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Wiggins bi-Weekly
Volume 4 Number
January 1 - 14, 2011

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New January 1st Quests
• A pony is injured in Wiggins and needs your help.
• Anna has a big problem. If she doesn't solve it, Acorn will go back to Olsons!

• To start a quest cycle, click on the Crandals barn bulletin board quest note.

New Wiggins Bucks Pricing
• Based on member requests, Club Pony Pals has restructured subscription costs.
Click here to learn more.

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Time for the Second Annual
QWERTY Keyboard Creativity Contest

Dear Pony Pals

By popular demand, we are bringing back our annual January QWERTY keyboard creativity contest. Open to any Club Pony Pals member, it gives you a chance to show off what you can do with a computer keyboard. Sometimes CPP members put little drawings into their w-mails, emails or stories. Here are a few samples from members.


Chelsea2 & Frosty

misspippy & pippy


keely & Bicentenial


Reiner For Ever

Pam Crandal

Pam Crandal & Lightning

Deadline for entries is February 10th, so fingers need to start flying. Send entries to contests@clubponypals.com as text of an email or an attached MSWord document or other type of text file. No graphic programs (i.e. paint or photoshop) can be used. Winners will be chosen by popluar vote, So get typing!

January's Live Moderated Chat Schedule

Our Live Moderated Chat is open on Tuesdays and on Fridays.

Every Tuesday
Jane Crandal's online riding lessons and mini show in the virtual riding arena. Stop by and say hi from  

Lesson Ad
      • 11 pm - 1 am London time  
      • Midnight - 2am Continental time  
      • 6 - 8 pm Eastern USA time  
      • 3 - 5 pm Pacific USA Time
      • 7 - 9 am Saturday in Malaysia   
      • 8 - 10 am Wednesday in Perth, Australia
      • 9:30 - 11:30 am Wednesday in Adelade Australia
      • 10 - noon Wednesday in Sydney Australia
      • Noon - 2pm Wednesday in New Zealand
        Need virtual riding tips for the lesson?
        Join the Virtual Riding Lessons Club!

Friday,January 14th
is a virtual barn sleepover. Chat with the Pony Pals, take lessons and enter show classes in the virtual riding arena. Stop by and say hi from  

  • 11pm - 3 am London time  
  • Midnight - 4am Continental time  
  • 6 - 10 pm Eastern USA time  
  • 3 - 7 pm Pacific USA Time
  • 7 am - 11 am Saturday in Malaysia 
  • 8 am- noon Saturday in Perth, Australia
  • 9:30 - 1:30 pm Saturday in Adelade Australia
  • 10 - 2 pm Saturday in Sydney Australia
  • Noon- 4 pm Saturday in New Zealand

Friday, January 28th

is a virtual barn sleepover. Chat with the Pony Pals, take lessons and enter show classes in the virtual riding arena. Stop by and say hi from  

  • 11pm - 3 am London time  
  • Midnight - 4am Continental time  
  • 6 - 10 pm Eastern USA time  
  • 3 - 7 pm Pacific USA Time
  • 7 am - 11 am Saturday in Malaysia  
  • 8 am- noon Saturday in Perth, Australia
  • 9:30 - 1:30 pm Saturday in Adelade Australia
  • 10 - 2 pm Saturday in Sydney Australia
  • Noon- 4 pm Saturday in New Zealand
Yes, we get members from these places all the time. Stop by and chat!

Forum Update Reminder

Starting January first, 2011 writing a w-mail to the Pony Pals or JC and getting an answer will may cost 10 Wiggins buck "postage" charge.

All other wmails to Admin, Farrier, or to your friends on Club Pony Pals will still be free.

Remember that each w-mail message sent within Club Pony Pals is still 100% human moderated -- that means every word is approved and answers are written by a live human being. The admins carefully read and check every message before any member sees what is being written.

forum layout

Try the Forum today -- Club Pony Pals' Forum is now easier than ever to use. Click on “Forum” at the top of any page.

Even better, it is now simpler than ever to send a w-mail to a member who has a cabin, all you need to do is click on the "send me a w-mail" link that's on the lower left corner of their personal page.

