We Adopted a Pony

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Met our newest furbaby, sweet Emma.


Oh yes.  You know how I always joke that my house is a zoo?  It certainly felt like a zoo between the Husband and myself, brother-in-law Nick, baby Henry, the pups James Bond and Maggie Thatcher, and our other recent addition, Pippa Middleon the cat.  But now it’s a real zoo because we adopted a miniature horse!


Why did we name her Emma?  After Emma Watson, to continue our tradition of naming our pets after Brits, and because she kind of looks like Hermione Granger.  And I mean that as a compliment to the real Emma Watson. 

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Do remember the first time I blogged about Emma, several months ago?  Ever since that meeting, I have stayed in touch with Kay, Emma’s owner.  Then last month, Kay told me that due to complex circumstances, she had to rehome Emma and wanted to know if we would adopt her. 

Are you kidding me?! Kay didn’t have to ask us twice.  We jumped at the chance to adopt beautiful Emma.

This is part of the reason why we redid our backyard.  Emma needs lots of grass to munch on and room to stretch her legs.


We are in the process of building her a mini stable in the backyard, but for now, Emma sleeps in our room. The first night, she tried to climb into our bed!  Hah.  But then we put some straw in the tub, and now she sleeps peacefully in the master bathtub. 


I know this is the burning question on everyone’s mind: Is she housebroken?  Yes!   But I am keeping her on a leash until we’re sure that she’s not confused about indoor and outdoor spaces.  I walk her twice a day.  It’s hard to convince James to walk with her, but we’re working on it.


How do the other animals feel about her?  Well…


Maggie is, of course, oblivious.  And James, of course, is intensely curious.


Pippa was totally freaked out at first, but she is very slowly warming up.


Another question that I bet you are wondering.  Is this even legal?  Well, we had to apply for a permit with the city, and our HOA had to agree to it, but yes – it’s legal! 


Is she good?  You bet!  She’s really friendly with Henry and doesn’t nibble on his little baby legs.  Henry is obsessed with her and laughs when she says, “neeeeigh!”


Her only flaw is that she tries to open the fridge and eat the fruits and veggies.  The other day, I was playing with Henry in the living room when I heard crunch-crunch-crunch from the kitchen.  It was Emma! She was destroying a whole bag of apples.


She also eats paper.  Things can get hairy fast in the office.



She’s very well trained, but I’m working on my authoritative voice.  It’s hard to be commanding when she is so cute.  Emma is super strong – I better figure out discipline fast.


My very favorite thing about Emma is her toenails.  They are painted with glitter.  She also has all sorts of costumes, like a cowgirl outfit.  Emma is a trained literacy horse and does volunteer work with elementary school kids.  We’re going to continue Emma’s hobby after I get certified as a ‘horse coach.’


I can’t believe we own a miniature horse, but it’s true….


Our house really is a zoo!




  • Emily N April 1, 2013, 8:28 am

    Oh how I love April 1. 🙂 Super fun pictures!

  • Brooke April 1, 2013, 8:30 am

    april fools!

  • heidi April 1, 2013, 8:30 am

    Trying to figure out if this is one of your april fools pranks… 🙂

  • sana April 1, 2013, 8:30 am

    Ohhhh boyyy

  • Tatyana April 1, 2013, 8:30 am

    Yeah right!!! Nice try 🙂

  • Kristal April 1, 2013, 8:30 am

    I LOVE this 🙂 totally had me going

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 1, 2013, 8:31 am

    Just last night I was thinking “Tomorrow is April 1st, and I can’t wait to see what Caitlin’s up to this year!” 😉 Nice one!!!

  • Jaclyn April 1, 2013, 8:33 am

    Yeahhhh um didn’t get us! April fools!

  • Candice April 1, 2013, 8:33 am

    Love it! I think it’s great that you managed to find a pony and bring her into your house for a photo shoot!

  • Amy @ The Nifty Foodie April 1, 2013, 8:34 am

    Happy April Fools! 🙂 I thought the Wealthy Tipping Point was one of my faves from your blog.

  • Sara April 1, 2013, 8:35 am

    Great photos. Like someone else, Wealthy Tipping Point was the best April Fool’s you did. It really got me. I was so jealous until I realized it was a prank, ha ha.

  • Kelly April 1, 2013, 8:39 am

    New readers may be fooled! But we “old readers” know better on April 1!! 😉

  • nia April 1, 2013, 8:39 am

    Haha.. oh my! This seriously got me!

