Pony News, Views and Attitudes -- Vol.2 No.14 -- October 13-19, 2008 PAGE 5


Dear PonyPals,
My names Diana and I'm 7 and I love the site! My big sister let me play its so fun! I love getting to have my own horse! The horse riding was easy for me too. It wasn't hard at all!
Thank you for making such a great game,
Diana F

My name is Chelsea and I have read Pony Pal Books for the past two years. They are my FAVORITE books in the world! I would love to test your game for you. I am so excited that you are having a new game come out. My mom found it and says I can play on the weekends. Please let me know when it is ready!
PS I saw you in Scholastic Catalog. Well, my mom did. Chelsea

Hey I want to be a tester thank you!! Will, Becca, Elizabeth, Julie, Laura

Hi Clubponypals,
I really love horses!
I was looking for Pony sight games (I went through about 10) I found yours,yepiee”.
How do I play?
I really want to play! ;)
P.S Your club looks cool!

Hi just wanted to ask firstly where did you get the very brilliant idea of the pony pals series ?
my sister who is 8 reads them and she got me hooked on them.
secondly what is the tester thing and when will the game be ready for us all to play or what ever? Max

Hi i want to be a tester also my question is How do you sign up? i've been looking and I can't find it. Thanks! Hailey

Dear Diana F, Chelsea, Becca, Elizabeth, Julie, Laura, Jenny, Max, and Hailey,

It's great so many Pony Pals are signing up to be testers. Look for a note in the next few days so you can test a new version of the game. We really want to hear what you think!


Dear Webmaster,
Sorry for the mix up! After a couple of times trying, I figured out you must put the halter on before tacking up.
I finally did get to ride! It was really fun, but will you please try to make the pony's turn around quicker, other wise it was great!
P.S.- when we get to choose our own pony, please make a bay roan pony, (that's what Sugars coat is)
thank you!


Re: New riding game test

Dear Pony Pal Haley

Thanks so much for your note about our game. Yes, you must halter your horse before you groom it.

I think the closest color we will have at first is the bay. Hopefully that is OK for you.

We will tell our game developer about the turn.

Thanks again!


The story continues..

Summer F writes:

Six Girls, Six Ponies, And They Soon All Become One Club...
Meredith, Pam, Anna, Lulu, Summer, and Sunshine have a new problem.

A wild pony named Eye-High was to be trained by Meredith. But the pony becomes frisky and won't obey orders.

Can the six girls and ponies help Eye-High?

Or is the only thing Eye-High will be dog food?

Lulu S. writes:

Meredith and Pam looked over the fence at Eye High. He was running around, his eyes wide and snorting!

"He looks like he would be a good pony," Mer-mer said, "If we could ever catch him."

Pam picked up a pony halter and lead rope. She looked at the horse cookie jar next to Mer-mer's tack box, and grabbed a few Mrs. Pastures cookies for horses.

"Watch this," Pam said, as she walked toward the pony.

The pony started to run off but when Pam held out a Mrs. Pastures horse cookie he stopped.

Ally writes:

Then he came to Pam.

He took the cookie.

Jane writes:

Eye High never had a Mrs. Pastures cookie before. It took him a few seconds to figure out that he had to chew it up with his back teeth. Then he started to chew. And chew. And chew.

His eyes closed partway and he licked his lips. When he finished chewing Pam held out the halter. Eye High sniffed at it and Pam put it over his nose and gave him another cookie.

Pam said "He likes those!" as she buckled the halter. "Let's go clean you up."

But when Pam turned toward the barn, Eye High....

Ally writes

... fell to the ground.

Lulu writes

He really did not want to come with Pam.

Before Pam could turn around to get Eye High up, she heard a noise and turned around to see....

Summer F writes
.. a tan and white object running from the barn. Pam sighed with stress. It was Pongo, the Appaloosa foal.

Pongo was caught in quicksand and only by teamwork, Meredith, Pam, Anna, Lulu, Summer, and Sunshine were able to save him.

Pongo was sick from eating poisoned berries while lost, so he had been staying at the Animal Clinic.

Pongo been nothing but a troublemaker. First, he chased some leghorn hens at the pen. Pam bought them from Green Market when livestock were sold.

Then, Pongo rolled into red mud, making his coat, kind of a ruby color. He still had a faint stain. Then, he was bucking and kicking Lightning, bossing her to play. When Pam shooed him away, he just wheeled right back, and head-butted her so hard, she fell down.

One time they were having a barn sleepover, and Pongo was whinnying and chasing Acorn, Lightning, Hugo, Piddles, Squirrel, and Snow White. He was even chasing the school ponies. Pam tried to chase him away, but the raced right back. An like a bighorn sheep fighting another, he rammed Pam right into a puddle of black mud.

