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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: Lemondropkid31

My husband says no selling... not even our pony :~D


51 posted on 07/28/2005 10:26:57 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: martin_fierro
http://politicalhumor.about.com/od/multimedia/v/edwardshair.htm

John Edwards attends to his hair.

52 posted on 07/29/2005 1:07:28 AM PDT by beyond the sea ("If you think it's hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball." - Jack Lemmon)
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To: martin_fierro
I didn't see your link at first. That video is unreal!

His "comb hand" is bad enough, but the other hand is so "gay" (not that there's anything wrong with that).

53 posted on 07/29/2005 1:11:15 AM PDT by beyond the sea ("If you think it's hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball." - Jack Lemmon)
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To: The Other Harry

Hi Harry,

She sounds like a nice pony. One thing you need to be careful with the mare (female) is that she will come into season. You can have some real problems with her. Sometimes women are discouraged from riding mares and stallions in the show ring for that reason. We usually buy geldings. Our mare was calm and quiet as can be until she came into season. Then she would pace, run off and clear 4 foot fences.


55 posted on 07/29/2005 4:46:14 AM PDT by Lady GOP
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To: The Other Harry

That is a good price for board. Find out what is included ie., they clean the stall, feed, turn out etc. Is there a place to ride and someone to give lessons..? Get some books on horses and read up. Horses for Dummies is a good place to start.


56 posted on 07/29/2005 4:47:54 AM PDT by Lady GOP
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To: The Other Harry

Spend some time with the pony.

Watch the pony eat.

Observe the pony making a "number two"

That will be the new life cycle of your money!!!!

HA


57 posted on 07/29/2005 4:49:11 AM PDT by WhiteGuy (Vote for gridlock - Make the elected personally liable for their wasteful spending)
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To: The Other Harry
I want to give the local kids rides. And I need something to do. I like animals.

It's a nice idea, but please reconsider. You would be doing this pony a great diservice by buying him and not knowing a thing about horse and pony care. Horses and ponies are not like cats and dogs. They need around the clock meticulous maintence with feed, feet, teeth and vet care. They can colic at the drop of a hat, and injure themselves on things that you didn't even know they could injure themselves on. They need a constant feed schedule, with proper hay and grain. You won't be able to put him out in a grass paddock and expect him to fend for himself.

If you're really interested in getting a pony, please talk to a local stable and get some experience first. It's the only way to do it. You don't own them, they own you. Caring for a horse is an around the clock thing.
58 posted on 07/29/2005 5:17:41 AM PDT by Beaker
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To: unbalanced but fair; HairOfTheDog; Ditter; Lady GOP; cavanman; Duchess47; PAR35; soozla; ...
Harry, you are either the biggest BSer on FR or an idiot. You don't get along with your neighbors, you're an admitted alcoholic, and you give gifts to little girls in the neighborhood.

I can't think of one post I've made to FR which was BS. There might have been one, but virtually all have been quite serious. Joking, yes, but also serious.

I am not an idiot. What I am is a bit crazy and rather bored these days.

The booze is a problem, but I've been working on that.

I do get along with my neighbors -- all but that one, who no one gets along with.

I see nothing wrong with buying gifts for the local kids. I even got a computer program to help me keep track of their birthdays. I do not invite them inside my house or otherwise make any inappropriate contact with them. I just like them. Kids are, in many ways, more likeable than adults. Plus, it gives me something to do. As would the pony.

Why not get a pony? Go for it. Buy a pony and a case of beer and some Rubiks cubes and sit back and relax. Of course you'll need a shovel for the real sh#t, but I'm sure you can handle that.

I don't drink beer. Scotch is my preferred poison.

I have a professional stabling arrangement for the pony. She would have plenty of room to move around. The man who owns the stable is the person who takes rescue equines from the SPCA. He also breeds ponies. He could train me to train and care for her. He's very good.

I also have a backup arrangement.

I started out knowing nothing, but I am able to ramp up on new subjects very quickly. I'm ramping, and you folks are helping me.

I can take the razz. I'm too old to mind it.

59 posted on 07/29/2005 5:25:44 AM PDT by The Other Harry
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To: Rhiannon
If they are a little rank it is because no one puts the time into training them that they would a full sized horse, they think they're more harmless because they're small.

