Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What's the only thing more amazing than being a unicorn? Being smart. This page is for helping you to learn all about hosting a unicorn party or event with Milo so that you can be a savvy steed too!
Does Milo like his job?
Does a horse like carrots??? Yes, he does. He REALLY likes his job. In fact, when he doesn't have parties to go to he gets sad as in droopy tail, non glitterific, "what am I doing with my life?" emo LA actor working part time as a stand up comic in a bad dive bar sad.
Milo loves kids and really loves being with his staff.... when those two super powers combine it's magic. You can typically tell when he's really happy because he perks his ears up and smiles at the camera, the guests, the champagne, basically everything. He smiles by himself when he's happy or excited or has a "that's soooo cute!!!" moment when looking at something he finds interesting. He's not trained to smile; he just does when he's happy.
Is Milo a pony?
Milo is a full sized, 15.2 hands high horse. That's average (he'd say exceptional) American horse size for you city folk, around 5' tall where his back meets the base of this neck.
What does Milo and his team do at an in person party?
At Unicorn (no wings) parties they lavish attention on the birthday guest of honor (if applicable) when they come up to visit with him, pose for photos, talk about how to communicate and be safe around horses, encourage kids to learn about animal with facts about how horses and unicorns see, communicate, and live, help guests ages 3+ to sit on or ride Milo as long as it is safe to do so, and help guests to meet him and pet him on his favorite spots.
At Pegasus style parties they lavish attention on the birthday guest of honor (if applicable) when they come up to visit with him, pose for photos, talk about how to communicate and be safe around horses, encourage kids to learn about animal with facts about how horses and unicorns see, communicate, and live, and help guests to meet him and pet him on his favorite spots. Riding for guests is not possible with the Pegasus costume.
At our non-riding Unicorn Park Visits Milo poses for photos and introduces himself to you and your family. Our handlers know some great poses and can help to coach you on different things you can do while standing next to him on the ground. Park Visits do not include riding or sitting on the unicorn and are intended for non-commercial, personal, non-defamatory, use only.
If you add on a character entertainer, such as one of our fairies or princesses, then that person leads an adorable unicorn story time, themed fantasy and unicorn games, helps organize the waiting line, and poses for photos.
Who can ride a unicorn? Do I need a waiver?
Ages 3+ who are strong enough to sit up and balance with their own ability with a signed equestrian release waiver and with side walkers (people walking next to the rider if a small child). We cannot put infants or children under the age of 3 on the unicorn. You are welcome to pose with Milo while standing next to him on the ground if you have a child under the age of 3.
A waiver is required for any riders or people physically sitting ON the unicorn or riding him.
Please have your guests complete the waiver before your party to reduce delays once Milo's team arrives.
Riding options are not available for his Glitterati Pegasus look.
There is a 145 pound weight limit on any guests wishing to sit on or ride Milo.
Guests may not ride or sit on Milo backwards or "double." This includes infants, toddlers, or small children.
How much room does he need to work in?
At least a 20'x30' cleared space is needed for in place / standing photos such as a back yard, hotel patio, or arena. Larger spaces are even better.
Any walking riding paths must be 8' wide or wider to accommodate the handlers and unicorn walking shoulder to shoulder while helping your guests in their ride… That’s around the width of a standard truck or large SUV.
Any load-in / entry gates must be on a STRAIGHT, flat, path (no 90-degree angles as the unicorn cannot easily make that type of turn) and may NOT be next to any form of cliff or drop off. He can typically walk through a 4' gate ONCE when entering a party. When we say 4' wide we mean for one gate only.... not an entire long alley way down the side of your house cluttered with air conditioning units, boxes, PVC pipes, toys, bicycles, catering tables, or anything else you may be trying to hide from guests.
If a load-in gate is insufficient in size then Milo's team will not go through it and will remain in the front entry area/ front yard of the venue to work.
In the event of an emergency, we need to be able to get Milo off of your property and to safety quickly. That means that we need you to please, put us in the front yard or before any major obstacles in a side or back yard with direct access to an emergency escape gate.
Load in gates / emergency exit paths must NOT be obstructed in any way what so ever by plants, people, coolers, bikes, toys, pets, trash cans, lighting, air conditioners, ball pits, stages, fireworks, stairs, DJ booths, photo booths, cords, fire pits / sources of flame or glass heating, etc. or within 20 feet of bounce houses or trampolines. We genuinely need flat, cleared, straight load in paths when gates are concerned for the unicorn’s safety. If there is a bounce house directly in front of that path or blocking part of the path, you will need to fully deflate it before we will bring the unicorn through that or any other tight space. Any trampolines, batting cages, or large power inflatables must be shut down if requested by the unicorn’s staff while he loads in to his meet and greet / ride space at your unicorn party.
