A groomer is in charge of everything from specific equipment, latex clothing, rub downs, massage, bathing, and especially aftercare.
Riders are pretty common and can be anyone given permission to ride the pony, or horse cart. (Yes, pony play sometimes involves the pony pulling a rider in a cart.)
Clothing and Equipment
Many of the Dominants will wear jodhpurs, jodhpur boots (or paddocks), gloves, a riding helmet, and a red riding jacket. Usually they are purchased at horse riding fashion stores or can be made out of latex for fetishists. Riding crops, buggy whips, horse carts, and sulkies (two wheeled horse carts) complete the outfit.
There is a huge variety of outfit choices for ponies including harness, head pieces, horse head masks, horse ears, blinders, mouth gag bits, bridles, latex clothing, hoof boots and gloves, and pony tail butt plugs.
Ponyboys and Ponygirls
Ponyboys and ponygirls come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and roles. Much of this depends on what the Trainer wants to do with the skill set of the pony. They can be set up as a cart pony, riding pony, show pony, circus pony, or a stud pony.
Cart ponies have the most physically challenging job because they must pull both a person and a sulky or cart around. Cardio, physical strength, endurance and consistency are the most important traits for a cart pony.
Riding ponies must also have the physical strength to hold another person. All physical attributes and good health is a must. They must also have a very strong core, abdominal muscles, and back muscles.
Show Ponies and Circus Ponies
Show ponies need attitude, presence, charisma and must be well groomed. They compete with other ponies for titles that have a lot of prestige in the pony play community. A subsect of the show ponies are the circus ponies. Circus ponies are trained to be both a show pony and do circus tricks with their owners who may be dressed as riders, clowns or ringmasters.
Last, but not least, are the stud ponies that get bred to other ponies for sexual purposes. Breeding ponies are one of the most entertaining aspects of pony play. Although the word stud usually suggests a masculine gender, a stud pony can be any gender. Also pony “types” can be mixed and matched. Nothing stops a ponyboy or ponygirl from being both a stud pony and a show pony.
No matter what role you want to take on, pony play can be a fun and sexy fetish. But it's also expensive and time consuming. It has a lot of potential when it comes to meeting great interesting people and having some amazingly good sex.