My Little Pony, Awl Growed Up (is this where pony play comes from?)
Now it is pretty clear that 'My Little Pony' is not pure horse. It isn't just neotenised to look like an ultra-cute baby, it is blended with the characteristics of a human baby. This is hardly uncommon. Many toys have been animal-human-baby combinations since the advent of the teddy bear. But somehow we don't really notice the species blending so long as it is big-eyes and harmless.
Then there is Strutz. The My Little Pony that goes where no furry (for the most part) dares to go. That is to say, a sexy human-animal blend whose private parts are not humanoid. These My Little Whores'es come complete with 'love you long time' racial stereotyping. Pale (Sierra), tan (Rio) and with narrow eyes (Milan). Just an aberration, right? This product had a short and unprofitable life and mercifully became extinct.
But then we had Bratz Babyz Ponyz, bring the unnecessary 'z' to the animal kingdom and reprising the trope of the pony with bedroom eyes. Interestingly again the pony seems to be racially coded: black (Sashay), tan (Bonita), brown (Pursia), and white (Celeste). There is an online game and dolls. In the game your pony needs shoes, eyes shadow and a nice bob hairstyle.
Looking at all this preening of quasi-humanoid ponies makes me feel like the whole thing is a training ground for pony fetish play.