Any member with a cabin has a link saying "send me a w-mail." Click on that link and write whatever you want to send.  For any member without a cabin, if you are not already Pals with them, you must send them a Pal request or gift to write them w-mails.


facebook CPP

It is now possible to visit Club Pony Pals on Facebook!

Any member who has a Facebook account (or who has a parent who is a member of Facebook) can get a new blue saddle! There are blue saddles created to celebrate our Facebook pages and game launch. To get one, just add Pony Pals as a friend.
Remember, Facebook members have to be age 13 or over.  If you are under 13 or not allowed on Facebook but your parent is a member of Facebook, then ask them to "friend" Pony Pals.  

For a limited time, every Facebook member who sends a friend request to Pony Pals on Facebook will get as a gift a special edition “Facebook blue” saddle.  When a Facebook member clicks on that gift saddle, then they can connect their Facebook account to a Club Pony Pals account. When they do that, any Facebook gifts -- like that blue saddle-- will be moved to an existing account on ClubPonyPals.com.

ClubPonyPals.com will remain COPPA compliant and not accessible to other Facebook members who have not created an account on our site.  All messages between members on Club Pony Pals are 100% human moderated.

New Game page on facebook




Winners for November Story Contest
3000 WB to winner, 500 WB to runner up

Age 10 & Under

Winner: Onaneagle
Save the Wild Mustangs

Runner Up: Alyssa
Sierra's Biggest Adventure
Age 11 & 12
Winner: Warhorse
Snowfire part 2
Runner Up: Shinabella
Pepper and Brenna
Age 13 & Up
Winner: Keely
Land of the Barren Oath pt 3
Runner Up: Ponyluv1999
A New Life
Winner: Onaneagle
Runner Up: Alyssa
Wild and Free
Winners for Coloring Contest # 19
3000 WB to winner, 500 WB to runner up

Age 10 and Under
Hand Colored

Winner: Taramorris Runner Up: Nat2
Age 11 and Over
Hand Colored
Winner: KevinJonas88 Runner Up: Constellation
Age 11 and Under
Computer Colored
Winner: Grahamsluvr  
Age 12 and Over
Computer Colored
Winner: Skyward Runner Up: Oattawa
Download your Coloring Contest Entry here
KevinJonas88's drawing won her 500 Wiggins bucks and will inspire coloring creativity -- and win some members lots of bucks for their coloring skill! Download your entry here CC20
Story Contest

Vote For December Story Contest

Winner receives 3000 WB and Gold Quill Trophy
Runners up receive 500 WB and the Silver Quill Trophy

Story Contest
Enter Your Story and Art for Drawing and Coloring Contests to contests@clubponypals.com
The Long Riders
Special Recognition
to our Trail Riders

500 miles 1000 miles1500 trophy

new Long Rider


current miles leader



Want something Special for Your Cabin?
Email your art to contests@clubponypals.com Prices are below.
Note -- Designs submitted without having enough
Wiggins Bucks will be saved until paid.

For 100 Wiggins Bucks
Custom nameplates and plaques
kell nameplate nameplatenameplatenameplatebday chat plaque
design your own or use a member designer

For 3000 Wiggins Bucks
personal saddle pad

saddle Pad

Bay Pony Western Pad
designed by Livanne

saddle Blanket

Unicorn Roma Pad
designed by Rain Storm


Download the template to make your own saddle pad

For 200 Wiggins Bucks
Custom Painting Put your art here in cabin

You can send in a picture to be turned into a cabin painting for yourself! You can also create a cabin painting for a pal!

Free to Create!
We Need Sleepover Award Ideas!
send your small pictures to contests@clubponypals.com
previous sleepover awards designed by members like you!

Designers Are Waiting -- click here to view their ads

Note -- Designers Wiggins Bucks fees are additional.

Vote Nowcabin winner
Click here to see who's entered and vote for your favorite. Too see entries you must be logged in to Club Pony Pals

Cabin Decorating Contest
One lucky member will win 3,000 Wiggins Bucks and a Cabin of the Week Trophy!

