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Do You Want to Keep a Pony?

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Did you always want a pony as a child and never got one? Does your child nag at you endlessly for a pony? If your backyard is barely big enough for a chiuaua and you’re allergic to anything with hair, but you still want to give your child that pony they desperately want- if you’re just a big kid at heart- then you would make a great ponykeeper. No, you don’t have to keep a pony in your house (it’s not nearly that messy.)

A ponykeeper helps to carve, paint, and maintain the horses at A Carousel for Missoula. It is also the job of the ponykeeper to keep the machine in tip top shape, so we could use anyone with mechanical skills. Dragon Hollow is maintained by ponykeepers too. They paint it, keep it clean and make any necessary repairs to it. The annual dues are $5 per family and the ponykeepers meet every Tuesday night at the Carousel from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

If this sounds like something you and your family would be interested in, or if you’d like more information, you can contact John Thompson at or visit A Carousel for Missoula online at

It’s a less messy and much cheaper way to fulfill your child’s dream. How can you say no?


Joy Larson is a mother of four boys, graduate of The University of Montana, animal lover and writer.

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