Christmas is coming and little girls everywhere have visions of ponies dancing in their heads. Gray ones, spotted ones, pink ones and every once in a while a good old fashioned unicorn top Christmas lists for little girls everywhere. Those same desperate letters to Santa begging for a pony – we have the room she can sleep with me! – are terrifying parents everywhere.
- Most parents have the sense to realize that a pony is not the best investment for their eight year old and these children receive a toy horse instead. Disappointment runs rampant on Christmas morning when there is no pony with a bow on its head in their 8×10 backyard, but in all it’s probably the safest (and cheapest) option.
- The fortunate few find a brand spanking new ASTM/SEI certified helmet under the tree with a lesson package at the local, properly insured, safety conscious stable. If the kid sticks with it and has a bit of luck a few years down the road they might lease an appropriate horse and continue with lessons.
- The pony is in the living room. Yep, that’s right Dad went on craigslist and bought a pony.
You can buy not one, not two, not three but four unbroken ponies! Anyone else having visions of a wild, galloping, 4-in-hand team pulling a pony cart dancing in their head? After all they have expert training already; there’s really nothing like a two year old running the training program.
A few things I really love about this:
- The keeping it in the family breeding program!
- Free babysitting courtesy the stud pony
- Who doesn’t love a palomino paint or two?
For the rest of us already lucky horse owners, the Christmas season means spending a little extra time with our own Xmas Ponies. (Mostly because of the sub-zero temperatures, feet of snow and that automatic waterer that Princess broke, again.) I don’t deny it I still have visions of ponies dancing in my head on Christmas, although every now and then a crazed pony team crashes into the perfect hunter round, tramples the judge and makes youtube.