Last Issue's Cabin Winner




Send contests@clubponypals.com an email telling us the username's cabin you want to enter. Rules are: Each issue six cabins will be chosen from the entries for member voting. Members can enter enter as often as they like, but winners cannot enter this contest again for six months.

Look for more new fun furniture items soon. Have a request
for something you want to add? Let us know!

Drawing of the Issue Contest

by Onaneagle


acorn drawing

by Caseylovesdallas


by Captainpony274

drawing winner

Winner gets 500 Wiggins bucks, and their art is made into a painting for members' cabins. If you want to enter, send your art to the Contests@ClubPonyPals.com or mail it to:

Club Pony Pals
16654 Soledad Canyon Road #382
Canyon Country, CA 91387 USA

If you want a sticker and bookmark make sure and include a mailing address where we can send it!

Cartoon Caption Contest -- This issue's caption winner



Horse1: What is Bob the Singing Horse doing? Girl: Fulfilling his name. SadieT


Girl:You are the worst singer ever! Horse 1: Oh ya! I just won 10,000 on Horse's got Talant! Horse 2: I got on Americas Got Talent. Girl: Nuh uh! Horse 1 & 2: Ya hu!
by Abbie831

This winning caption's writer got 500 Wiggins bucks.
The runner-up caption gets 100 Wiggins bucks.

Vote for your favorite caption for this cartoon--
ajaxsluvr101 cartoon

Write a caption for this --


by Maid Mairain

Can you write the winning funny caption for this cartoon? Deadline is Thursday before the next newsletter issue. Email it to Contests@clubponypals.com

Look for the entries in the next issue's e-newsletter and vote for your favorite.

Winning caption gets 500 bucks, runners-up get 100 W bucks each. Captions should be short.

or draw a cartoon --

We are looking for cartoon artists, too. Draw one and email it to us by Thursday.

If it is selected, you can earn 500 Wiggins bucks! Hint -- for this contest, please draw your cartoon in black and white. If you want to enter, send your art to Contests@ClubPonyPals.com or mail it to:

Club Pony Pals
16654 Soledad Canyon Road #382
Canyon Country, CA 91387 USA

Envelope Art Contest! Win 100 Wiggins Bucks!

by Livanne



by Maid Mairain


by Nyx


by Rain Storm



Mustangs by Alyssa


Mustangs live in herds in the wild. They are not true    wild horses as they are descended from horses that were domesticated. Their name comes from a Spanish word meaning: “a horse with no owner.”

Any color, but brown, bay, and chestnut are the most common.

Height Range:
13hh – 16hh

Distinguishing features:
Compact body, strong legs, hard hooves

Country of origin:
Western U.S.A.

What are they used for:
Cattle Herding

Hardy and unpredictable

Mustangs are tough, wild warmblood horses of the United States. They are descended from Spanish horses that were brought over by Europeans in the sixteenth century. Due to interbreeding with many other breeds, Mustangs can be almost any color and also vary a great deal in size
and height.

clicker club

EagleGirl's Clicker Club Training Column

One of the hallmarks of clicker training is the reinforcement of desired behavior.  We have talked quite a bit about this already.  But now we are going to look at the other side of the coin:  the reduction of undesirable behavior.  If your pet is alive and breathing, he is going to, at some point or another, exhibit undesirable behavior.  After all, if his behavior was perfect, and he already did everything you asked, you wouldn't need to clicker train, would you?  Undesirable behavior can run the gamut from doing nothing when given a request or command, to aggression and unsafe actions, such as biting.  It may be merely annoying, or it may be life-threatening.  It could also be anywhere in between.

Let me take a minute to point out that dangerous behavior is unacceptable in a pet.  If your animal is exhibiting threatening behavior, you need to immediately let your parents know, and they may have to enlist the help of professionals.  Please do not undertake the training of a dangerous animal on your own.

But for other animals, how do we reduce undesirable behavior?  Well, that is the subject of our column this issue.  So hone your powers of observation, and let's get ready to work on both ends of the spectrum with our clicker training.

