For years, a minority of pet owners have courted controversy by electing to dye their pet’s fur, paint their nails, or dress them in outfits or accessories. Now there’s a new craze sweeping the country, the pony painting party, bringing fresh controversy. These parties allow children to paint doodles or handprints on a pony, or decorate or colour their mane or hooves. A petition set up to ban this activity has attracted nearly 350,000 signatures. There are many that object, but there are those who defend these parties. This highlights the benefits for both animal and child.