What Is Pony Play?

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Pony play is the kinkiest type of role-play this side of a racecourse paddock.  It often draws on multiple elements of BDSM; from restraints, gags, and harnesses to domination and submission. This form of role-play creates situations that are meant to humiliate and degrade the sub for sexual arousal and pleasure. It has seen an increase in both popularity and public exposure over the last few years with Pony play becoming more common within the porn industry.  

Types of Pony Play 

Pony play takes many forms; although all are based around a role-play that involves one person acting like a pony, stallion or horse. Their partner can take the role of trainer, caretaker or rider; depending on the scenario. The horse is often two-legged – with the emphasis on the treatment and actions of the horse, rather than the physical appearance. However, there are those who enjoy dressing up and there are plenty of toys and accessories on the market to make this possible; from pony butt plugs to saddles to pony ears, there’s something for everyone! 

Forced Pony Play

The submissive still considers themselves to be a human, but is ‘forced’ by their dom to act like an animal. This form of Pony play usually includes humiliation tactics, such as the sub being forced to eat ‘horse’s food’.  

Equine Roleplay 

The submissive takes on a horse/stallion/pony persona and acts like an animal would. There is no humiliation or mistreatment in this scenario. 

Types of Ponies 

Ponies, the people who partake in Pony play, generally divide themselves into three groups, although many enjoy all three.  

Cart ponies  

As the name suggests, cart ponies are used to pull carts, chariots, sleighs, and so forth. Depending on the size of the cart; cart ponies can be two or four legged. Cart ponies need to be physically fit to pull a cart and driver, and so some sessions can involve ‘training’ and building the strength of the horse.  

Riding ponies  

This category consists of ponies who are ridden; either on all fours or on two legs, the latter with the ‘rider’ sitting on the shoulders of the pony. Human backs are generally not strong enough to carry the weight of another adult, and so four-legged riding tends to be more symbolic – with the ‘rider’ taking most of their weight on their own legs. However, most will still instruct their partner like they would with an actual horse; using reigns and applying pressure with their legs to control their human pony.  

Show ponies  

This is the most common of the three categories. Show ponies are usually taught the various gaits and how to perform them gracefully. They can also be used to model fancy equipment by their trainer or handler.  

Dressing Up 

Pony play doesn’t require dressing up, but toys and accessories can often add to the fun! Common items for Pony play include wrist restraints and cuffs, a ball gag, and a tail. A breathable gag is perfect for beginners; they are light weight, comfortable, and come with holes cut out to allow for easy breathing. We recommend: Fetish Fantasy Breathable Ball Gag (£19.99, kinky.co.uk). Looking to take control of your lover? The Fetish Fantasy Series Collar, Cuffs and Leash set (£39.99, kinky.co.uk) will teach your pet to obey you in no time! 

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