First of all, we can make sure we do reinforce behavior we do want.  We have talked about this from our very first clicker column.  This is what people usually think of when they think of clicker training.  They think you click for what you want.  Well, you do, but that is not all you do in clicker training.

Which brings me to our second point.  Do not reinforce behavior that you do not want.  Sometimes we will goof - it happens - but we must be aware of what our pet is doing and take care that we do not reward his bad behavior.  Sometimes we do this inadvertently.  If your dog wants your attention, and he jumps up on you and barks, what do you do?  If you start talking to him and touching him, trying to get him to quit jumping, he has just achieved what he was aiming for - your complete and undivided attention.  So, for him, jumping and barking works, and he will do it again, probably with the same results.  If your pony uses his head to push or bump you, and you turn to talk to him or touch him, he has also achieved his goal - your attention.

If you ignore or discourage the undesirable behavior, and reward the desirable behavior, eventually your pet will give up on the "bad stuff" and exhibit the "good stuff".  Why?  Because he will be getting something out of the "good stuff", and reward is the motivation for most, if not all, behavior, isn't it?  So the discouragement of unwanted behavior and the reinforcing of desired behavior work in tandem.  They will be "partners" in every training session.  We must employ our powers of observation, and learn to figure out what our pet is getting out of his behavior.  Animals, and people too, for that matter, seldom if ever continue behavior that is not productive.  So our job, as owners/trainers, is to figure out what reward our pet thinks he is getting by his behavior.  And then, we must take steps to ensure that he no longer receives whatever benefit he is reaping.  In the meantime, we must not forget to reward desirable behavior, so he will be motivated to continue it.

The next point we need to address is this.  Learn to know when you need to ignore behavior, and when you need to actively counteract it.  Let's go back to the example of the pony that bumps you with his head.  If he is not bumping you hard enough to hurt you, then you can ignore this behavior.  Turn your back to him, stand quietly, and wait.  If he bumps you, ignore him.  Wait a short time (but not too long, because then he might bump you again.  If he does, though, just start over with your waiting), then click, turn to him, and treat.  Stand quietly, facing him this time, and wait.  If he doesn't bump you after a short period of time, then click and treat again.  If he does bump you, immediately turn your back to him.  Now you have progressed from simply ignoring the behavior to actively disengaging.  If he wants your attention, then your turning away from him will serve as a penalty, or an "unreward".  (No, there's no such word, but it fit, so . . .)  If you continue to disengage when he bumps you, while actively reinforcing his standing quietly, he will begin to realize that standing quietly gets him what he wants, and he will begin to exhibit that behavior more and more often.  This same technique is the one you would employ with the jumping, barking dog.

Our next point is:  learn to play "the waiting game".  Perhaps you want your pony to touch a target, but he grabs it with his lips or teeth instead.  Now, if you want him to learn to pick things up, this could well be a starting point for that activity, and you would want to reinforce it, as long as he wasn't too rough.  Many "tricks" start out just this way - an animal does something and his trainer works to put it "on cue", or to have him do it when asked.  But if you really want him to just touch the target with his muzzle or lips, then you will need to work to reduce the grabbing behavior.  And you will do that by not rewarding it.  This is what the waiting game does.  It withholds the reward, and the animal will actively work to exhibit behavior that will reap a reward.  If your pony grabs the target and hears no click, he will try again to "make you click".  When you don't, he will eventually try a different behavior.  Once he hits upon the behavior that "makes you click", he will exhibit it more and more often.  Your job is to reinforce it when he does.  Click.  Treat.

If he grabs the target, don't play tug-o'-war with him.  Just stand and hold the target steady.  He will probably let go.  When he does, wait a little bit, then ask again.  You might hold it in a different place or at a different angle, to help discourage grabbing.  Continue until he touches it the way you want him to.  Then immediately click and treat.  If he doesn't let go, don't get into a tussle.  You let go, and turn away from him.  You don't have to turn all the way around.  Just turn so you are not facing him, and do not look at him directly, but out of the corner of your eye.  Ignore him until he is very quiet.  Then retrieve the target.  If he is still holding it, gently grasp it and wait until he lets go.  If you want to reinforce his giving you things, you can click and treat here.  But if you don't want to work on that, and you want to continue working on targeting, then just ignore that behavior and continue with the targeting lesson.  If he has dropped it, don't just bend over to get it.  It is not a good idea to bend down by an equine - it is better to use your foot to move the target away from your pony, then pick it up.  And don't bend with your head towards your equine; heads and hooves do not mix.  "Safety First" is a good motto to live by!

