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Advice on buying a pony?
July 28, 2005 | self / vanity

Posted on 07/28/2005 7:00:27 PM PDT by The Other Harry

I am very close to buying a pony – imminent, as in possibly within the next few days – and this message is very much off topic.

The price of the pony is about $750, and she appears to be very nice. Stabling would be around $75. She is not a shetland, but more like a small horse. (Not sure of terms here.) Her temperament seems very good. Gentle, which is what I want.

If any of you can give me any advice on what to look for or look out for, I’ll take it. I have no experience with anything equine.

It might be best to do this by FReepmail, as I don’t think many others would be interested.


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To: The Other Harry
I know where to draw the line. I draw it.

No you don't. If you sent flowers to my teen-aged granddaughter and you weren't a very close friend of the family or a relative, I'd be after you in a heart beat. You really are an idiot.

101 posted on 07/29/2005 11:26:29 AM PDT by unbalanced but fair
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To: unbalanced but fair
No you don't. If you sent flowers to my teen-aged granddaughter and you weren't a very close friend of the family or a relative, I'd be after you in a heart beat. You really are an idiot.

No, you are the idiot.

Those girls won the state championship. I sent flowers congratulating them, without including my name. They divided them up and took them home. Their coach helped with this.

I think we, as a society, are getting to a point where we are paranoid and downright nuts.

102 posted on 07/29/2005 12:54:51 PM PDT by The Other Harry
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To: cavanman
I'm afraid he is not willing to listen to well-intentioned advice.

I think you're right. But some people have to learn the hard way.

105 posted on 07/29/2005 2:48:08 PM PDT by unbalanced but fair
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To: cavanman

I think one will lead to the other. LOL!


107 posted on 07/29/2005 4:31:48 PM PDT by unbalanced but fair
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To: PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain

Three secrets of horse ownership.

1. While you sleep ... THEY eat.

2. The way to earn a small fortune in the horse world is to start with a large one.

3. There are two happy days in a horse owner's life. The day he buys it and the day he sells it.

This is what I learned in ten years and in owning over 40 horses. 19 babies born and two mares died of colic. One of founder that cost me $15,000 to 'save' her after which it cost me another $250 to put her down.


108 posted on 07/29/2005 5:54:35 PM PDT by mercy (never again a patsy for Bill Gates - spyware and viri free for over a year now)
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To: HairOfTheDog; The Other Harry
You have no right to include other people's children or animals in your personal 'steps'. They are not props, Harry

I know where to draw the line. I draw it.

You are living in semi-rural Virginia, not Kalifornia.
If you continue down this road you will be lucky to have drawn the line at 20 to life.
If you are unlucky, some parent is gonna blow you away on general suspicion.

So9

109 posted on 07/29/2005 6:36:23 PM PDT by Servant of the 9 (Trust Me)
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To: mercy

Well, I have to argue with your assessment of horse ownership, I've had countless happy days in the saddle on mine....

But, that doesn't mean I'd help Harry get one.


110 posted on 07/29/2005 6:39:28 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog (Help us support our troops! - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/)
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To: HairOfTheDog

I think it's a really bad idea to buy a pony as child bait.


111 posted on 07/29/2005 6:40:20 PM PDT by .38sw
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To: The Other Harry
No, you are the idiot.

Hey Harry, I'm not the one who sits naked on his porch, knowing a little girl lives next door.

112 posted on 07/29/2005 6:40:22 PM PDT by unbalanced but fair
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To: .38sw

That's high on the list of reasons its a bad idea.


113 posted on 07/29/2005 6:49:33 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog (Help us support our troops! - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/)
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To: unbalanced but fair

I dunno why, but your post has me howling, tears are rolling down my cheeks...way to funny and I'm not even sure you meant it to be thusly. But OH MY GOSH.......ROFLMAO!


114 posted on 07/29/2005 6:54:03 PM PDT by Republic (Our Father in Heaven touched the Pope, who KNEW of Terri, Terri got her mass, VATICAN STYLE!)
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To: Republic

Nope not meant to be funny, just sarcastic, and true. But I can see how picturing Harry sitting on his porch in the nude could be pretty humorous:o}


115 posted on 07/29/2005 6:58:43 PM PDT by unbalanced but fair
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To: unbalanced but fair

You are really 'sick'! LOL (Way, way funny, too!)


