONYMOMAMMY I feel like I am constantly trying to justify the expense of the horses to my husband. I get it. It’s not cheap, and it doesn’t ever...

Teens and Greens – Kinda the Same Thing

BY PONYMOMAMMY Since I was a teenager, I’ve always loved bringing along a green horse. There’s something about the process I find especially satisfying. Now that I have a teenage...

Life Lessons in the Barn: Being a Good Steward for the Voiceless

BY PONYMOMAMMY “The horse does one of two things. He does what he thinks he’s supposed to do, or he does what he thinks he needs to do to survive”...

A Pony Mom Says Goodbye to #pigtailsandponies

BY PONYMOMAMMY When my mini-me got her first pony, she was a peanut of a thing. Maybe 40 pounds soaking wet. Her legs barely came past the saddle flap. She...

Lessons From The Barn that Necessity Built

BY PONYMOMAMMY There is the house that love built, and then, there is the barn that necessity built. I had no aspirations of having a boarding barn. In fact, if memory serves, I recall saying...

Horse People Are Crazy, But I Wouldn’t Have It Any Other Way

BY PONYMOMAMMY Let’s be completely honest for a moment. As a group (and yes, I freely acknowledge that includes myself) horse people are pretty crazy. On a daily basis, I look in the mirror, see...

Upping The Mental Game For The Type A Overthinking Adult Amateur

BY PONYMOMAMMY Once upon a time, in a land far far away, I was able to ride and show without fear. Horse shows were a breeze. Somewhere in my 30’s however, my brain did a...

A Barn Owner Responds to the “Ethics of Employment”

BY PONYMOMAMMY I read the article, several times in fact, and I have a few things I’d like to add. Now it is entirely possible I misread the intention behind it, and I am by...

Talk Derby To Me: Overcoming First Derby Doubt with a Yellow Pony

BY PONYMOMAMMY At the risk of aging myself, the concept of the hunter derby was foreign to me when I grew up at the horse shows. Sure, there were classics and shows with a field...

That Time I Had a Temper Tantrum at the Horse Show as a Full...

BY PONYMOMAMMY Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is. -Vince Lombardi Here is the truth, I am competitive. Mostly with myself. I like to win. I mean, why else would I be willing to pay...

How to Train the Adult Amateur (and the kid of the Adult Ammy)

BY PONYMOMAMMY The trainer/client dynamic is, well, complicated. To the outsider (for example, my husband), the client is the customer and we all know that the customer is always right. Therefore, the trainer should do...

New Pony Parent Horse Show Guide Part III: Hurry Up and Wait

BY PONYMOMAMMY We’re back with the final installment of the new pony parent horse show guide! Make sure you didn’t miss the vocabulary lesson and prep/clothing guide, but for today we’ll get on to surviving...

New Pony Parent Horse Show Guide Part II: Prep and Attire

BY PONYMOMAMMY So, you’ve got the date on the calendar for the first show. Now what? In my last post, we covered some horse show vocabulary for the newly indoctrinated pony parent. Today, we’ll talk...