Hey MrBones! Firstly, welcome to Pony Vs. Pony and congratulations on reaching Level 5.
As for your questions;
In Pony vs. Pony, the battles are not real-time, meaning you are battling an AI/Computer and not a real player.
In the normal Battle mode, the Ponies to battle are in or very close to your level, which makes them easy to defeat.
To make the battles challenging you will need to challenge higher level ponies.
To do that you will need to add higher level friends and battle them in the Friend battle mode.
Note that the battles in the Friend battle mode are also not real-time.
To add friends click the Add Friends button then enter another player's friend code and click Request. Doing that will send a request to that person and they will need to confirm it before their pony appears in your Friend battle mode.
You may also give your friend code to others so they can add you, if you confirm, their pony will be added to your Friend battle mode.
And just a note, 278328-3D6E is your friend code. 278328 is your Pony ID.
Pets are currently the only items from shops that affect the battle and it shows their stats while hovering over then in the shop. I am unsure how many pets you can have at the same time.
You may find more information at PonyWiki.com.
Hope that helped, post and let us know if you have any questions or issues. :)
MrBones and Miladanshi, I've sent you both Friend requests. Like MrBones was/is, I too am only level 5, so have fun beating up my Speedy Blue Star!
Pam, is that screenshot very very very real? ;o And congratulations on your first forum post!
< Message edited by XapApp -- 12/7/2012 7:28:00 >