  • Carol April 1, 2013, 8:42 am

    Love it! I was looking forward to what you came up with this year:)

  • Ani April 1, 2013, 8:42 am

    Definitely a “new reader” so I didn’t even think it was a joke until I read some of the comments! Great photos, so believable!

  • Kath April 1, 2013, 8:43 am


  • Eliza April 1, 2013, 8:51 am

    Ahh!! This is my favorite one! I was excited to see what you had up this morning but this even better than I had anticipated! She is the cutest!!!!

  • Lindsay @ Health Foragers April 1, 2013, 8:54 am

    I guess I haven’t been reading your blog long enough. You totally got me. I was just telling my mom how bad I am at this holiday because I am so gullible and then I starting reading this post and was, of course, gullible. Good job!

  • Kristy @ Kristy's Health Revolution April 1, 2013, 8:54 am

    I am so impressed with how all out you go for these April Fools posts! Bringing a mini horse into your house!? That’s dedication! I woke up this morning wondering what you would come up with today, and I’m not disappointed! Good one!

  • Rose April 1, 2013, 8:55 am

    Nice one. April Fool’s!

  • Kristina April 1, 2013, 8:56 am

    been looking forward to this one 😉 I WANT A PONY!!

  • Erin April 1, 2013, 8:56 am

    I enjoyed how you even set this one up on Twitter beforehand. Unless it’s not really a joke…..

  • Brittany (healthy slice of life) April 1, 2013, 8:57 am

    I’m hoping this is true so Hailey and I can come visit later today! 😉

  • Marisa E April 1, 2013, 8:58 am

    Love it!!! You guys are too friggin funny!!!! Ha!!

  • Coco April 1, 2013, 8:59 am

    It’s April 1, otherwise I MAY believe this!

  • julia April 1, 2013, 9:00 am

    hahah, this is fantastic!

  • sarah w April 1, 2013, 9:04 am


  • Laura Z April 1, 2013, 9:06 am

    TOO FUNNY! You had me until the bed. Thanks for the BIG laugh!

  • Laura @ My Pink Thumb April 1, 2013, 9:09 am

    Oh how I love April 1st here at Healthy Tipping Point!! 😉

  • Rachel @RMinNYC April 1, 2013, 9:09 am

    April Fools? I’m not sure I would ever let a mini-horse into my house for the sake of pictures for April Fools. Well played.

  • Whitney April 1, 2013, 9:10 am


    • Grace April 1, 2013, 2:06 pm

      What’s wrong with you?

  • Ashley April 1, 2013, 9:11 am

    Noooooooo I thought this was true, until I read everyone’s comments!! I thought this was so great 🙂

  • Cindy April 1, 2013, 9:11 am

    I think you’ve outdone yourself this year! 🙂

  • Tammy Root April 1, 2013, 9:16 am

    You *almost* had me until you said Emma slept in your room and you put straw in the bathtub! Then, I asked myself, ‘What is the date?’ 🙂

  • Anne Weber-Falk April 1, 2013, 9:16 am


  • Hannah April 1, 2013, 9:17 am

    I knew you’d have a good post today. Very cute!

  • Jennifer April 1, 2013, 9:18 am

    BEST April Fools ever! Love this!

  • elizabeth @ chronic venture April 1, 2013, 9:20 am

    best april fools post ever!

  • Whitney April 1, 2013, 9:23 am

    You really did have me until you said he slept
    With you! Believeable build up with the tweets
    This weekend, too! This is your best yet!

  • Stephany April 1, 2013, 9:26 am

    I can always count on you to have the best April Fool’s prank. 🙂 I’m laughing my head off at work!!

  • Nicole April 1, 2013, 9:27 am

    You had me until she tried to jump into the bed and then the date clicked…you’re too good! Happy April Fools!!

  • Natalie @ Free Range Human April 1, 2013, 9:28 am

    Happy April Fool’s Day 🙂

  • Sarah @ Yogi in Action April 1, 2013, 9:29 am

    haha Great prank! Love the detail 🙂

  • Whitney April 1, 2013, 9:30 am

    Last years April Fools was better. You need to sanitize your house now. 🙂

  • Lindsay @ Trial By Sapphire April 1, 2013, 9:32 am

    You may not believe me when I say this, but I thought about HTP while doing my make-up this morning, because I was laughing about last year’s Maggie Clone April Fool’s post! I didn’t have time to read any blogs at home this morning, but I almost tweeted to you to “call you out” ahead of time on whatever it was you were going to post today! 🙂 But you know what? I’m not going to lie. This is a good one! You really tied Emma into your home life really well. The grass in the backyard, the at-home photo shoot, etc. So good!

