Pony News, Views and Attitudes -- Vol.2 No.20 -- November 24-30, 2008 PAGE 5

Got Questions? Help and Hints about the game

hi my name is Jessica im new to the game when I click play game and its loading it takes for ever to lode I have sat her for a long time

Dear Pony Pal Jessica
If the game play does not load and all you see is a white screen, then you need to make sure you have a current version of "Flash" installed.
Click on the big ? box. It will also say "Hints." In it, scroll down and click on a green word that says about Flash, “You can download it here.“
That link will take you to Adobe.com whhere you can Get ADOBE FLASH PLAYER.
After that is installed in your computer, our game should download right away. You may need to restart your computer before you can play.
If not, please write back and let us know what you are seeing. We really want everybody to be able to have their own pony!


I just registered and now I can not get on to play??? Courtney

Dear Pony Pal Courtney
We will be glad to help you get on to play.
First — did you get an email back that confirms your registration and click on the link in that email? Please check your computer's “spam” folder, the club email may be there.
If not, write back, we will set up an account for you.
Welcome to the Barn!



From, Monika.
Hi! I'm a member of Club Pony Pals. I heard that there's a trail riding game you can play, but when I groom, tack up and go out to the paddock, all I can do is ride there - in the paddock ( Crandal's ). I really want to play some other games at Club Pony Pals. Please tell me some other games and how to get to them. Thanks! - Monika
P.S. Club Pony Pals is great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dear Pony Pal Monika
Funny you should ask about other games. We are working with a game owner to create some Pony Pals games to play when you reach places on trail. We should have these ready soon. And our trail riding is being tested right now by our testers! Keep watching here in the Wiggins Weekly for news about when our new games will be ready to play


I signed up to be a tester and never got the email to test the trail. I read that the testers got to test it but I never got the email or link to test it. Can I still test it or is it too late?

Dear Pony Pal Gabby
Nope, it is not too late. Thanks for trying trail version #15!



My daughters love to play with the pony pals but the only thing they can do is groom and ride them is this all they can do? if not please let me know what other games they can do? also, when they are finished riding they have to log off in order to do anything else should this be? how do you get the pony to drink or do something else?

Dear Pony PalSteven, MH and daughters

Thanks for signing up for our game.

When we started our goal was to enable every kid to have their own pony for free. The barn and riding were built quickly as a “proof of concept.” We are now putting the final touches on a new riding game. Our game testers got to see a version this week.

The trick has been to make riding work well. (Easier said than done!) Once this trail design method works well, we will be able to add more trails easily, expanding riding out all over the Wiggins area, adding more trails with obstacles, adventures and places to interact with the Pony Pals.

We talk about this in the Wiggins Weekly a lot, please stick with us and take care of your ponies.
Let us know if you’d like a free bookmark and bumper sticker for your daughters.

Thanks for writing!



I have read all the questions and answers and have not figured this out. How do you move your pony out of its stall? And how do I get tack for my horse? Can you ride bareback? When I walk out of the stall my ponies head is sticking out of the stall.
Thank you,
Pony pal dunningcutie9

Dear Pony Pal Dunning Cutie 9
What a charming note — thank you for writing.
Many players had trouble with the way that they moved their ponies, and said they thought the ponies were too slow.
In the trail riding game we are about to release, that slow problem is solved!
Look for an announcement here when the first stretch of Pony Pal Trail is open for riding!



Testers Reports About Trail Riding


I can make my pony canter and jumping was easy. I would like to see more things in the background to look at while riding or different types of jumps. maybe
a water jump!! Thanks
PS yes i could make the pony go fast but steering thru the curves was a little hard keeping him on the trail. i found without the trees was the easiest.
jumping was easy and i like how his ears click back too when you press the side arrows! sorry i dont know what kind of computer i have but it is 4 yrs old.
i would like to see different kind of jumps like water jump thru a river maybe or running thru a field of wild ponies!
thanks and cant wait for the sound to be added!


