Pony News, Views and Attitudes -- Vol.2 No.18 -- November 9-16, 2008 PAGE 5

Got Questions? Help and Hints about the game

Thanks for letting me sign up. I really love my ponies. (I have 4 accounts for my friends), What else can you do besides grooming and riding in the pasture? From Horse girl

Can you please tell me how my daughter can "ride her pony on the trail"? We can't figure out how to get out of the pasture.
Thank you!
Helen and Lindsay

Hi, These are my questions
1. Do you have any games?
2. Can we have houses or stables cause that would be spectacular if we did?
3. Can we complete tasks on the bulletin board and can we enter in competitions and jump
Those are my questions please, make ClubPonyPals.com more fun, more people would tell people to join and we or I would have a variety of fun.
The Owner Of The Horse Wiskie wrote this

I want you to answer my question about my pony on the ClubPonyPals game. My question is if you can go on trail rides with your pony and if you can how do you? Another question is if you can only go to the barn and ride your horse in the field?
Please answer my questions.
Your Pony Pal,
Mary K

How do I get my pony to jump and where are the jumps?
How do I get my pony on to the trails for a trail ride?
thank you,

Dear Pony Pals Horse Girl, Helen, Lindsay, Owner of Wiskie, Mary K. and Kimberly,
Our developers are working on the trail riding experience. That will be the first new game.
You will be able to ride out from the barn through a pasture and jump on your pony.
Right now you can exit the pasture by clicking on the barn.
The world of Wiggins is getting better every week. There are a lot of changes that aren’t out for everyone to see yet.
Once the first trail is built, each new trail will let players ride out to visit places they’ve only read about before. There will be adventures, visiting the Pony Pals, finding lost kittens, shopping, and much more.
It’s really important for you to let us know what you think as we build out this world. Thanks again for helping us test our game.

My daughter is trying to log on, but we are unable to do so. I never received a 'code' I thought was supposed to be sent to me for her account. Thanks for your help!

My daughter tried joining your club yesterday and we were told that it would be finalized once you sent some information to me....her parent...to fill out via email. Well....I still have not received anything so she is not able to get onto your site and play. Is there something wrong? Why have I not received the information? She is very anxious to enjoy her pony and games so I thought I would write to see what was going on. It shows you have the correct email address and I have checked my spam box just to make sure it wasn't sent there but still...nothing.

Hi, My daughter is waiting anxiously to get onto your website but we never get the e -mail for the parental confirmation.
She is 6 and would love to play and be a tester.
Please let us know what we need to do.
Thank you
Michelle and Lily

I agreed to the e-mail and still cannot login
Please respond.

Hi this is Leigh. My registration is complete but when I try to login, it does not let me go into the game. And I put in my User Name, Password, And Coupon Code in right. Do you Know what is wrong? If you do please e-mail me.

Dear Pony Pals Kim, Stephanie, Michelle, Lily, M and Leigh
You should get an email response with a link that lets you log in right away. Please try signing in again and creating a new account. A known problem is that Yahoo, a big email company, thinks that ClubPonyPals signup emails are spam.

Right now, Yahoo filters out and deletes ClubPonyPals.com’s emails. That includes a permission email that would to let you log in to the game. So any new signup that has a yahoo email address may never get it. We have a request in to Yahoo to fix this problem.

Sometimes your computer thinks our signup email is junk mail and puts it in a spam folder. That means it does not appear in your in-box.

Finally, one other common problem is if you mis-enter your adult person’s email address when you sign up. It must be perfect for our emails to get to the adult. Then they have to click on a link that gives permission for you to play.

If you have not successfully managed to sign up for our Pony Pals game, please try again. You should get an email back from the game right away after you sign up. If you don’t see anything for five minutes, check your spam folder. If it is not there after longer, like hours, write to CustomerCare@ClubPonyPals.com and we will help you set up your account.


My daughter is enjoying the game so far. We have a question. How do we get the pony to move? I have read the "Help" section and it says that there are supposed to be arrow keys to move the pony. We cannot see these.
Thank you for any help you have to offer.

Dear Pony Pal Emily and Mom Amy
There are two ways to move your pony.
First, you can use your mouse to click on some little triangles in your screen’s upper right corner. Using those triangles will move your pony around. Hold down a triangle and the pony will continue to move. Let up and it will stop.
The arrow keys are on your keyboard. They work the same way. Click once with your mouse on the pony’s head to begin riding, then use your arrow keys on your keyboard’s right side. By using your arrow keys you can also hold down both your up arrow and your left or right arrow at the same time to move diagonally.
To change gaits-- from a walk to a trot to the canter by clicking on your big shift key while holding down either a triangle with the mouse or an arrow key. You can back up your pony by using the down triangle or down arrow key.
Please let us know whether these instructions work for you. Part of testing is to make keyboard controls easy, sothat kids can figure them out. If this was not easy for you, please let us know what you think might work better.
With appreciation for your note,

Dear Webmaster,
How do you get your horses to get out their stall?
Love Asha

Dear Pony Pal Asha
After grooming your pony, click on “Exit stall” and then click on “Exit barn.” Your pony will follow you outdoors to the mounting block. Then you can click next to your pony to get on and ride.

