As a father of two, I’ve given my fair share of piggyback rides. When my sons were really small, I could easily hoist them up onto my shoulders, too. Now that they’re both teenagers, this old horse is retired. But who knows? Maybe I’ll be put back into service for a grandchild or two someday. I’m not so sure that I’m willing to go so far as to put a saddle on my back, though.
Pony Up Daddy is a cushioned saddle that fathers can wear on their backs to make piggybacks more like the Preakness. There’s even a version for moms, so don’t think you’re off the hook, ladies. You can choose from a variety of colors and patterns, and the optional knee pads are probably a necessity in homes with hardwood floors.
I understand that a Pony Up Daddy saddle might make the “rugrat rodeo” safer and more comfortable for all involved, but I’m not sure I’d want my child to think of me as a beast of burden. The next thing you know, parks will be full of parents hitched to wagons.