Pony rides. Who doesn’t remember those at a carnival as a kid. Those ponies that plod around in a circle patiently giving a thrill to the little kid riding them.
I took these photos at a local festival yesterday, and as I started looking at each photo to choose which I would post, I looked at each pony and began to wonder…what are they thinking?
Pony 1: “Wonder if there’s a lot of hay in the barn; I’m gonna be hungry”
Pony 2: “Get off my back already”
Pony 3: “Don’t let that kid with the blue balloon near me”
Pony 4: “Whoa, how much does that kid weigh?”
Pony 5: “Where’s the boss? The kid fell off somewhere”
Pony 6: “Ah, I got a pass on this round”
I consulted with my daughter in law who has a degree in Veterinary Science, with a specialty in Equine Studies, to get her input on ponies at carnivals like this. I was thinking how cute this is, and then started wondering if this wasn’t such a good thing. Laura assured me that as long as the ponies looked well-tended, that it was good, that horses need a job to do. Who knew….horses need a job.
NB: Having traversed 288 days of Project 365, I hereby give myself administrative license to sometimes post photos during the week that I’ve taken over the weekend. I think you’ve seen enough of my garden and neighborhood.