I want the Milo's appearance to be a surprise. How do I prevent my guests from seeing him before the party?
We recommend blocking off a 60'x16' parking spot on an adjacent street from your location (1 block away MAX) where the unicorn team can prepare the unicorn for your party without being seen. If you are doing this please provide us with a "parking address" in addition to your "venue address" so that we know which is which. They can then walk the unicorn around the block to your party to make a surprise appearance. The easiest way to also make him a surprise is to start his appearance about 1.5 hours after your official party start time when your guests are already at the party.
How are you dealing with COVID / Coronavirus?
We adhere to federal, state, and local official guidelines and our human staff members wear face coverings or masks. During quarantine lockdowns and "safer at home" advisories we recommend limiting events to your family and close friends.
Horseback riding is one of the safest sports in existence based on COVID-19 regulations from the state of California as it naturally socially distances the rider from other people.
Our digital / online / virtual Zoom calls and other computer-based interactions for up to 99 people (or screens) are not impacted by COVID and proceed as usual as they intrinsically have social distancing built in.
Domestic animals (like horses) have not been shown to be carriers of COVID per the CDC.
What does the money raised from unicorn parties pay for?
100% of post-expense (taxes, gas bills, website billing, yay....) income made from Milo the Unicorn online / Zoom parties go directly back to his care to provide him with a life of love, luxury, and pampering. On average, 70%+ of income from in person parties with Milo goes directly to Milo's care. This is significantly better than most famous so called "animal welfare" charities that only give a paltry 4-27% of their fundraising income to actual animals and pay the rest to their spoiled corporate big wigs. By choosing our team for your event you're helping us to champion the concept that animals should be taken care of and compensated fairly and well for their work.
How is Milo trained or worked with?
All methods we use are founded in symbiotic respect with Milo and the natural behaviors that his species uses in the wild. His staff uses positive reinforcement methods such as verbal praise, petting, and treats to encourage him to try new things. You might not realize it but our staff spends months to years finding and getting each new unicorn by "interviewing" them to see what they like to do and if the celebrity party lifestyle is what they'd enjoy. Their happiness and well being is our top priority and is something we meticulously obsess over. Overall horses are naturally smart and social animals who love doing things (much like many dogs). We love helping him to develop his intelligence in order to lead a full, happy, life in a human run world. Our approach is to let Milo investigate a new item or situation with his natural curiosity, accept it, and praise him for it so that he gains confidence and has a calm and positive outlook on life.
Where does Milo live?
When not visiting parties our unicorn lives in a large pasture setting with a connected indoor / outdoor horse house where he freely can play, sunbathe, sleep, and relax in Simi Valley, California. He loves his staff who create games to play for fun and is doted on with daily housekeeping, plenty of brushing, spa days, fresh food and water, and an entire closet full of custom blankets (jackets for horses) for when it gets cold. Should he need it, our unicorn has immediate access to human experts for veterinary, holistic nutrition, massage, hoof, chiropractic, dentistry, acupuncture, behavioral communication, and other specialty care. In the event of a natural disaster or emergency he has his own dedicated rescue personnel and evacuation plans.
Can Milo talk?
Milo, like most animals, has his own personality and is particularly proactive in expressing it and his opinions through seventeen different facial expression, a variety of body movements, and levels of specific muscle zone tension. Essentially he talks with his body, just like someone who is deaf might talk with their hands. He also "points" to things of interest with his ears, muzzle, and body and sometimes gently nudges his staff around to direct them to what he needs help with. At other times he might sigh in exasperation or roll his eyes and cock a hip to say "really????" when people are just too slow to understand what he deems to be the logical approach to a situation. His staff acts as his interpreters for him at events to help to tell people what he's saying and also to help people to learn to read / interpret "horse."
Does Milo do magic?
Yes, Milo the Unicorn does magic tricks (or, rather, his human helper does them as he takes all the credit) as part of his Deluxe Online / Zoom Calls. One of the very biggest requests that kids make online is to see a unicorn do magic. We're delighted to have an all-female team of magic consultants and human helpers who have created a custom kid-friendly and super sweet magic show that showcases a variety of top secret unicorn talents such as how unicorns make rainbows or bake their own cupcakes. It's quintessentially "unicorn" and we love it - we're sure you will too!