One note here:  every animal is different.  One of my mules targets with his muzzle, and is very gentle.  Sometimes he will barely touch the target.  The other mule will sometimes almost bang targets with her lips, and will sometimes even take hold of them.  It is simply the difference in their personalities.  I click for targeting, accepting the way each mule does the job.  I have noticed that my "grabber" mule has become less and less of a grabber, and targets much more gently than she did at first.  Observe your pet, and learn to know him, and let this be your guide as you work with him.

Continue to ask your pony to target, discouraging grabbing by not rewarding it.  Do immediately click and treat when your pony touches the target in an acceptable fashion.  You may remember that in a previous column we talked about "shaping" behavior, that is, clicking for each tiny step leading up to the desired behavior.  When you are shaping, you will at first click for the slightest movement of your pony's head in the direction of the target.  Then you progress little by little, until your pony is targeting when asked.  That advice still stands.  But in this column, we are talking specifically about reducing undesirable behavior, and we are discussing ways that you can do that.  Again, it all works together.

The key, as always, is observation.  The better you become at observing your pony, and learning to figure out what he needs, the better able you are to apply the various techniques at the right time.  And if you do "mess up", clicker training is very forgiving.  You just go on and do better the next time.  If you accidentally click for something you don't want, just don't treat and quickly move on.  Don't click for it again, and your pony will give up and move on to something that will generate a click and treat.

So, in working to reduce undesirable behaviors, there are several things we can do.  We can reward the behavior we want, and discourage the behavior we don't want.  We can do this by either ignoring it, or actively discouraging it.  We can continue to sharpen our powers of observation, and learn to know our pets better, so that we will know when to ignore and when to discourage.  We can learn to play the waiting game, which makes the animal think and work to exhibit behavior that will produce a reward.  And above all, we can observe, observe, observe, so that we will become better capable of determining what our pet needs.

Until then, happy clicking!

Shetlands by Whiskywoo

skewbald, piebald, black, chestnut, bay, grey/gray, palomino, dun, roan, cremello, silver dapple.

Height Range:
7hh - 11.2hh

Distinguishing features:
Intelligent, small size, sturdy build, and thick coat, compact and strong. American subtype more refined with longer legs and finer coat.

Country of origin:
Shetland Isles just off the coast of Scotland

What are they used for:
Carriage pulling, riding, showing and sometimes pantomime. Miniature ones can be used as helping people that are blind.

Are They Suitable for Their Jobs?:
Yes because they are sturdy and intelligent.

acorn shetland

Famous Shetlands

Acorn a bay Shetland who belongs to one of the Pony Pals - Anna. Acorn is Anna's pony that she loves. Acorn had a lot of owners. Acorn is stubborn and he loves to jump. He also pulls carts.

Letters from Members

from Maid Mairain

letter to CPP


from Livanne

Livanne letter

Answer to Livanne's Letter from Jane Crandal:

Hi Livanne! Thanks for writing!
If you would like your pad for your pony in CPP, please include 3000 W-bucks and a w-mail to Admin. You can send in drawings for the Drawing Contest at anytime to contests@clubponypals.com. The winners are published in the Wiggins bi-Weekly! Thanks again!
- JC -

Bay Pony Western Pad
designed by Livanne

saddle Pad

I Love Horses Roma Pad
designed by Livanne

saddle Pad

Member Photo Gallery

from Anna Harley

Hi, this is my cat Shadow!

Anna Harleys cat Shadow



from Keely

The Liver Chestnut is Tootsie, the Sorrel is Snickers, and the bay is called Sweetie pie, the cat is Percy.

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The Eclipse was on December 20th.