116 posted on 07/29/2005 7:00:52 PM PDT by Republic (Our Father in Heaven touched the Pope, who KNEW of Terri, Terri got her mass, VATICAN STYLE!)
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To: Republic
You are really 'sick'! LOL (Way, way funny, too!)

Yeah, I've been told that before. LOL!

But you do know that Harry has said he sits on his porch in the nude and does have a little girl for a neighbor? The one he bought a Shania Twain CD for?

117 posted on 07/29/2005 7:08:53 PM PDT by unbalanced but fair
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To: unbalanced but fair

I find this thread really bizarre and unnerving.


118 posted on 07/29/2005 7:10:31 PM PDT by cyborg
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To: cyborg
I find this thread really bizarre and unnerving.

Quite a few threads like that lately. But you're right.

119 posted on 07/29/2005 7:23:43 PM PDT by unbalanced but fair
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To: unbalanced but fair
Hey Harry, I'm not the one who sits naked on his porch, knowing a little girl lives next door.

The girl cannot possibly see me.

It just gets hot sometimes. It was yesterday.

I also like going to nude beaches, if you care to add that to your repertoire of my foibles.

I have a CD I'd like to send you. It's G rated. I just need an address which you can trust me with.

120 posted on 07/29/2005 8:33:23 PM PDT by The Other Harry
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To: The Other Harry

You're sick. Seek help.


121 posted on 07/29/2005 8:36:53 PM PDT by cyborg
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To: The Other Harry
I have a CD I'd like to send you. It's G rated. I just need an address which you can trust me with.

Sorry Harry, but you have got to be kidding. You could be this kind of guy. Or this one.

122 posted on 07/29/2005 9:01:43 PM PDT by unbalanced but fair
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To: unbalanced but fair

I said an address you feel you trust me with.

I'm a bit weird, but I don't hurt other people.


123 posted on 07/29/2005 9:06:42 PM PDT by The Other Harry
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To: The Other Harry

The point is that I wouldn't trust you with a toothpick. You really do need help. Go find some.


124 posted on 07/29/2005 9:13:35 PM PDT by unbalanced but fair
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To: The Other Harry

Harry, I love ya, but, for the sake of ponies everywhere, forget about buying one and start a vegetable garden instead. (And stop sitting nude on your porch, you little neighbor might drop by and be possibly ruined for life, no offense! lol)


125 posted on 07/29/2005 9:15:41 PM PDT by Republic (Our Father in Heaven touched the Pope, who KNEW of Terri, Terri got her mass, VATICAN STYLE!)
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To: Republic; unbalanced but fair; .38sw

I'm seeing potential new FReeper lexicon for creepy ideas... "Next thing you know you'll be thinkin' about getting a pony"


126 posted on 07/29/2005 9:19:31 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog (Help us support our troops! - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/)
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To: Republic
... for the sake of ponies everywhere, forget about buying one and start a vegetable garden instead.

I like animals. I do not like gardening.

Which step is that?

127 posted on 07/29/2005 9:21:23 PM PDT by The Other Harry
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To: HairOfTheDog

I like it! Let's add it to the list. LOL!


128 posted on 07/29/2005 9:28:21 PM PDT by Republic (Our Father in Heaven touched the Pope, who KNEW of Terri, Terri got her mass, VATICAN STYLE!)
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To: HairOfTheDog

I'll have to think about that one. This whole thing has me seriously creeped out.


129 posted on 07/29/2005 10:12:15 PM PDT by .38sw
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To: The Other Harry
> Why? I want to give the local kids rides. And I need something to do. I like animals.

I wonder if the parents of the local kids would think about your plan.

This sounds creepy to me.

130 posted on 07/30/2005 6:31:38 AM PDT by SunnyUsa (No man really becomes a fool until he stops asking questions.)
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To: HairOfTheDog
I'm seeing potential new FReeper lexicon for creepy ideas... "Next thing you know you'll be thinkin' about getting a pony"
Ha! That's excellent! :-)
131 posted on 07/31/2005 12:39:36 PM PDT by Beaker
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To: The Other Harry

"I have a CD I'd like to send you. It's G rated. I just need an address which you can trust me with."

Call me psychic, but I can already see that on the pdf format of the arrest warrant.


