She made every effort to follow the guidance of the reigns. She did her best to keep her knees high to avoid the sting of the crop when her knees dropped below the appropriate height. She bit into the bit and kept her eyes on her trainer. She tried not to pay attention to the nipple clamps and the tail sticking out of her ass. She felt the pull on the reins and followed. She heard the praise of her trainer and her heart warmed inside. At the same time, the trainer looked at her mare. A young pony, new to dressage and she marveled at how well she paid attention to her every touch and command. She was impressed with this pony. Beginning with the grooming before the show. She washed her and the pony was easy with the scrubbing of every part of her body. She had even allowed her pony to experience an orgasm when she rubbed her pussy clean. The dressing of the pony in her leathers transformed this rambunctious girl into a sweet pony, desperate to learn the skills her Mistress taught her. For the time that they were together. She was a pony, and her Mistress was her trainer. 

Pet play explained

Pet Play by SafferMaster
Pet Play by SafferMaster

Pet play is a form of roleplay in kink dynamics where one participant in the dynamic assumes the persona of an animal, or other non-human creature. The creature is the submissive pet of the dominant and assumes the persona of the pet. This dehumanizes the person allowing objectification of the pet in alignment with the behavior traits of the animal itself. In the case of a puppy, the pet, who wanders around on all fours at the end of a leash, enjoys being fed a bone, being scratched behind the ear, and so on. 

Pet play is roleplay. It is a consensual kink. It appears that this sort of animal impersonation harkens back to earlier times where in many tribal cultures, members of the tribe would take animal roles physically and often spiritually within rituals. Often, they would imitate the hunt where the players were either revered or hunted animals for the purpose of pantomime. 

In kink, we know that pony play has been documented since as early as 1946 in the work of John Willie in Bizarre Magazine. It is important to note that pet play is not at all related to the controversial kink of bestiality. 

The reason that pet play aligns with kink and BDSM is that it is a pure form of a D/s dynamic. The dominant partner guides, trains, humiliates, and punishes the pet.  The dominant is in charge of rewarding and training the pet to please them. To this end the entirety of the scene between a pet and it’s handler is defined by the partners themselves. For many pet players, their fetish carries over into real life with the wearing of a collar and leash or perhaps being petted in public in what looked like a person sitting on a bench merely stroking the hair of another sitting on the grass. What is it about being involved in pet play that is so attractive to so many kinksters? Is it the ability to simply “cut loose” and lose themselves in the pantomime? Or is it the case that the person aligns with the personality of an animal that they want to further explore? Puppy play has taken off in the gay community. In some public settings, there is an established puppy pound, and the pups are encouraged to explore their puppy nature of dominance and submission as pups. One consistent aspect of pet play is that the submissive is

silent. Perhaps they are gagged or muzzled so their entire communication to the dominant is in the form of animal-like affectations. 

The essence of the play is that the owner or handler will focus on one or more traits or strengths of the animal in question. For instance, in the case of pony play, the trainer will groom the pony, dress the pony and then train the pony in a variety of tasks modified for human limbs such as walking, cantering, trotting, dressage and so on. In the case of cow play, the play might involve lactation and impregnation. In the case of puppy and kitten play, the handler may discipline the  animals, and feed them, lead them around on a leash and perhaps pet them. 

Because pet play is characterized as a BDSM roleplay, it goes without saying that consent is key. All BDSM play should be sane, safe and consensual, where limits must be respected. As in all kink dynamics, the Top and bottom in pet play develop close bonds. Some submissive partners may adopt the persona of a pet full-time, or they may also assume that role on a very part-time basis, while still remaining devoted to their Top. The bonds of devotion that exist between the Top and pet are such that the pet is devoted to the Top and they themselves experience feelings of safety and security in the dynamic. 

What exactly is Pony play?

Pet Play by SafferMaster
Pet Play by SafferMaster

One of the most common forms of pet play is pony play, where at least one of the participants takes on the characteristic of, and dresses in the gear that has them resemble a horse or some other equine animal. The ponies generally are either Cart Ponies, who pull a cart called a sulky with their owner, 

Riding Ponies who either allow a rider on their shoulders or on their back. It is noted that because the back of a human is not strong enough to saddle a rider, the “riding” is symbolic with the rider carrying their own weight on their legs. Show Ponies show off their dressage skills and often wear fancy and elaborate gear with plumes and so on to amplify the experience. There is historical reference for Pony play, referencing Aristotle, referred to as “The Aristotelian Perversion”, in reference to an apocryphal story where the philosopher Aristotle was persuaded to let a woman named Phyllis ride him like a horse, in promised exchange for sexual favors: an episode depicted in various woodcuts and other works of art. More recently, there has been a documentary film in 2003, ‘Pony Passion’ and a 2005 documentary film, ‘Born in a Barn’ which both depict the lives of several pony-play enthusiasts. In talking to pony-play enthusiasts,  the description of the headspace that a pony gets into during a scene is one of being “completely present.” This is differentiated from ‘sub-space’ that submissives typically experience. It is also the case that a scene in pony-play leaves the pony with a sense of euphoria after the scene. Pony players take on the role of stallion or mare, and handler or trainer. The play extends to grooming, fitting, training and then rewarding or punishing. Not all pony players engage in sexual play. 

Let’s talk about Puppy play

Puppy play is an interesting version of pet play that generally does not involve the more careful training that pony play offers ponies. Puppies play fetch with their owner for example. The whole experience is

one of a D/s dynamic where one of the partners takes on the mannerisms and behaviors of a puppy. Puppy play is often associated with leather cultures. The puppy wears any number of items that dehumanize, from a mask to a gag to mitts that eliminate the hands. Puppies often wear knee pads  for prolonged play. As is the case with canines, puppies take on the characteristics of a pack. There are dominant “alpha’s” and other puppies consider themselves to be “beta” or “omega” puppies. In the puppy pounds that occur in public play spaces, there is often a hierarchy of puppies and while some puppies play fetch with their master, other puppies wrestle to establish dominance. Puppy play is mischievous, playful and instinctive where the puppy lets go of their more human traits and takes on the personality of the puppy that inhabits them.  There is a fair amount of instinctive social play in public settings, and while there may be sexual play as well, that always occurs in the context of consent. An unowned or uncollared puppy is often referred to as a stray. Pup space is akin to subspace where the pup can adopt a more instinctive approach to play. As noted, this is a very popular form of play in the gay community where the enjoyment of group play lends itself to find the large social interaction in the puppy pound attractive. As in most BDSM scenarios, puppy play involves toys and bondage, restriction with collars and leashes, harnesses, rubber suits, leather suits, hoods, gags, and mitts. Feeding often occurs out of a dog bowl and often the puppy is required to sleep in a cage. In pup play, the puppy is not allowed to speak and is often gagged, and so when a pup is in pup space and needs assistance, mechanisms need to be established to allow the pup to communicate with the handler when needed. 

Let’s talk about Kitten play

Kitten play is similar to puppy play, but just like real cats don’t enjoy group play, human kittens are more like solo puppies who take on the personalities of cats, including independence and retaliation against their handler for trying to train them. (I’m not a cat person). 

It’s also true that pet-play includes fantasy animals and creatures. What pet play allows is for the player to surrender their humanity and to take on the persona of a non-human creature. So much of our culture today is grinding that to set one’s humanity aside and get lost in fantasy play is more akin to being a child. Children have no difficulty taking on personalities they imagine, somewhere along the way we lost that ability and pet-play gives us, as adults, access to our childlike fantasy worlds as characters in a roleplay. 


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