A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
The site encourages horse lovers to immerse themselves in information about their hobby. It also encourages responsible behavior by offering information about regular horse grooming and care and by asking kids to promise to treat all animals well.
Site administrators regularly review posted material and the message boards are pretty clean, but it's possible to post words like "sh*t" without a language filter offering any kind of substitution.
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Products & Purchases
There are no ads, but most content requires a membership, which costs $10/month or $25/three months.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that It's My Pony is a site for young horse enthusiasts. The majority of the site's material requires a paid membership and in exchange users get an ad-free environment. The site has clearly made some efforts to safeguard its users -- including foregoing external links to other sites and including frequent reminders to not post any personal information. Site administrators periodically review postings and remove any offensive message board comments, though all posts were respectful and on-topic during our visits.
Is It Any Good?
Whether kids have their own horse or just have a passion for ponies, ITSMYPONY offers a ton of information about horse breeds, what to feed your foal, how horse digestion works -- pretty much any equestrian-related topic you could imagine. The site's content -- which includes horse-related quizzes and videos on topics like correct riding positions -- is well-organized, so it's easy to find the site's educational offerings and just-for-fun games, which include memory games and a virtual version of rock, paper, scissors. Some of the site design is amateurish -- with auto-play audio and video, and some formatting problems -- but horse lovers probably won't care. And though some site elements might indicate it's only for girls, the information will appeal to anyone who's really into horses.
The one possible parental deterrent? It costs money to access all the horse info. However, you can test out a membership for $5 for a two-week membership -- and decide if you want to upgrade to a $10 one-month membership or $25 three-month membership.
Online interaction: Users can post statements and photos to a message board. Both appear instantly. On our visits the site wasn't that active, but all comments were respectful and on-topic.
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