Since you’re here you obviously love horses and ponies, but when people ask us why we love them so much it can be difficult to put it into words! Horses are just amazing, how can anyone not love them?!! Anyway, I’ve had a good long think and come up with 25 reasons we love ponies. Here goes:
1) They’re cute…
Ok, this one sounds a bit shallow but ponies are just adorable, there’s no denying it!
2) …and fluffy!
Ponies give the best hugs! And when they nuzzle you for carrots, who can resist?!
3) Ponies are fun!!
We enjoy being with ponies, and that has to be the most important reason of all!
4) They never judge us!
Ponies don’t care who you are or what you’ve done. They forgive easily, don’t hold grudges, and live in the present. As long as you’re nice to them then that’s all that matters.
5) They let us forget the world!
Work, stress, arguments… it all dissolves when you’re with horses. Riding needs concentration so you have to clear your mind of everything else.
6) Ponies bring peace!
When you’re with ponies you just are! You exist. There’s something very relaxing about simply watching ponies in the field or munching a haynet.
7) They spread laughter!!
Whatever goes wrong – and it does go wrong when you’re around ponies – there’s always a funny side to it!!! (Usually…)
8) They understand!
This one’s hard to explain. People say that ponies don’t understand us, and maybe they don’t understand our words, but they do pick up on our emotions. Ponies are intuitive. You can just sense that they understand.
9) They give us confidence!
Riding or even just spending time around ponies gives us confidence and a sense of self-worth. That’s why they’re used for therapeutic riding. Besides, when you realise that a 400kg animal with many times your strength (watch this) will listen to you, it has to do something for your self-esteem!!!
10) Ponies are empowering!!!
They let us achieve what we never thought we could, and that confidence and inner strength has to rub off on the rest of our lives! Where would we be without them?
11) They’re humbling!
Let’s admit it: ponies are unpredictable and not everything will always go to plan! Arrogance can’t exist for long when you’re around ponies. They don’t care if you’ve won a million red rosettes, they’ll throw you off just the same!!
12) Ponies make us all equal!
Money, age, background – none of it makes a difference when you’re in the saddle! Ponies bring together all sorts of people!! Did you know that horse riding is one of the only Olympic sports where women and men compete as equals?
13) There’s always something to learn!
There’s always something new to learn and another pony to ride. It’s a never ending quest for knowledge!
14) Ponies let us achieve the impossible!!
From being brave enough to perform in front of an audience to galloping faster than the wind, ponies let us achieve beyond what we thought we ever could!!!
15) Ponies lend us speed…
The average horse can gallop at 30mph, a thoroughbred racehorse can gallop up to 40mph, and quarter horse racehorses have been known to reach 50mph over short distances!!!! Even if most of us never reach those speeds, ponies lend us wings and let us fly!!
Inner strength and physical strength. Heaving that wheelbarrow to the top of the muck heap mountain has to do something for our muscles!!
17) …and adrenaline!
Galloping across the moors. Improvising a game of horse ball or polo. Racing towards a giant hedge out hunting. Even just navigating our way around a show jump course. It makes our hearts beat faster and may be a bit scary, but it’s so exhilarating!! And we feel so, so alive!!!
18) Ponies are beautiful!
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but just let us gaze at ponies all day long! As Winston Churchill once said “there is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.”
19) They lead us on a path of discovery!
Ponies help us discover so much, both about ourselves and the places we ride through. How else would we have noticed that the view looks so much better through a pony’s ears? Who else could have mirrored the depths of our soul?
20) They make the best friends!
This is why we loved ponies so much when we were little and still turn to them for comfort or fun today. They never lie and will love us forever!! Sentimental maybe but true!!!
21) They communicate without words and are always honest!
Humans are complicated and small talk tedious. While we all need human friends as well, ponies are far better!! With ponies we don’t have to hide anything and can truly be ourselves.
22) Ponies have great personalities!
Remember that cheeky Shetland from when you were young? The escape artist who always looked as though butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth? The smallest ponies have the biggest personalities!! We can never forget them!
23) We experience all emotions with them!!
Joy, fear, relief, love, tears, laughter… Ponies teach us about life – especially when we’re young – and are always there to share a hug at the end of the day.
24) They form our identity!!
For those of us who truly live, breathe, and dream horses they help form our identity. They shape us, define us, and we wouldn’t want it any other way!!!!
25) We’re just plain mad!!!!!
Yep, that’s the truth of it!
Whatever you do, keep loving horses and ponies!
Horse Daydreamer xxx