I think the person was certainly telling tall tales when he or she told you about the horse's age. Horses can get to be into their 40s, but that's really old, and that doesn't happen all that often.. They can easily live into their early to mid 30s, though. To be fair, however, I once knew a pony, his name was Dynamite, who lived to be 45.
60 posted on 07/29/2005 5:27:02 AM PDT by Beaker
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To: The Other Harry

" I don't drink beer. Scotch is my preferred poison."

Sorry Harry,

Scotch is NOT poison.


61 posted on 07/29/2005 5:28:18 AM PDT by WhiteGuy (Vote for gridlock - Make the elected personally liable for their wasteful spending)
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To: Rhiannon

Oh shoot, Rhiannon, I'm sorry, that italicized part was not meant for you. I don't know how it got in there. I'm so sorry.


62 posted on 07/29/2005 5:29:18 AM PDT by Beaker
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To: Beaker

No problem No offense taken.


63 posted on 07/29/2005 5:32:41 AM PDT by Rhiannon
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To: tertiary01; Rhiannon

32 is pretty average, my first horse died at 34 but she was put to sleep. 70? No way.


64 posted on 07/29/2005 5:44:46 AM PDT by tuffydoodle
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To: The Other Harry

Best comment I ever heard on equines:

Horses (and probably ponies too) are one of the best proofs going for creation and against evolution. There is no way an animal that stupid, mean, fragile, and hungry could possibly have evolved. Particularly given how useful they are to people.

I grew up around horses all my life. It's not fun. It's not even terribly rewarding. All of the horse people I know - excepting the western riders - have been high strung and a little neurotic. I suspect that's because of the annoyance of having to tie their lives down to a hayburning beast that, no matter how sweet and cute it looks at you with those gorgeous golden-brown eyes, is really just waiting for the moment you let your guard down so that it can bite off a couple fingers or land a good kick somewhere special like your skull or betwixt your legs.


65 posted on 07/29/2005 5:57:46 AM PDT by FateAmenableToChange
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To: FateAmenableToChange
Whoo Boy.
Someone has a chip on their shoulder.
66 posted on 07/29/2005 6:19:32 AM PDT by Beaker
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To: Beaker

"Someone has a chip on their shoulder"

LOL!!! My husband could have written that rant, he despises horses and just puts up with them because he knows I love them. He's one of those people that has had nothing but bad luck with them, starting from when he was a kid living on a farm til now (Tuffy ran over him once, long story). He had better luck with cows and he really loves pigs. When he was in 4H he had over 200 pigs.


67 posted on 07/29/2005 6:49:45 AM PDT by tuffydoodle
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To: The Other Harry

You want a pony to give the local kids rides...
You buy flowers for young girls on the local basketball team...

Haven't your neighbors told their children to stay away from you yet?

Gads.


68 posted on 07/29/2005 6:57:47 AM PDT by .38sw
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To: The Other Harry

I recall the advice my Dad gave to people who would ask him about buying a boat. My dad was a terrific sailor, enlisted in the Navy, served four years on a carrier, loved everything about the "high seas". But when it came to boating, and he did own some beautiful sailing vessels, he always gave the same advice to people seeking his input on buying a boat and sailing: "Stand in your shower and tear up $100 dollar bills. Boat ownership is like that - it is very expensive and you get wet - basically, end of story." The rest was up to them to decide. Is horse/pony ownership somehow condensed into something like this?? Could be, but in the end, it's up to YOU to decide.


69 posted on 07/29/2005 7:10:31 AM PDT by soozla (Some people bring happiness when they enter the room and others........when they leave it.)
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To: The Other Harry
I can't think of one post I've made to FR which was BS. There might have been one, but virtually all have been quite serious. Joking, yes, but also serious.

Harry, all your posts are BS.

What I am is a bit crazy and rather bored these days.

Do you have a job yet? You're 56 years old, you need to be contributing to your community in some useful way, and giving pony rides, hanging around young girl basketball players, and giving gifts to neighborhood little girls is not the way to go. You quit an EMT course because it was too intense? Have you gotten professional help or AA for your scotch drinking problem? Have you found a church yet? You've been living there four years, you should have some adult friends and groups to spend time with.

I see nothing wrong with buying gifts for the local kids. I even got a computer program to help me keep track of their birthdays. I do not invite them inside my house or otherwise make any inappropriate contact with them. I just like them. Kids are, in many ways, more likeable than adults. Plus, it gives me something to do. As would the pony.

Forget the kids until you get your own act together, that's how you can really help them. Set an example. Children are not toys for your entertainment and a man of 56 needs to be involved with other adults. Frankly, the fact that you have a computer program to keep track of their birthdays bothers me.

