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Pony Play

Human pony play is a form of roleplay where one person acts like a pony or horse, while their partner takes on the role of rider, trainer or caretaker. It is also called ponygirl or ponyboy play depending on the sex of the participants and also known as equus eroticus (Latin), particularly in femdom circles. The partner is likely to be a sexual partner but might not be. The pony is often two-legged: the emphasis is on the treatment of the pony, what the pony does and the mind space it is in, rather than making the person physically look like equine.

Pony-play is sometimes referred to as “The Aristotelian Perversion,” in reference to legend that Aristotle had a penchant for being ridden like a horse.

Ponies (people involved in pony-play) generally divide themselves to three groups although some will participate in two or perhaps all three:

  • Cart ponies: ponies who pull a sulky with their owner.
  • Riding ponies: ponies who are ridden, either on all fours or on two legs, with the “rider” on the shoulders of the “pony” (also known as Shoulder riding). Note that a human back is generally not strong enough to take the weight of another adult without risk of injury, so four-legged “riding” is generally symbolic, with the “rider” taking most of their weight on their own legs.
  • Show ponies: ponies who show off their dressage skills and often wear elaborate harnessess, plumes and so on.

The classification of equine, which is arbitrary anyway, is rarely a distinction and ‘pony’ seems to be what most women think of in their fantasies. Sometimes the breed of the pony is important to the participants, especially those interested in closely mimicking behaviour. The pony may be male or female, with a male or female partner depending on sexual orientation. Where the equine is ridden, it is more likely to be male and talked of as being a horse.

The pony may be trained to trot and walk well (i.e. in a way redolent of a true equine), and even brought to canter or gallop. They may be lunged, jumped or made to pull a cart, in which the trainer will sit, and to obey signals transmitted by the reins. The pony might have a signal of some kind to act as a safeword but would not normally speak, being limited to whinnying: this doesn’t make them defenceless, however, as ponies have a natural tendency to lash out and kick when annoyed or frightened!

In a less common variant of pony play, the partner will act like a stallion. This variant may be considered an animal transformation fantasy. In this variant, the pony is often four-legged and there is a greater overall emphasis on appearance, as with dog play.

The limited evidence that is available suggests that the fantasy and practice may be somewhat more prevalent in the U.K. than the U.S.A., which may be a reflection of the number of people familiar and used to ponies and horses.

An endless array of bit gags, bridles, saddles, tack (harnesses), whips, butt plugs with tails, “hooves” that are worn like boots (sometimes also as gloves), and related items are produced and sold commercially to those who wish to act out such fantasies.

Pony play is sometimes deliberately combined or formed as part of a bondage or SM scene. This is an easy step to make since the bit acts as a gag (and may even be one) and a harness is often on the pony, restricting or controlling movement.

Ponygirls are not restricted to BDSM and photos of them occasionally appear in pornographic literature marketed to men.

Essays and Online Links

FetLife Groups

Pony Play - This is a group for anyone who likes, loves, indulges in, or is curious about Pony Play. Pony Play is: Human-to-animal roleplay, a form of erotic roleplay in which one or more participants takes on the role of a pony. This group is NOT about anything relating to real 4-legged horses or ponies. Any reference to or discussion of bestiality would NOT be appropriate or acceptable in this group.

Pony Play Event Calendar - This group is for listing Pony Play Events.


A documentary film Pony Passion was produced by British pony play club De Ferre in 2003 showing their club’s activities and Born in a Barn, a 2005 documentary film, depicted the lives of several pony-play enthusiasts.


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