132 posted on 08/02/2005 8:09:21 AM PDT by Woman on Caroline Street (I'm not a canned good. Please don't label me.)
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To: Woman on Caroline Street
Call me psychic, but I can already see that on the pdf format of the arrest warrant.

You're married, right?

And you don't want to go to Costa Rica?

133 posted on 08/02/2005 11:00:05 PM PDT by The Other Harry
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To: The Other Harry
Harry,

It sounds like you are buying a miniature horse (not a pony.) Is this for you? Or for a child? Do you plan to ride this horse? If so, I cant imagine any adult would be able to ride a minnie. The ratio is about 20% body weight of horse to rider (pony=500 lbs. rider= no more than 100 lbs.) In short, unless you're a 100 lb. man you are too heavy for a pony.

Next, you need to really know how to ride and care for horses before you own one. They take a lot of experience, care and money. I own two, have taught and trained all my life, they are the most wonderful animals on earth but they are not an impulse buy. For the sake of yourself and your horse, learn first. About feed, forage, shelter, vet bills, hay suppliers, tack (saddles, bridles), and about all lessons!

Horses are the most wonderful animals on earth, they need special care and training or you could get both of you killed. (Even the nicest pony isn't safe with an owner who doesn't know what they're doing.)

You might want to join the Free Republic Saddle club on here. Great bunch of people, feel free to ask anything. You'll learn a lot.

Good luck & look before you leap.

Best regards,

Anne
134 posted on 08/03/2005 5:37:09 PM PDT by N. Beaujon (http://www.nbeaujon.com)
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To: N. Beaujon; HairOfTheDog

Looks like Harry got an invite to join the saddle club.


135 posted on 08/03/2005 8:57:39 PM PDT by tuffydoodle
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To: tuffydoodle; N. Beaujon

Oh dear.... N. Beaujon, pssssst! Harry's a nut ;~D


136 posted on 08/03/2005 9:11:16 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog (Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/)
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To: N. Beaujon

Thank you.

The man told me that the pony should be able to carry somewhere between 100 and 150 pounds. Call that 100. That does not include me -- I'm about 170.

Where the weight comes to play is that I don't feel I can ask the neighborhood children how much they weigh. The little girl next door is a bit chubby, and I would not want to ask her that. As with some others.

What I think I could do is get a cart. There is a senior center up the road from me, so that could work.

The trailer is what has me perplexed at the moment.


137 posted on 08/03/2005 10:17:39 PM PDT by The Other Harry
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To: HairOfTheDog
Oh dear.... N. Beaujon, pssssst! Harry's a nut ;~D

He's having fun though. ;)

138 posted on 08/03/2005 10:19:13 PM PDT by The Other Harry
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To: HairOfTheDog
Oh dear.... N. Beaujon, pssssst! Harry's a nut ;~D

Hair, oh great. Thanks for the heads up. So does this mean this is a fantasy or do we have another menace to the horse community thinking they're taking on a large puppy instead of a complex, expensive and highly care-intensive creature that has NO USE for a know-nothing owner. A horse is not a beginners "pet." The thought of him luring little neighborhood girls on his pony rides makes me want to puke. If you tell me Harry's a benign nut I'll feel better. From the tone of his posts, I'm not so sure.

Capishe? ;-)

--N.B.

139 posted on 08/07/2005 6:14:32 PM PDT by N. Beaujon (http://www.nbeaujon.com)
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To: N. Beaujon

No one is sure, N. Beaujon. No one is :~\


140 posted on 08/07/2005 6:17:42 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog (Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/)
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To: The Other Harry

Do you do anything without consulting Freepers?


141 posted on 08/07/2005 6:19:43 PM PDT by Osage Orange (Long JSDA)
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To: The Other Harry
I don't imagine this is how I should post this but did want the folks here in FR to know,
The Other Harry , (Harry Clark), passed away at his home in Virginia Monday 8/8/2005
I know he enjoyed his time on FR and past many hours and had many a good chuckle here.
He was a bright, good man in many ways. He had his faults as we all do I know, but he was a good friend to many people, one of my
BEST FRIENDS... He did love his dog Peppi, and he was very good to his neighbors and they liked him. (except one) He was not freaky about children as some here suggested. He sometimes however did have a caustic Wit.. I for one, loved him dearly, and always will. He will be greatly missed. Thought some of you would like to know. Sheila
142 posted on 08/09/2005 10:48:25 PM PDT by sheiladd (HARRY'S FRIEND)
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To: Cagey
I so remember this thread!

