'Pony Painting Parties' Are a Thing & People Are Seriously Divided

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Admittedly, birthday parties for kids are getting hard to plan. With Pinterest perfectionists trying to create the most magical experiences ever for their little ones, it can be a little hard to keep up with. But apparently folks in the UK are ready to take it to the next level and are hosting "pony painting parties" for their kids -- and the country is totally divided about it.  

  • And if you're scratching your head wondering what that is, it's exactly what it sounds like. 

    Apparently, folks in the UK purchase pony paint, which is essentially dye chalk pictured here, and let kids color on horses as part of a party activity. 

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  • Currently there is a petition online to ban the "disturbing" trend, and it's garnered 22,881 and counting signatures. 

    Part of the petition reads:

    "Imagine being tied up amidst shrieking laughter, unpredictable touching and having strangers smear your hair in paint. Would you trade places? This is happening all over the country to horses right now and WE NEED TO TAKE A STAND. How would you feel about strangers smearing paint on your pet?"

  • Helen Preece, owner of My Happy Equine, which offers the painting parties and sells paints, says the petitions are unnecessary as it's completely safe.

    Preece told ITV.com that the horses do not even realize they are being painted on as the paints are applied by regular grooming brushes. She also noted that the paints are toxic-free, vegan, and are easily removed with water. 

  • Many, however, such asFacebook user Joe Callister, feel that it's not even just about the horses' well-being. 

    In a Facebook post he wrote:

    "It is about abusing power. When we are needlessly commodifying others as a resource for our use, we are abusing our power of abilities. To be clear, fostering and adopting domesticated animals ALREADY here is the least we can do to care for them and reduce their suffering the best we can. But that does not include tipping the balance and objectifying and exploiting them."

  • Anti-pony painters also noted that it sets a bad example for children, teaching them that they do not have to respect animals or their boundaries.

  • Of course, there were a ton of people who feel that the petition is a little too extreme. 

  • As of August 10, according to Change.org, a few businesses with horse entertainment have already decided to stop offering party painting services. 

    Joe Callister/Facebook

    There is no official word, though, if the parties will be banned countrywide.

    Would you ever consider hosting one of these parties?