  • Lindsay April 1, 2013, 9:35 am

    Happy April Fools Day!

  • Alexandra April 1, 2013, 9:43 am

    omg you totally got me. lol. pretty sure your prank post last year also got me. when will I learn…

  • Anne April 1, 2013, 9:44 am

    You win for best April Fools posts ever. Hilarious! I’ve loved yours in past years, too!

  • Emily @ The Swallow Flies April 1, 2013, 9:46 am

    Haha that was awesome.

  • Melissa April 1, 2013, 9:46 am

    You got me! The funniest thing was my initial reaction was “won’t a horse take up a lot of space in the house?” Then I realized that she’s smaller than my Great Dane…

  • Sarah April 1, 2013, 9:46 am

    Your April Fool’s posts are the best- you really commit to it!

  • Carly D. @ CarlyBananas April 1, 2013, 9:46 am

    These are getting less believable every year haha. I can’t believe you brought a pony in your house. That must have smelled! I bet Henry had a blast though 🙂

  • Jennifer April 1, 2013, 9:52 am

    OMG…you totally had me going there until you said Emma sleeps in your tub! Then I was like wait….and remembered what day it was. Awesome post though, and super fun pictures!!

  • Danielle April 1, 2013, 9:53 am

    April Fool’sssss ;)) I always look forward to your April 1st post each year – too funny!

  • Tara April 1, 2013, 10:04 am

    If this wasnt an April Fools joke, I’d say adopting a pony is pretty bad ass! I couldn’t have it in my house though, props to your family!

  • Amanda @ Peanut Butter & Adrenaline April 1, 2013, 10:08 am

    You had me believing this for longer than I want to admit, haha! I love the photos. This must have been fun to put together 🙂

  • katie April 1, 2013, 10:08 am

    wow- this took some time and effort! i can’t believe you were able to pull it off with all you have to do!

  • Lauren April 1, 2013, 10:11 am

    I’ll never forget the April Fools you posted a few years ago about running out to down a Big Mac after a serious meat craving. 🙂 You’re good girly!

  • Shannon @ Mon Amour April 1, 2013, 10:14 am

    Not going to lie, I hope this is an April fools joke! Emma is adorable but having a pony in the house just doesn’t seem like a great idea. If this is real, good luck!

  • Sarah April 1, 2013, 10:15 am

    Your April Fool’s pranks are always my favorite! I jumped right on when I woke up this morning, eager to see what it was! I wish you really had a miniature horse though, how cool would that be?!

  • Avery @ SBLW April 1, 2013, 10:16 am

    HAHA! I’m embarrassed to say that I totally believed every word of this until I scrolled through the comments. Whoops. Happy April Fools, you got me!

  • Ashleysh22 April 1, 2013, 10:16 am

    oh many – really? I am just so dang gullible! and you have PICTURES! I really thought like, maybe – yes? I can’t tell!

  • Christy April 1, 2013, 10:20 am

    She’s adorable! lol. My niece actually has a Shetland Pony. It’s the cutest thing ever, and my kids love it.

  • Aerevyn Harteis April 1, 2013, 10:26 am

    Completely suckered in!

    I was doing some work and looking at this in the background, and thinking “A pony … in her house?!?! Has she gone nuts … wait, am I being closed minded?”

    And then I saw the comments.


  • JessicaR April 1, 2013, 10:30 am

    Haha! Hilariously, my boyfriend DID have a pony when he was a kid (along with his two brothers). He is 36 now and still talks about how much he “hated that damn pony.”

    • Caitlin April 1, 2013, 10:50 am


  • Katie (Sweet Tater) April 1, 2013, 10:38 am

    i want this to be true.

  • Reenie April 1, 2013, 10:39 am

    I thought…. surely they didn’t!!! HA!! 😀

  • Jelena@ FabLifePhd April 1, 2013, 10:43 am

    He he, I love the idea though! But really, you took the Pony in the house? And painted it with glitter?! You guys are crazy!
    Btw, I never figgured out that James is Bond and Maggie is Tatcher 🙂

  • Jen W. April 1, 2013, 10:47 am


  • Kelly April 1, 2013, 10:51 am

    I love that you put so much effort into April fools posts! Always makes me smile!

