The PonyLove Club isn’t a famous, proper clubhouse, as you might put it. But I think it’s a very special club. Now, I DON’T mean to boast, but it was the first club of its kind. Other homeschoolers opened their clubs—the Shetland Club, Dolphin Defenders, Madina-tul-Islam and Daar-ul-Imaan, for example— after mine. The club is based on my love for horses and horseback riding, and is right in my bedroom. I’ve got lots of horse books in my ‘library’, including a big encyclopedia, and membership cards too. Adults and children 5 years and over take my membership test, which shows how much you love horses, while toddlers like my youngest sister, become members because of the way they clearly express their love for horses. People who aren’t members can borrow books, but only members can buy things like horse pop-out crafts or horse posters, or participate in events.
I have plenty of games, too. Leeza is a big rocking-horse, a favorite for everyone from toddlers to teenagers. She is the mother—dam, in horse-speak—of Motiya, Whispy, Cuddles and Peena, who are all different horses. Cuddles, a big, soft, jolly little colt (a colt is a young male horse), is another favorite with his own rug, stable, and grooming kit, colored brown and white with lovely, kindly black eyes. Little Motiya and Whispy have their own stables made from shoeboxes. Motiya is a peaceful horse who can do ‘horse karate’ and is the boss of all toy horses, and is white in color with a peace sign hanging from her neck. Whispy, on the other hand, is a active and thoughtful cowboy pony, a lovely light brown with a bandana around his neck. Peena is part of another horse club, Canter Club (also run by a homeschooler friend) but she often comes for visits with her little foal, Acorn. Peena and Acorn were earlier part of the PonyLove Club, but I gifted them to Canter Club after a while. I also have Rearer – the glass horse, Raat, Din (donated by Canter Club) and Steps-High the dressage horses, each having a raised foot, Uni the unicorn and her foal Pinky, and finally, Jumper and Black Beauty, two little plastic horses.
Taking care of the horses is a lot of fun. We have pretend emergencies—broken feet, a bad hit, a pain in the back, a sore throat, or just weekly checkups, are all part of the fun. We have a fake first-aid kit—stethoscope, masks, antiseptic liquid spray (OK, OK, I admit it’s a bottle of water!), and so on!