Ponygirl fashion, 2013 summer collection
The fascinating sexuality of ponygirls and, less frequently, ponyboys is founded on two key concepts. The first is to let your limbic system – the “animal brain”, which controls the senses and the emotional responses – overcome the rationality of the neocortex, the brain part that makes humans more evolved than other primates. In other words, they allow their primal self to take control and they lose themselves in a simpler, somewhat more intense world in which they actually feel and think like a horse. The other element is a fetish aesthetic made of restraining, fitting garments which constrain the body just enough to help the transition into their animal self through a different ability of movement. Blinkers reduce visibility, harnesses and tackles turn the trainer’s presence into tangible pulls and tensions, corsets focus the attention on breathing deeply and so on. Boots, in example, are usually high-heeled and pretty sexy, yet uncomfortable enough to impart a whole different way of moving (or trotting) about.
In the last twenty years there have been several designers who came up with actual “pony boots”: some of them had horseshoes nailed to the sole, others forced the ankle in rather equine positions… but the recent fashion of heel-less footwear inspired a whole generation of extreme fetish boots. Case in point: Mrs. Oonacat, who is taking the Web by storm with her handmade ‘unicorn boots’ depicted above, whose customer base should be pretty evident by now. Her online store was just a little shy of three million Facebook fans last time I checked – even though some probably “liked” her for her other product line. Demon horns and demonic hooven boots as shown below, of course. You know, just in case you thought ponygirls were strange.