#120

Funny? Yes.

Weird? Yes

Disturbing? Yes

Was Harry actually for real in the vanities he posted. Hard to tell if he wasn't just playing us all.

I'm going back to read some his posting history.

BTW Cagey, thanks for the link. I couldn't for the life of me remember his FR handle.

143 posted on 08/18/2009 7:46:46 AM PDT by MotleyGirl70
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To: HairOfTheDog

“I don’t care if you get yourself killed...”

Years ago I had an uncle, old man who lived in his little apartment by himself, no family, no friends, no life. I never really knew him so I don’t know why he was so alone. He was a very quiet and boring kind of guy (boring in my young eyes anyway). The only time I ever saw him was around Christmas, and he always gave me a bit of money (and all of us kids). Like I said though, I didn’t know a thing about him.

Some years later I received a letter from him. It was quite boring. He told me, in a rather boring format, about his life in the services, and his factory career after that.

We wrote back and forth a handful of times. I was a young person on my own at that point, so responding to his letters wasn’t a high priority for me.

One day I got a call. He had committed suicide - drowned himself in Lake Michigan. I recalled that I hadn’t gotten around to answering his last letter. I found it up there in the letter rack and read it. Same old boring conversation of his past.

It had been sitting there for six months. I never got around to answering it.

I feel bad about that to this day.

I had not heard of the Other Harry until I saw him mentioned on another thread about Frito feet.

Now I’ve read some of his posts and yes, they come off as a bit abnormal, but he sounds human, like my uncle. Maybe not perfect, but human, (and for some reason that I don’t understand, I’m getting choked up and teary eyed).

I don’t know why I’m posting to you, but there you are.

Maybe if I had gotten to know my uncle, maybe he wouldn’t have been so “boring”. And dead. Maybe that’s why I’m feeling this way?


144 posted on 05/12/2010 10:23:38 AM PDT by Miztiki ( FReeper Jeff Head needs our help! http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2481989/posts)
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To: Miztiki
I don’t know why I’m posting to you, but there you are. Maybe if I had gotten to know my uncle, maybe he wouldn’t have been so “boring”. And dead. Maybe that’s why I’m feeling this way?

Maybe. I can't say... I'm sorry about your uncle, but this thread is more than five years old, and I have no idea what you're talking about with "frito feet". I can't feel real guilty about something I said 5 years ago. You missed the threads of his that got pulled because they were even further "out there" than this one.

145 posted on 05/12/2010 2:25:22 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog

It looks like I mistook you for someone else. Sorry about that! I can imagine your confusion getting my ping from out of the blue.

There’s a thread today that mentioned this Harry guy, and one of the posters opined that they had said some rather harsh things to the man right before his unexpected death, and that poster felt really bad. I somehow mixed up that poster with you, and the feeling “you” had was something I could relate to in another way w/my uncle, hence my comment and ping.

Again, so sorry for confusing you!

btw, “frito feet” is a term dog owners have used for years to describe the distinct smell many dogs’ feet have (reminiscent of corn chips). It was just a thread I came across, and one thread link led to another (and into an embarassing mixup on my part).


146 posted on 05/12/2010 4:22:21 PM PDT by Miztiki ( FReeper Jeff Head needs our help! http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2481989/posts)
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To: The Other Harry

Don’t!

Money pits!


147 posted on 05/12/2010 4:26:28 PM PDT by Randy Larsen ( BTW, If I offend you! Please let me know, I may want to offend you again!(FR #1690))
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To: The Other Harry

Don’t buy the the pony,,,,$750 ,,,,too much ,people are trying to give horses away ,,,when you buy a horse its the cheapest thing you’ll ever do ,,, the farrier ,feed cost ,stable or pasture cost every month , tack and vet bills ,,, how many head you want ,,, I’ve got over 40 head I’d love to get off the feed bill.


148 posted on 05/12/2010 4:37:18 PM PDT by piroque
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To: Miztiki

OK - no problem :~) I’ve had a lot of dogs, and never smelled their feet.


149 posted on 05/12/2010 4:41:29 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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