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Snickers and I

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from RustyGirl

Hiya! RustyGirl here, sending a photo for the Wiggins Bi-Weekly. The horse in the photo is called Katie. She's not mine, but I know her owner quite well. Where have I seen that t-shirt before??

LOL Yes, it's a CPP t-shirt :)

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cafe press ad

from EagleGirl and Nat2

Here are Rosie and Little Man, eating out of their new state-of-the-art hay feeders.

• Laundry baskets from Wal-Mart - $2.75 each, plus tax
• Hay - $4.50 a bale (this summer)
• Hay string - included in the price of hay bales
• Eating without fighting - priceless

Rosie, wondering why that light is flashing

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Little Man, wishing I would go away

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A close up of our state-of-the-art hay feeder

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You can barely see Little Man, but Rosie was not pleased with the constant flashing. Now they each have their own feeder and they aren't fighting! At least, they aren't fighting until one of them runs out of hay before the other!

from Ajaxsluver101

My newest Breyer, a hunter champion new forest ponie named Enchanted Forest, jumping a line. He has on blue leg wraps, a black leather outlined in white bridle, and a brown hunter seat saddle. His mane and tail are done in a show braid, and to complete his handsome form, he has a star, on the back legs he has a sock and stocking, and on the front legs he has a sock. Enjoy!

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Member Art Gallery

by Hannahxx

art gallery

by Britnie

art gallery

by Nyx

For Misspippy


by Captainpony274

art gallery

by Maid Mairain

Holiday Horse

art gallery

by Rain Storm

Saddle Blanket Design Ideas

art gallery

art gallery

To create your saddle pad as game art, please send Admin a W-mail with the 3000 W-bucks fee! Thanks!

by Ajaxsluver101

art gallery

This Issue's Winning Postcard

by Caseylovesdallas

by Kaitlin2010

Other Postcard Entries

by Caseylovesdallas


by Warhorse

Winning postcard entries each issue get 200 Wiggins bucks. All art must be original, it cannot include clip art or copyrighted images.

If you want to enter, send your original art to Contests@ClubPonyPals.com or mail it to:
Club Pony Pals
16654 Soledad Canyon Road #382
Canyon Country, CA 91387 USA


Dear Pony Pals

Send in your photos, stories and drawings for our contests.

e-mail them to Contests@ClubPonyPals.com or mail it to:

Club Pony Pals
16654 Soledad Canyon Road #382
Canyon Country, CA 91387 USA

The first printing of collectable stickers is almost gone. Get yours now, if you want a sticker and bookmark make sure and include a mailing address where we can send it.

Please include your user name and the email address you used to register in your letter, too.






The GiddyApp -- lets you ride your pony wherever you are. Wmail Jane Crandal for more information.


Play These Games to Earn Wiggins Bucks


Play these to earn bucks! Each issue of the newsletter, the highest scoring

Scavenger Hunt
Winner gets 3000 Wiggins bucks,
next nine members scores below that get 500 bucks each.



lime green wolf


Pony Pal Derby
Race your pony to earn Wiggins bucks!
Each issue of the newsletter, the derby game's highest scoring player
earns 3000 Wbucks.
500 Wbucks goes to each of the next nine highest scores.


_Farm Hand_


Math Games
High scoring players in addition,
subtraction or multiplication earn 500 Wiggins bucks,
next nine players who have high scores earn 100 bucks each.


Add Like Mad
Jess Baker
Bailey and Jess



Subtraction Action
Jess Baker
Bailey and Jess



Multiplication Station

This Issue's Cross Country Course Winners:

Cross Country North
Maid Mairain
Cross Country South
Pampered Acres


Pony Pal Thoughts for the Day:

"there are many wonderful places in the world, but one of my favourites is on the back of my horse. "


"A Horse is a talented piece of wind and sky"


"No matter what happens, you can choose the peaceful way. "

©2010 clubponypals.com
Publisher welcomes comments, letters, photos and drawings. Contact through http://www.clubponypals.com/ Club Pony Pals is the official web site, virtual world and online games based on Jeanne Betancourt’s ‘Pony Pals’ books.

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