No. I just remember being on the "ponies are for faggots" bandwagon, but I was really bored one night so I gave it a shot.
In all honesty, I didn't really get into it fully until about the 3rd or fourth episode. Then I figured out how to turn off the "adult" part of the brain and turn on the "kid" part and just enjoy it for what it is: a silly, but fun cartoon.
It's gotten pretty bad though, I'm actually thinking of getting a RD tat. (Yes, I'm that guy who keeps posting in /b/)