I can take the razz. I'm too old to mind it.

If you're lonely there are plenty of groups for adults you can join. As for the pony, do it a favor and let someone else have it. Get a cat or a dog as a companion for yourself, not to attract children. And this isn't razz, this is serious advice. Find some real counseling, not just advice on FR.

70 posted on 07/29/2005 7:39:59 AM PDT by unbalanced but fair
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To: The Other Harry
The booze is a problem, but I've been working on that.

By musing about whether you can get a DUI while driving a pony cart. You're not working on it, you're looking for new ways to get around drunk. I don't care if you get yourself killed.... But leave the pony out of it.

71 posted on 07/29/2005 7:41:40 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog; The Other Harry
But leave the pony out of it.

And the neighborhood kids.

72 posted on 07/29/2005 7:43:29 AM PDT by .38sw
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To: unbalanced but fair; The Other Harry

Excellent observations and advice. You listening, Harry?


73 posted on 07/29/2005 7:43:59 AM PDT by .38sw
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To: .38sw; The Other Harry

Yes.... and most definately leave the neighborhood kids alone.

Do the two young girl basketball players you watch know you posted their names and schools on the internet? I bet they'd rightfully be very alarmed by that.


74 posted on 07/29/2005 7:46:06 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog; The Other Harry
I bet they'd rightfully be very alarmed by that.

To say nothing of their parents. If that were my daughter, it would be restraining order time.

75 posted on 07/29/2005 7:48:09 AM PDT by ecurbh (Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/)
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To: HairOfTheDog
Yes.... and most definately leave the neighborhood kids alone. Do the two young girl basketball players you watch know you posted their names and schools on the internet? I bet they'd rightfully be very alarmed by that.

I think we've all been too kind and gentle with Harry, somebody needs to slap him and get him out of this fixation with children. I'd hate to think that posters on FR have unintentionally been enablers in all of this.

76 posted on 07/29/2005 7:59:53 AM PDT by unbalanced but fair
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To: unbalanced but fair

Do you know who that guy is? Perhaps the authorities should be notified about his fixation and the guys neighbors alerted to the stuff he's posting. I have 5 kids and I sure as heck would want to know what's in my neighborhood lurking.


77 posted on 07/29/2005 8:03:43 AM PDT by tuffydoodle
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To: PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain

Becky how much do you want for that pali..?


78 posted on 07/29/2005 8:22:44 AM PDT by Lady GOP
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To: soozla
"Stand in your shower and tear up $100 dollar bills. Boat ownership is like that - it is very expensive and you get wet - basically, end of story." The rest was up to them to decide. Is horse/pony ownership somehow condensed into something like this??
It's exactly like that. Only stand in the middle of a manure pile and tear up $100 dollar bills. It's very expensive and you're bound to get dirty. :-p If you do it, you have to WANT to do it. Maybe we horse people should take up boating... at least we'd get clean again!
79 posted on 07/29/2005 8:25:55 AM PDT by Beaker
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To: Beaker

Sure, if they have enough $100 bills.


80 posted on 07/29/2005 8:27:03 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: Beaker
Only stand in the middle of a manure pile and tear up $100 dollar bills

Yup..my husband wanted to name the last gelding, Money Pit.

Good thing theyre so darn cute!

81 posted on 07/29/2005 8:30:21 AM PDT by Lady GOP
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To: The Other Harry
You might want to start out with an older horse. The younger ones tend to be a bit fiesty. Also if you get a bigger one you could ride it. Just a thought. We know of some older trail horses for sale, inexpensive and dead broke if anyone is looking.

And BTW learn the meaning of each of these:

Buck

Rear

Kick

As you will learn the real meaning of each, first hand!

82 posted on 07/29/2005 8:36:18 AM PDT by Lady GOP
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To: HairOfTheDog
Sure, if they have enough $100 bills.
This is true. :-)
83 posted on 07/29/2005 8:45:04 AM PDT by Beaker
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To: Lady GOP
You might want to start out with an older horse. The

He needs to start out with drug and alcohol detox, then some counseling, then a job, THEN maybe a horse.

84 posted on 07/29/2005 8:49:42 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: The Other Harry

Here's what you need. First forget about a pony, they're too expensive. Get a big dog. If your kid is stupid or has poor vision, they'll never know.


85 posted on 07/29/2005 8:50:59 AM PDT by exile (Exile - Helen Thomas tried to lure me into her Gingerbread House.)
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To: HairOfTheDog
Do the two young girl basketball players you watch know you posted their names and schools on the internet? I bet they'd rightfully be very alarmed by that.

