I’ve always had a complicated relationship with the My Little Pony franchise. I always really liked them aesthetically and spent a good deal of time trying to convince my sister to let me play with the ones she had. The ponies often became mounts for He-Man and Nien Nub, and my sister was OK with it as long as I was willing to let her play with Teela every once in a while.
But when it came to the animated shows I usually found them saccharine, trite and even disingenuous. Which was sad because I always liked the toy design. I wanted to like the show, but I just couldn’t.