BDSM And Pony Play

Pony play is a form of erotic sexual role-play where one or more of the participants takes on the role of a real or imaginary animal in character, including appropriate mannerisms and behavior, and sometimes a partner will act as another animal, or in a sexual context may take the role of rider, trainer or caretaker (or sometimes breeding partner). The principal theme of human-animal role play is usually the voluntary or involuntary reduction (or transformation) of a human being to animal status, and focus on the altered mind-space created.

Human-animal role play is also used in a BDSM context, where one person may be a ‘slave’, treated or used as an animal by their Mistress/Master. A human pony is known as a pony boy or pony girl.

Erotic use

Like much of erotic play and role play, human-animal role play in an erotic or relational context is entirely defined by the people involved and by their mood and interests at the time of play. It ranges from the simple imitation of a vocal whinnying of a horse to the barking, panting or playful nudging of a puppy, or playful behaviour of a kitten, to crawling around on all fours and being fed, or petted, by hand. (In the latter instance, its motives may be similar to those of age play, ie taking on a role that one feels spiritually appropriate or which allows for nurturing, and a change from usual roles in everyday life). To the greater extremes of dressing up as a pony in modified horse tack, masks, prosthetics and temporary bondage based body modification (such as binding the forearms to the upper arms and/or the calves to the thighs).

Public participation in human animal role play is varied. Inconspicuously, a couple could role-play a silly, but loving, pet play scene in public, but it would look to the casual observer like one partner is merely stroking the others neck innocently. In the case of many convention going Furries and some BDSM club/party fetishist, one partner may wear a dog collar with a leash attached (some carry their own leashes, others are carried by their partner).

Additionally, some authorities classify this as a type of animal transformation fantasy. Some claim it has strong elements of exhibitionism, others that it is something adult people have enjoy in the privacy of their homes. Before the Internet became widely used the later group was virtually unknown. But the sharing of ideas, in forums and chat rooms have revealed that this is a kind of erotic role play, while not widespread, still are enjoyed by more than one fringe group or BDSM practitioners.

But for most it is still best known as a BDSM practice, or integrated into furry or other alternative lifestyle activities.

This activity is a pure role play whose principal theme is the voluntary or involuntary reduction (or transformation) of a human being to animal status, and focus on the altered mind-space created, for a majority it have no connection whatsoever with zoophilia or bestiality. The latter is controversial, and would usually be considered edge play in BDSM circles.

Other Considerations

It should be pointed out that each type of play can focus on a certain “strength” of an animal character. Pony play often involves the practice and training that a horse owner or trainer would put their horse through to learn how to walk, canter, etc, as modified for human limbs. Puppy play often can involve BDSM related discipline. Cow Play often involves fantasies of lactation and impregnation. The usual limits of safe, sane and consensual apply to role play as much as any other activity between humans who accept and respect their partner’s interests and limits. For most, this does not include bestiality.

Note: Just because one partner is playing the “pet” does not necessarily make them the passive or submissive play partner in the scene. For example, if the form of pet play is for the meek and timid wife to “transform” into a werewolf or mischievous anime catgirl, she may take the upper hand and dominate the partner. Again, how the play is interpreted is entirely up to the people involved.

BDSM ponyplay

Ponies (people involved in pony play) generally divide themselves to three groups, although some will participate in two or perhaps all three:

  1. Cart ponies: usually pulling a sulky with their owner.
  2. Riding ponies: used to be ridden, either on all fours or on two legs, with the “rider” on the shoulders of the “pony” (also known as Shoulder riding). Note that a human back is generally not strong enough to take the weight of another adult without risk of injury, so four-legged “riding” is generally symbolic, with the “rider” taking most of their weight on their own legs.
  3. Show ponies: just showing off their dressage skills and often elaborate harnessess, plumes and so on.

Equipment

Pet play can simply be a role play or state of mind without any special equipment, perhaps only involving the use of a ball or toy, others might utilize items found in any pet store like a pet collar.

Costume players, or ‘Fursuiters’, might have entire animal costumes created for themselves, sometimes in conjunction with a collar and in a few cases with various BDSM accessories.

Those involved in the heavy BDSM side of this kind of play might utilize an endless array of bit gags, bridles, blinkers (or blinders), saddles, tack (harnesses), pony point trainers, butt plugs with tails, pony boots with “hooves”, leashes and collars, BDSM-style “gloves” that prevent use of individual fingers (making a hand more akin to a hoof or paw), and related items are produced and sold commercially to those who wish to act out such fantasies.

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