Does Milo like wearing costumes?
Yes. Especially his giant (but super light weight) Pegasus wings. Milo's a bit of a clothes horse when it comes to accessories. If he was a human he'd probably be a drag queen headlining in West Hollywood. His horn is ultra light weight and well padded for a perfect fit. As horses and unicorns can't see directly in front of their forehead he actually doesn't even realize when he's wearing it. He will strike poses at random when he really likes something he is wearing, similar to the behavior you might see from a small child playing dress up in front of a mirror.
Most of what you see him wear (such as his iconic pink saddle, white bridle) are actually just standard horse equipment pieces that we have had customized to be bright, fun, colors. Everything that he wears has been custom fit or tailored to fit him for optimal comfort, just like any other Hollywood celebrity would on set. At home he has his own custom casual clothing closet with pajamas (horse blankets), lounge wear (turnout sheets and fly blankets) fly bonnets, and other things ready for any type of weather to keep him comfortable and happy. We're constantly working with Milo on seeing what he does and does not like in life. If he doesn't like wearing something then we don't make him wear it.
Can Milo walk through my house?
As much as he’d like to check out the fridge, unicorn load in and walking paths may NOT go through a house as his 1,200 pound weight might damage the floor. He is unshod (meaning naturally balanced hooves) so he's fine on concrete, patios, concrete, grass, AstroTurf, and other solid surfaces that do not break when bearing weight. Please keep him off of pool tile. HE DOES NOT WALK UP FLIGHTS OF STAIRS (he's limited to 1 stair every 12 feet based on his stride length). We also don't recommend letting him on the dance floor or in food prep areas either. If your venue requires it he does have a set of plain black horse sneakers that he can wear with rubber anti-skid tread. We find that his natural hooves provide good grip though without damaging or marking surfaces.
How does Milo get to my party?
Milo is chauffeured to your event in his spiffy "Unicorn Limo" which is a luxury horse truck and trailer specifically designed for his needs. Milo needs a blocked off / reserved parking spot with "pull through" or very wide cul de sac parking 60' or longer x 16' wide for his delivery truck and trailer…. that’s about the length of a semi truck. The staff must be allowed to park his "limo" themselves - valets are not trained or qualified to move and park large rigs.
Does he come out of his "Unicorn Limo" fully dressed?
No, like most LA celebrities, he tends to sneak in to parking at events posing as average to avoid detection. That means no sparkles, fab fashion, or horn etc. His staff takes over his makeup and wardrobe once he has arrived and is out of his "Limo," working out of its custom dressing room to prep.
Glitter gel and conditioning treatments formulated specifically for healthy hooves and mane.
Can Milo dress to match my party?
If you wish for custom accessories (you provide) to be worn by your unicorn such as flowers, a neck wreath, or ribbons that were made to perfectly suit your party's theme we can work with you to have you give those items to the unicorn's staff to integrate with the unicorn's appearance or, alternately, to have you mail them to us before your party so that we can trouble shoot them and figure out how to add them to the unicorn for the best possible photos. With enough lead time and budget we can also often custom create accessories for him in your unique colors, 2 months advanced notice normally needed.
What does Milo's team wear?
They typically wear tidy white shirts and blue jeans unless otherwise requested. If you would like to add on a separate costumed fairy or unicorn princess character at an additional cost please let us know.
Can he stand on carpet?
Yes, but he likes to pee on it. We don't pay for cleaning or replacement costs if you want him to stand on a rug or carpet and he pees on it.
Do you offer other animals?
No. If want to invite other animals (like zebras, petting zoos, camels, alligators, packs of sled dogs, reindeer, a dinosaur, whatever) to your party please tell us before making a reservation and connect their team to ours to discuss safety and to possibly schedule a "getting to know you" / "play date" before your event. Milo has some specific, existing, farm animal friends from other places (like camels) that he already knows that we can refer to you.
So about my balloons...
Milo is trained to work around balloons but they can pop and scare him in windy weather. Please keep Milo away from any large 3'+ giant balloons that kids might blow up, they sound like loud gunshots when they go off. If a child or guest deliberately starts popping balloons to try to scare Milo our team will stop work until that guest stops.
How about Milo being around bubbles / under bubble machines?
No. Horses and unicorns are afraid of bubbles. They think that they look like swarms of bees which they are naturally afraid of.
What about Confetti Cannons? Confetti Poppers? Giant colored chalk bombs? Explosions like Fireworks? He'd love to be next to them if I buy them somewhere else, right?