Dear Webmaster,
it's good, but could you maybe make it have sound and better quality
but it is really good:) the thing that’s weird is that the pony run out of control
but it is good
PS. Yeah i can go pretty fast, but it is hard to control

Dear Pony Pals Autumn and Samantha
Thanks for your reports. We will add sound after we get the pictures all working right. The ponies will not be able to run away as much in our final trail ride.
PS Thanks for trying out this early version!


1. How fast can you make your pony go ? Not that fast...........
2. How easy is it to make your pony jump? Not to hard but not to easy.....
3. Anything that you would like to see better or different? Well I can't really tell what the differnt speeds are
Also some glitchs I found 1. to start the game you still have to click the screen 2 times you can't
push a butten on your keyboard
2. I was running along and then trees started jumping all over the place.......kinda odd
Have a great day!,
Pony pal mary
P.S. Your game is AWSOME!
PPS I would say that your pony goes pretty fast, so keep it like that. And I think it is too easy to make your pony jump.
Your Pony Pal,

Dear Pony Pal Mary
Thank you for a great report. It is very detailed. Remember, you are just seeing a test version.
We are working on some of the stuff you noticed.
In the finished trail ride, jumping will not be so easy. Thanks for your telling us what you think!


Works good I like it!

Dear Pony Pal Kay
That's good to hear! We have reached version #22 with our developers. They are working very hard to make sure that the trail riding game will work on kids' computers. Many kids have computers that their parents used to use. Some of these computers have slower processors. We want our trail riding game to work on as many different kinds of computers as possible.


Dear webmaster,
I really like the new version of the game! It's alot faster, and the setting is great. I have two things I wasn't soooo happy with though. The first one is that it's too hard to turn around. The second thing is that jumping is hard, too. The game is really cool, keep up the good work! Haley


Dear Pony Pal Haley
It is really, really helpful to get back tester reports. It helps us very much to find out from Pony Pals from all over the world how test trail ride versions work. We want to make the game work on as many kinds of computers as we can. Thanks!


My windows vista makes my riding slow. I could ride but no faster than the walk and I haven't ridden in the forest yet but i will. The rocks seem a bit to big and to close together. and it does work the pony used needs to be groomed and taken care of and so does the rider. other than that its perfect oh and the pony goes off the track alot. Horse Girl

Dear Pony Pal Horse Girl
Your details are really helpful to us. We just got our website statistics working. Almost 4/5 of our members use Windows computers! Thanks for the news about how Vista runs the game so far. We need to know this kind of stuff.


Dear WebMaster,
The trail was great.
Your Pony Pal Tester

Dear Pony Pal Hope
Thank you for your report. We want to make our trail ride as good as it can be. We want it to work for a lot of kids wherever they are and on whatever kind of computer they have. We are also working on new games kids can play while they are signed in to Club Pony Pals.com


banner by Summer F.

Gabby's Column
What would happen if....

... You adopted a wild mustang?
If you adopted a wild mustang you would need to take a lot of time to train it. You would have to gain it's trust and teach it to carry a saddle and person. If this is done successfully you can ride and play with it like you would with a domestic pony or horse. If the mustang has a bad experience during any part of it's training it might never be tamed. Horses have the same minds as elephants, They never forget. Other than that a wild mustang is just as good as a regular pony.

..... A quarter horse and a thoroughbred raced?
A race has been run against a thoroughbred and a quarter horse and the thoroughbred won. A quarter horse got it's name because it runs a quarter mile. After that they get tired and fall back. Thoroughbreds can run almost 2 miles before getting tired. Also thoroughbreds are bred for speed making them faster than a quarter horse. Although both horses are used in horse racing today. Below is a link to the video of the match race. So thats what would happen.

Gabby says "First off I would like to ask that readers send me questions by Wednesday. My computer is having issues and I would have to use the computer at school." Gabby will answer any questions about horses that she can. Send in your "What would happen if..." question to her care of the WebMaster


From Summer F


Because of you, I'm planner of a new group for us, and, although it isn't they aren't what really happened, I'm starting a bunch of books, starring us!

I have a logo for our books and us!

My pony (Or I wish) Is Hugo, and yours is Piddles.

(Odd name LOL?)




Also sent in by Summer F.

