Work hard, Neigh Hard: Pony Play Hobbyists Live For The Weekend To Indulge In Equine Dream, Dressing Up As Horses And Competing In Bizarre Show Jumping Events
- Ponies on the Delta’ club dress from head-to-toe in latex to live out their equine fantasy
- These events are very competitive – much like how a regular horse show would be
- These pony-play hobbyists work hard so they can neigh hard on the weekend
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By Luke Kenton
These pony-play hobbyists work hard so they can neigh hard on the weekend, where they compete in show-jumping events dressed from head-to-toe in horse-gear.
Though this group of individuals in New Orleans, Louisiana claim to be your ‘average taxpaying citizens’ between Monday and Friday, on the weekends they love to horse around – literally – as they strap on their stirrups and saddle up for two-days of pony play.
Meeting twice a year, the ‘Ponies on the Delta’ club dress from head-to-toe in latex and leather – adorning tails, gags and manes, to live out their equine fantasy as they compete in several disciplines to crown the top-nag.
Navigating their way through obstacle courses, show-jumping and even a pony tug-of-war, some of the more mischievous mares carry their masters in a cart, who physically whip them into shape as they traverse around the course.
Speaking to Travis Hoefle from The Wizard of Odd TV during their first meet-up of the year on April 3, Joey Warhorse, Pony Whinn and equestrian-loving couple Rayne Storm and Eve Smith outline what makes their secret-subculture so enjoyable.
Joey Warhorse, said: “These events are very competitive – much like how a regular horse show would be.
“We end up with crashes, records broken and plenty of slips as people attempt the jumps – the competition gets pretty crazy sometimes.
“Our outfits that me make are based off of bio horse equipment or made from horse equipment that’s been rearranged to fit humans.
“It can get pretty costly, so people are very proud of the outfits they put together.”
Misbehaving mare, Pony Whinn, who enjoys deviating from the course, said: “When I’m in pony play, I’m pretty free and wild.
“I enjoy kicking the cart and giving my rider a really hard time, so they have to try and get us to obey.
“I’m free, I run around, I gallop, I jump, I nuzzle – and I get the head-scratches.”
Eve Smith added: “Once they [competitors] put gear on, the actually turn into horses.
“When I put the bit in his Rayne’s mouth it’s like a ritual between us – he needs that transition to get into the right headspace.
“I can feel through the bit when he actually changes from a human headspace to a horse’s.
“We’re very normal, vanilla, upright taxpaying citizens Monday through Friday, so to get to go out and pretend to be something else for the weekend is so much fun.
“It’s about expressing your inner personality.
“When you get the chance to come out here and enjoy what you’re doing, while being around others doing the same thing, it gives you freedom to be weird.”