When I log on and go riding it doesn’t show me the tester so then I press help it doesn’t help and it just puts my horse back into the stall and makes me groom again.
Yes when i press help it works but how do i try the tester, what it said to do didn’t work

Dear Pony Pal Suzanne

Thanks for your note. We have changed this so that when you press "got ?" it opens a new box or "window" that shows you questions and answers. Behind it is the page where you were when you were last riding your pony.
We made this change based on your email and notes from other testers. We really appreciate your help with this game.


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...."

Haley G. writes

" ….put him with the other ponies his age, he might just play with them, instead of bothering you!"

She rode off. Pam decided that the only way to make these two ponies come was to...

Bobby M.K. writes:

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

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

"Lulu, give a cookie to Anna," said Pam.

Lulu did.

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

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.

Haley G writes

"Hmmmmm" thought Pam. "Eye high isn't wild, he wants his friends!"

Pam decided right there, that she was going to take Eye-High out for a trail ride. All she needed was help from some friends. So she quickly got her 5 pony pals, and told them the plan. They agreed, and quickly got the ponies ready.

Finally when they were out on the trail, Sunshine said "Guys, I'm really tired. We have been out here for almost 3 hours!"

"Alright" Pam agreed "We can end for the day. I'm so proud of Eye-High, he is doing great! So they turned around, but the trail didn't look familiar.

"Guy's, which way did we come from? Right I think." said Anna.

"No we came south" said Lulu.

By that point they were all disagreeing, and it was beginning to get dark. All of a sudden they heard....

amy g writes
…horses thundering around the noise got closer and closer...

Summer F writes
...(with) yelping and joyful whinnies. Pam groaned in stress. Pongo was chasing Woolie again.

As Sunshine and Summer cantered up on Piddles and Hugo, a yelping Woolie frightened the ponies

"Ahh!" screamed Piddles and Hugo. The girls almost fell off.

Eye-High thudded on his back, and gave a great burst of horselaughs. Summer and Sunshine calmed their ponies. They had grim looks on their faces.

"This isn't good," though Pam.

"Pam!" screamed Summer.

Summer and Sunshine explained that at least five Mustangs were caught, and at least 3 foals were caught. The foals have their necks in nooses, and the adults have all 4 legs caught, crisscrossed.

Eye-High stopped rolling and laughing. Mustangs? In danger? Lightning, Snow White, Acorn, Hugo, Piddles, and Eye-High nodded their heads.

While Squirrel and Pongo shook their heads.

It was settled, Squirrel and Pongo stayed, and the other ponies left. Eye-High though, "I hope my family aren't caught..."

Bobby M. writes

Squirrel and Pongo jigged nervously. What were eight mustangs doing in Connecticut?

The Pony Pal riding Squirrel calmly got off her pony. She took her lead rope out of her saddle bag. She clipped it on to Squirrel’s halter. Then she tied the lead rope to a low branch. She used a “loop knot”. If Squirrel got scared and pulled back, the pony pals could still just pull on the lead rope loose end. They could let Squirrel free, even if Squirrel was leaning against the lead rope with all her pony weight. Pongo stayed very close to Squirrel. Horses and ponies like to be with each other and feel safe that way.

The pony pal slooowwllly walked over to where the mustangs and foals were caught. They stood quietly. The mustangs were scared. They all were tangled in old hay bale twine. She could see that if she moved slowly and gently, she could walk right up to where the twine tangle was bad. If she could just ….

Summer F. writes:

...calm the ponies. Meredith tried to untie the knots, but it was no use.

The Piebald Mustang with the pink muzzle and Wall Eyes stared sadly at Eye-High. The pony walked slowly to the Mustang. He sunk his teeth on the rope hold the right front leg. He chewed the rope till there was only a thread. The Mustang pulled her leg. Eye-High said "Come on! Let's bite the rope off." The ponies gathered, chewing the ropes till the Mustang was free. The mare galloped freely.

A few minutes later, Eye-High and Lightning were chewing on the last string of rope on a Slate Grulla mare. She galloped away, that a rope swung around her neck. "When the?!" hollered Eye-High. "Hey you!" Pam held her breath. "On the count of three," she said, "we turn around." Lightning counted. "One...Two...Three!!"


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

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


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