Meet Molly . She's a grey speckled pony who was abandoned by her owners when Hurricane Katrina hit southern Louisiana. She spent weeks on her own before finally being rescued and taken to a farm where abandoned animals were stockpiled.


While there, she was attacked by a pit bull terrier and almost died. Her gnawed right front leg became infected, and her vet went to LSU for help, but LSU was overwhelmed, and this pony was a welfare case. You know how that goes.

But after surgeon Rustin Moore met Molly , he changed his mind. He saw how the pony was careful to lie down on different sides so she didn't seem to get sores, and how she allowed people to handle her. She protected her injured leg. She constantly shifted her weight and didn't overload her good leg. She was a smart pony with a serious survival ethic.

Moore agreed to remove her leg below the knee, and a temporary artificial limb was built. Molly walked out of the clinic and her story really begins there.

'This was the right horse and the right owner,' Moore insists. Molly happened to be a one-in-a-million patient. She's tough as nails, but sweet, and she was willing to cope with pain.

She made it obvious she understood that she was in trouble. The other important factor, according to Moore , is having a truly committed and compliant owner who is dedicated to providing the daily care required over the lifetime of the horse.

Molly 's story turns into a parable for life in post-Katrina Louisiana . The little pony gained weight, and her mane finally felt a comb. A human prosthesis designer built her a leg.
The prosthetic has given Molly a whole new life, Allison Barca DVM, Molly 's regular vet, reports. And she asks for it. She will put her little limb out, and come to you and let you know that she wants you to put it on. Sometimes she wants you to take it off too. And sometimes, Molly gets away from Barca. 'It can be pretty bad when you can't catch a three-legged horse,' she laughs.

Most important of all, Molly has a job now. Kay , the rescue farm owner, started taking Molly to shelters, hospitals, nursing homes, and rehabilitation centers. Anywhere she thought that people needed hope. Wherever Molly went, she showed people her pluck. She inspired people, and she had a good time doing it.

'It's obvious to me that Molly had a bigger role to play in life,? Moore said. 'She survived the hurricane, she survived a horrible injury, and now she is giving hope to others.' Barca concluded, 'She's not back to normal, but she's going to be better. To me, she could be a symbol for New Orleans itself!

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!!"

Lulu S. writes:

They turned around and behind them mustangs were vanishing towards their home.

"Let's clean up this twine," Meredith said. The Pony Pals all picked up the twine and string, putting it into their saddle bags. They were just finished when suddenly ....

Ally writes:
Someone shouted STOP!

Summer F writes:

They turned and saw... Lulu's Father!

"Dad!" Lulu cried, "What are you doing?!"

"Lulu," her father said calmly, "I can explain..."

But Lulu didn't let him catch his breath. "Why are you doing this!? Killing helpless horses, tying them up and letting them die!"

"Honey," said Mr. Sanders, "It's not what you think..."

But Lulu was crying and screaming so loud, she didn't hear him. "I knew you studied animals, but killing them?!" Lulu bust into tears. "I thought you were my father, but I guess you're not!"

"Lulu," Snow White said calmly, "Maybe your father..."

"HE'S NOT MY FATHER!" screamed Lulu. When she saw she yelled at Snow White, she petted her warm cheek. "Don't you come anywhere near Snow White! In fact...I'm leaving, for good!"

Lulu mounted. Snow White went to a burst of galloping.

"Lulu!" cried Summer, "Stop!"

But Lulu galloped further into Darkwood forest. The last sounds they heard, was Snow White's clanking hooves, and hard snorts.

Summer mounted Hugo. The handsome dapple gray pony reared and followed Lulu's trail. Lulu's father was already on Picasso, so he followed. Meredith, Pam, Anna, and Sunshine copied. As Eye-High and the Slate Gulla mare galloped behind, they all hoped the worst hasn't happened...


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

You don't have to be a Champion to have the heart of one.

A solitary ride through the woods is more beneficial
then six months with the best psychiatrist.

The worse a person rides the more likely they are going
to blame it on the horse.

The best thing about going to the barn first thing in
the morning is that ponies don't care how you look.