  • Julie April 1, 2013, 10:55 am

    Ha ha! Didn’t fool me for a minute. That’s pretty WAY out there! And I didn’t think she would be allowed in your “neigh”borhood. 😛 Wow, you really went all out on this one, though! Nice! I did scroll back up after the 1st few sentences just to make sure it was actually posted on Apr. 1 so I guess I had a teensy bit of doubt. 😉

  • Alex @ Raw Recovery April 1, 2013, 10:58 am

    Happy April Fools to you too Caitlin! I admit it did take me a minute but then I remembered the dog cloning post. Well played, my friend!

  • Julie April 1, 2013, 11:00 am

    I was fooled until the sleeping in the master bath tub. I was like “are you freakin’ kidding me??!”….and then, I remembered what today was. Nice work! 🙂

  • Katie April 1, 2013, 11:07 am

    You had me hook, line and sinker, though I was laughing out loud at how ridiculous it was through the whole post! 🙂

  • Elizabeth April 1, 2013, 11:11 am

    Your April Fools posts always make me laugh. The first time I ever read your blog was 2 years ago on April fools when you were like “OMG WE WON THE LOTTERY” I remember thinking, what the heck is wrong with this chick?! Then I realized it was a joke. Like 2 days later…

  • Sara April 1, 2013, 11:13 am

    So you borrowed a horse to take all these pics?? Quite the involved April fools joke

  • Jamie @ A Healthy J.D. April 1, 2013, 11:19 am

    And the most entertaining April Fools Day post award goes to Caitlin (cue golf clap)

  • Jack Sh*t April 1, 2013, 11:20 am

    I am NOT changing that litter box!

  • Tami April 1, 2013, 11:20 am

    LOVE April 1st just so I check your blog and see what prank is up your sleeve!!

  • Victoria April 1, 2013, 11:21 am

    I fell for you April fools last year…. not this year 🙂 Good one!

  • Carla Runs the World April 1, 2013, 11:23 am

    Obviously April’s Fools, but are the pictures photoshop or did you actually have a pony hanging around your house? (Bc if you did, I’m TOTALLY jealous!)

  • Sonia the Mexigarian April 1, 2013, 11:34 am

    I knew it was April Fool’s 🙂 totally saw a post like this coming. But a great laugh it was.

  • Ashley April 1, 2013, 11:47 am

    I love your April Fools jokes every year!

  • Amy @ Healthy and Fit for Real April 1, 2013, 11:59 am

    HA! Totally got me! Love it though. 🙂

  • Karen @ Runner Girl Eats April 1, 2013, 12:03 pm

    Am I crazy for really hoping that this is not an April Fools joke?! I would love to see pics of Emma on the blog every day. Either way, this really made me laugh today!

  • Sasha April 1, 2013, 12:09 pm

    Ha ha. I was waiting to see what you’d come up with this year. So naturally I didn’t believe a word although I did get a laugh out of it. Also I thought you had photoshopped the pony into the pictures of her at your home. From the comments above, it seems like you may have actually got it into your house….but I’m still cynical about that…my vote goes for photoshop. Maybe you visited a real zoo with a pony and used those pics to create these?
    In any case, great photos. It’s going to be pretty hard to top Wealthy Tipping Point, you know? But good try!

  • Erin April 1, 2013, 12:31 pm

    Love it!

  • ash April 1, 2013, 1:02 pm

    Best post ever!

  • Laura April 1, 2013, 1:10 pm

    LOL! But what does Maggie’s clone from last year think about Emma 😉

  • Jolene (Homespun Heritage) April 1, 2013, 1:26 pm

    You always do the greatest pranks! Love it!

  • Carolina John April 1, 2013, 1:26 pm

    You really took april fools to the extreme here, and I like it. My 5 year old is going to love this. you are totally insane.

  • Kelly April 1, 2013, 1:31 pm

    I forgot it was April fool’s day and seriously believed this. I actually read it twice since it was so crazy! On the second time around I thought- she doesn’t REALLY walk the pony on a leash, does she? So gullible.

  • Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction.com April 1, 2013, 1:32 pm

    Oh my God!!! This is so funny! You are a great person for taking in all these animals! Get a cow too and maybe some chickens? Then you will have a farm!