No. He likes rainbows but unfortunately not man-made explosions of colors. Please save those for your own after party after he leaves.
Can you dye him blue, pink, or another color just for my party? Puhlllleeeaaazzee???
NO. Even if you mistakenly believe that a "temporary dye" will just "wash out," it doesn't. It doesn't matter what you read online or what your friend told you or what you want to hear from us, it does not and the answer is NO. If you wish for him to match your theme colors then we can typically create custom color-coordinated garments to be different colors for an extra custom costuming charge. Also NO, we don't bring paint or chalk for your kids to smear on him at your party. He's a stunning natural look unicorn and we want to keep him that way.
Can I feed Milo? Does he have food?
Unicorn feeding at Milo's departure from your event is at the discretion of Milo's staff to ensure that he stays healthy as they monitor it with his vet and nutritionist to make sure that he gets the right food, in the right quantities, each day to stay healthy. Unicorns love to eat pieces of carrot, slices of (sweet) apples, and some even eat silly things like bananas or grapes! We try not to feed unicorns things like sugar cubes, lollipops, cookies, or cupcakes though as horses can get their version of diabetes. Milo's team appreciates having access to fresh water to fill up his water bucket with while at your location. Horses, like humans, don't need to eat and drink all day long so, if he's not eating, really, he's fine and just isn't hungry. He has access to unlimited food and water at home and also has "take out" horse food available and water beverage service available in his "limo." Unicorns and horses are vegetarians and do not eat people.
Can the unicorn wander loose at my party for atmosphere?
Unfortunately as much as he'd love to wander over to the buffet, Milo must be either under lead by one of his staff members at all times or secured in his portable play pen at parties to make our insurance carrier happy.
Can the unicorn rear on cue?
No. We have not taught him to rear on cue and have no plans to do so.
My kid doesn't like the name "Milo." Will you rename him for me?
No, we ask that you respect Milo's individual identity and understand that his name is Milo. He came to us with that name and has made it clear that it is the only name that he both recognizes and responds to when we talk to him. We can't just start calling him something else and deliberately confuse him - it simply would not be fair. If this is a breaking point for your child then we gently suggest that you might consider having a talk with them about inclusion and the importance of accepting other names / identities and not just those that they personally think are "good" or "bad." Everyone is "YOU-Nique" in this world, including Milo, and we think that fact is a very good thing to acknowledge.
What happens if Milo poops?
We bring a discrete horse diaper for him to wear on non-organic surfaces at private venues. We recommend keeping our unicorn outside on a grass or dirt surface for this reason. We bring all other needed cleaning supplies. If the unicorn poops then one of the attendants will scoop it up with a rake or shovel and a bucket to dispose of away from your guests. If he pees then a water hose will wash it away.
Are riding helmets provided?
Yes, rental equestrian riding helmets are automatically provided for unicorn parties where riding is requested (riding option not available for Milo's Glitterati Pegasus costume). We offer them in a variety of sizes from XS-XL.
Can I ride Milo on the beach for a film shoot?
Yes, but only with a permit from the beach. We require a prep day physically on location with him there before your shoot.
Is Milo Trained for Work With Special Needs, Different Abilities, Alternative Considerations, or Disabled Persons?
No, Milo is not a certified therapy horse and is not trained to offer adaptive horseback riding to children and adults with physical and/or cognitive disabilities. His tack / costuming is also not the type of specialty equipment needed for these unique needs and our team is not certified in therapeutic or adaptive riding services. If your loved one needs additional adaptive considerations as a rider we recommend that you contact Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship instead as their organization is designed to help with these types of riders.
Can Milo carry a bride in to her reception or wedding?
Yes. Please tell us if you need a riding unicorn with sidesaddle for a grand entrance as pre-training at his home with the bride and her dress is required to ensure a smooth celebration. Glitterati Pegasus option not available for riding. Milo can also carry a groom up to 145 pounds in weight in to an Indian or Pakistani baraat celebration for weddings too.
Where does Milo go to for unicorn parties?
Milo travels to Ventura County, Los Angeles County, and portions of Orange County and Santa Barbara County in California (United States of America) at an extra cost. He even goes to the fabled LA LA Land of Beverly Hills with its associated permit.
Do you offer anything else for unicorn parties?
Yes, we offer unicorn princess characters, fairy characters, and our wonderful DIY Cuddle Craft stuffed animal crafts at an extra fee for parties. We highly recommend asking the staff at Sheroes Entertainment for entertainment help - they're the best in the business!