Those of us who didn't have a pony when we were kids wanted one. There is something magical about a child and a pony. Perhaps it is because so many of the stories and movies we loved as children had cowboys and horses in them. Alverta has always loved horses. She doesn't like to talk about herself, but she'll tell you whatever you want to know about her pets. She owns Shetland and Welch ponies, which she has been renting out for rides since 1990. These photos were shot at the Pumpkin Patch in Medina where children were standing in line to be lifted into the saddle. There was no problem about safety, even for the youngest children. Alverta -- sometimes with the child's mother alongside -- held the reins as the pony slowly trod a given path and returned to the corral. Most of the children were smiling although a few looked seriously focused on their first ponyback ride. The parents were all smiling, perhaps remembering ponies and horses they had ridden when they were much younger. Alverta's colorful stable of ponies is very eye catching, their red saddle blankets adding just the right touch. Her most popular pony is a Welch named Jazz, who is a very photogenic brown and white, blue-eyed paint. Skrunchy is another popular ride. He is a black and white Welch pinto with three white stockings and one white sock. His long forelock looks as if it might get in the way of his eyesight, but Alverta explains that the forelock is useful for brushing away flies. Pake is a sorrel Welch pony with a flax main and tail and an unusual name, which was borrowed from Reba McIntyre's brother.
The ponies are ideal for an unforgettable birthday party for a child. Alverta is a member of the Bandera Chamber of Commerce where her business is listed as Pony Parties Anywhere. If you are interested in contacting her about pony rental, call 210 696-PONY. Her Web site www.ponypartiesanywhere.com is in the planning stages and should be up and running within a month.
This boy takes his pony ride seriously.
This little buckaroo with the red curls is having a great time.
Perfect for corporate, church or school functions. We offer a full ring of ponies and rides with safety attendants. Provide the entertainment of a lifetime!
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