Their names were already published in a state journal and in many newspaper articles.

86 posted on 07/29/2005 9:23:02 AM PDT by The Other Harry
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To: HairOfTheDog
He needs to start out with drug and alcohol detox, then some counseling, then a job, THEN maybe a horse.

Drugs are not an issue with me. I have done the alcohol detox and the counseling.

Bill has his 12 steps. I've been working on mine. There is a lot of overlap, but they are not quite the same.

87 posted on 07/29/2005 9:36:18 AM PDT by The Other Harry
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To: unbalanced but fair
I think we've all been too kind and gentle with Harry, somebody needs to slap him and get him out of this fixation with children. I'd hate to think that posters on FR have unintentionally been enablers in all of this.

One more time...

I have no fixation with children. My problem is booze.

Learn to read.

88 posted on 07/29/2005 9:42:30 AM PDT by The Other Harry
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To: HairOfTheDog
The trouble with ponies is often that they are too little for an adult rider to ride and train them

Technically, it's a "pony" if it's anything under about 14 hands. Harry's already described it as "a small horse," so I think it's probably on the upper range of "pony."

That said, the rest of your points are right on the money.

89 posted on 07/29/2005 9:43:06 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: The Other Harry
Their names were already published in a state journal and in many newspaper articles.

Being published in the context of emotional internet musings by drunk old bachelors who like to watch little girls play and who try to think of neat things to buy to attract neighborhood kids is an entirely different kind of creepy. If you don't know why, read the news.

90 posted on 07/29/2005 9:48:00 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: The Other Harry
I have done the alcohol detox and the counseling

With all due respect, TOH, if you have done the alcohol detox and gone back to drinking, you need to start over. One does not go back to "square one drink status" once he/she has gone through detox, and you know that. Bill has 12 steps and they work, you have "how many" and they aren't working. Leave animals, all animals, out of the equation until you get healthy.
91 posted on 07/29/2005 9:53:52 AM PDT by LSAggie
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To: r9etb

"Technically, it's a "pony" if it's anything under about 14 hands."

The Connemara pony, largest of the pony breeds, can be 15h, although not average. They usually aren't larger than 14.2h.


92 posted on 07/29/2005 10:06:53 AM PDT by tuffydoodle
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To: The Other Harry

Harry, get a life, a real one. Get off the internet and get out and meet people, adults. And quit trying to convince us that your drinking isn't a problem. I read your posts and you do talk about children alot. You never mention adult friends. What are we supposed to think?
Well, I have a real job to go to now and I'm running late. Oh and I'm older than you are and even was temporarily disabled for a while. So quit playing the victim...it's boring.


93 posted on 07/29/2005 10:41:32 AM PDT by unbalanced but fair
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To: LSAggie
Leave animals, all animals, out of the equation until you get healthy.

I completely disagree.

I like children (except in restaurants), birds, and animals. They are one of my personal steps.

I get along with most adults -- those who are not using cell-phones.

I have several good adult friends.

As for adult meetings and groups, it is hard for me to think of anything more boring. TV comes close.

A pony would certainly be better.

Now it is time for me to go down and see if my property taxes have been paid. They should have been, but I tried to pay them electronically this time.

I'll go visit the pony next.

94 posted on 07/29/2005 10:47:49 AM PDT by The Other Harry
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To: The Other Harry
I like children (except in restaurants), birds, and animals. They are one of my personal steps.

You have no right to include other people's children or animals in your personal 'steps'. They are not props, Harry.

95 posted on 07/29/2005 11:01:30 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: unbalanced but fair
I read your posts and you do talk about children alot. You never mention adult friends. What are we supposed to think?

Could be that my posting tactics have been wrong.

I tend to leave my personal life out of it. I get pretty personal, but some of it is too close.

I am relatively normal. I am honest and very nice. Just bored.

96 posted on 07/29/2005 11:02:09 AM PDT by The Other Harry
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To: HairOfTheDog
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.

98 posted on 07/29/2005 11:19:02 AM PDT by The Other Harry
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To: cavanman
You fixation is fast nearing the realm of revolting.

You are imagining things.

99 posted on 07/29/2005 11:22:04 AM PDT by The Other Harry
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To: HairOfTheDog

Ohhh darn :o(

:O)


100 posted on 07/29/2005 11:24:35 AM PDT by Lemondropkid31
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