Anna, Lulu, Meredith, Summer, and Sunshine giggled. But they helped Pam get up and helped her shower. Then they put Pongo with them. But he kept stepping on each other's hair or sleeping bag. So they put him in Lightning's stall. And Pongo fought with Woolie, Pam's sheepdog when he was trying to herd her with Lighting. Woolie kept barking and snarling. But he yelped in panic when Pongo reared and punched Woolie on the side with his front hooves. So Woolie hardly ever went near Pongo.

This time, Pongo leapt like a cat and kicked Eye-High's rear with his back hooves. "Pongo!" said Pam, "Stop it!" Instead of running away, Eye-High reared and pushed Pongo so hard with his front hooves, Pongo was punched into the barn door. He chased him away. "Eye-High!" said Pam. Eye-High raced to his paddock. He was scared; you could see the whites of his eyes and his ears were laid back. "No cookies for that behavior!" Pam and Meredith saw Eye-High run around in his paddock. Pam and Meredith needed help, they needed their friends for this horse.


Ally writes:

He stopped.

Anna Harley writes:

Mrs. Crandal walked out from the barn. She had JB. He had a saddle on.

Next to JB all the ponies looked tiny.

Mrs. Crandal mounted JB. They walked over to the girls and ponies. She said looked down at them and said, "You know, if you just...."

Bobby M.K. writes:

"....are calm, think about where you would like to be with these ponies, then that will give you a goal. Once you know what you want, then most times it's just a matter of figuring out what steps you need to get there.

First, I think we should put Pongo and Eye-High in different paddocks.

Lulu, do you have a horse cookie?"

"Yes, I have a couple of Mrs. Pastures' cookies left in my pocket," said Lulu.

"Well, then I'll ride JB, open the gate to the empty paddock next to this one and then go in there. Pam, go fetch a halter and lead rope for Eye-High."

Pam quickly got a pony-sized halter and a lead rope while Mrs. Crandal walked on JB over to the empty paddock and opened the gate.

"Lulu, give a cookie to Anna," said Mrs. Crandal.

Lulu did.

"OK, now Lulu and Anna, stand at different ends of this paddock, Lulu, go stand by the exit gate " asked Mrs. Crandal.

They did. Pongo followed Anna, and Eye-High followed Lulu.

"OK, Lulu, give Eye-High his cookie, Anna you slowly walk down the fence with your cookie in sight but don't give to Pongo yet. When Eye-High gets his cookie, put your halter on him and lead him out the gate."

Lulu did. Eye-High looked happy. She led him out the exit gate.

Pongo saw Mrs. Crandal sitting on JB in the next paddock. Pongo was suddenly lonely when Eye-High had left. Anna walked toward JB and Mrs. Crandal. Anna climbed through the fence and walked toward JB. Pongo trotted over to the open gate into the next pasture and walked in. Mrs. Crandal leaned down from JB and gently closed the gate.

"OK, Anna, climb back through the fence, but be sure and give Pongo his cookie after you are outside," said Mrs. Crandal. Anna did. Pongo walked over. Anna gave him his cookie. Mrs. Crandal walked JB out another gate. Now Pongo and Eye-High were in different places.

Suddenly Eye-High....

Jane F. writes

...turned around and looked for Pongo. He looked for JB and then he looked for Lighting.

Mrs. Crandal and JB rode toward the training paddock. Soon they were out of sight behind a row of trees.

Pongo let Pam put his halter on and she walked him into the barn.

Eye High was alone. He was not happy.

"Whinnnnnnnnyyyyy!" Eye-High wanted his buddies. "Whinnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnyyyy!"

Pam came back with a couple of Mrs. Pastures cookies for horses and stood at the fence. Eye-High trotted over but when Pam held out a cookie he whirled around and.....

Lulu S. writes

Trotted over to take it. High-Eye really liked the cookie, Pam petted him.

When he finished chewing, he stood there while Pam kept rubbing his back.

Ally writes

He nudged her pocket.

This story comes from Club Pony Pals members writing in with their ideas.

What happens next? Let us know. Write to WebMaster@ClubPonyPals.com


Pony Pals Thoughts for the Day

It's easier to catch a horse than to break him.
A Westerner entered an eight-year-old horse in a race on an Eastern track. Since the horse had never raced before, it went off at odds of 80 to 1. But he galloped home first by several lengths.
The racetrack officials were suspicious. They called in the owner. "How come you never raced this horse before? After all you've had him for eight years."
The owner replied, "To tell you the truth, I couldn't catch him until he was seven."
Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the back or a fool from any direction...