  • Natalie April 1, 2013, 1:33 pm

    Hmm. For some reason this post reminds me of wealthy tipping point. I wonder why? Lol

  • Coco April 1, 2013, 1:34 pm

    This is so completely awesome (and a little random, haha) Congrats on your newest addition! 🙂

  • Lauren C April 1, 2013, 1:34 pm

    I always look forward to your April fool’s posts! Too funny

  • Angela April 1, 2013, 1:35 pm

    I always love your April fools posts!! They always get me for a split second and I’m all like WTF and then I remember what day it is. hah

  • Zulkey April 1, 2013, 1:39 pm

    I can’t wait to read the story of how you got a mini horse for this post and what you planned on doing if it crapped on your rug 🙂

  • Nina April 1, 2013, 1:45 pm

    Love it! I wished it wouldn’t be April the 1st, because Emma really is super cute! Oh, and I love your tradition of naming the pets after Brits.

  • Brenda April 1, 2013, 1:49 pm

    I can honestly say…I am not sure if this is an April Fools are not. 🙂

  • Catherine April 1, 2013, 2:13 pm

    Hahaha nice! You’re going to have to do your pranks on a random day every year because I think people are anticipating it now!

  • Katryn April 1, 2013, 2:57 pm

    Haha, I SO want this to be true! Love all the pics.

  • JV April 1, 2013, 3:00 pm

    The only reason I thought this was a joke was from the comments!!

  • Maria April 1, 2013, 3:08 pm

    Ever since last April I’ve been look forward to what you would think up this year. Then I forgot and you totally had me until I got to the glitter hoofs. So funny. This is a great one!

  • Emily April 1, 2013, 3:22 pm

    I totally believed it until you got to the part about putting the straw in the tub for her to sleep on. As soon as I read that sentence, my brain realized it was April Fools Day. Nicely done though! So nice of your neighbor to let you borrow her pony for the pics 🙂

  • Cori April 1, 2013, 3:26 pm

    HAHAHAHA! April fools! Best one yet!

  • Jamie April 1, 2013, 3:43 pm

    Oh my goodness. When I saw the picture of the straw in the tub I actually cried I was laughing so hard.

  • emily April 1, 2013, 4:20 pm

    You always have the best April 1st post in the blogosphere! That pony’s glitter hooves are freaking killing me.

  • Katie @ Soulshine and Sassafras April 1, 2013, 6:00 pm

    Hahaha love it 🙂

  • marjie April 1, 2013, 6:10 pm

    You totally got me! I sent this to my husband and girlfriend at work today. Then as I was discussing your humanitarian efforts at dinner I remembered your post from last year and the cloning of your dogs! Well played!!!

  • Macrae April 1, 2013, 6:37 pm

    ha! You had me until the bathtub part!

  • Susan April 1, 2013, 6:44 pm

    HaHaHa! ……But what happened to Easter? Did the Easter bunny not visit your house? Poor Henry!

  • Megan April 1, 2013, 7:21 pm

    I knew you would have a fabulous post today. Hilarious!

  • Elisabeth April 1, 2013, 7:25 pm

    Ha! I totally believed this at first. Good one!

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs April 1, 2013, 8:23 pm

    I was definitely excited to see what you had for us this year — cute pony! 🙂

  • Miranda @ Miranda Runs April 1, 2013, 8:34 pm

    Wow, what an impressive post! You’re dedicated: you even brought a horse in your house! 😉 APPPRILLL FOOOOOLS

  • Allison@commitcomplete April 1, 2013, 8:42 pm

    Ahh, you got me!

  • Cait April 1, 2013, 9:29 pm

    aww you really should adopt her!

  • Amber April 2, 2013, 12:16 am

    Hahahahaha. You need to win an award for your epic April Fool’s posts. I love that you actually took photos with the pony all throughout your house!

  • Kaitlyn April 2, 2013, 8:48 am

    Can we talk about how I 100% believed this until this morning when I read Meghann’s post giving you props for an awesome April fools joke?! Omg….I need to be less gullible.

  • eliza April 2, 2013, 2:20 pm

    i just died laughing OMG!!

  • Liz April 3, 2013, 7:22 am

    I still can’t believe how badly I fell for this!! Such a great idea! 🙂

  • Emily @ Hungry Delights April 7, 2013, 11:19 pm

    Your april fools are elaborate and absolutely hilarious! They get better every year!

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