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  • The $700 Pony

    Driving your trailer for a first look at a sale pony is a bad idea.

    If you do this, AND are arguing with your husband all the way, "No, no, honey, I am just going to LOOK!" and he keeps asking why we have the trailer, you should consider therapy.

    I bought the pony. I didn't even negotiate. Unless you consider insisting that they throw in the dry rotted bridle and the nylon halter "negotiation."

    I brought the pony home to our 130 acre farm. The one with no fencing. Except the hot wire for the chickens. Oh, and no shelter, really, except the chicken coop.

    I'm thinking maybe I should skip therapy and go straight to medication.

    The pony does not have a coggins (what do you WANT for $700!!??) and heaven only knows about shots, so I am frantically looking for a barn at the same time that I am trying to trailer pony over to vet to get her blood work and shots ('trying' because my truck is in for major brake work right now, oh, and I have two children under the age of 2).

    I suppose I could have the vet come here, but since my "'"'facilities'"'" (and may God not strike me dead for describing my chicken coop as a facility) are severely lacking she might feel compelled to notify the ASPCA.

    Sigh.

    All horse people are crazy, aren't we?

    The pony is 14h and I'm not too big. She's so, so, so green (think "emerald in the rough"), but so, so patient with her weird, weird new life with the chickens.

    She's going to be an event pony for me, and then, hopefully for some very, very lucky little kid. I think anyway. I actually have no idea if she can jump.

    If you don't mind, I'd love to post here as she develops. I am madly in love and need to talk about it to someone other than my husband (who might get a little jealous).

    Many thanks! Ellen
    Chronicles of the $700 Pony
    The Further Adventures of the $700 Pony
    www.blithetraveler.com <-- My Blog
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    Driving your trailer for a first look at a sale pony is a bad idea.

    If you do this, AND are arguing with your husband all the way, "No, no, honey, I am just going to LOOK!" and he keeps asking why we have the trailer, you should consider therapy.

    I bought the pony. I didn't even negotiate. Unless you consider insisting that they throw in the dry rotted bridle and the nylon halter "negotiation."

    I brought the pony home to our 130 acre farm. The one with no fencing. Except the hot wire for the chickens. Oh, and no shelter, really, except the chicken coop.

    I'm thinking maybe I should skip therapy and go straight to medication.

    The pony does not have a coggins (what do you WANT for $700!!??) and heaven only knows about shots, so I am frantically looking for a barn at the same time that I am trying to trailer pony over to vet to get her blood work and shots ('trying' because my truck is in for major brake work right now, oh, and I have two children under the age of 2).

    I suppose I could have the vet come here, but since my "'"'facilities'"'" (and may God not strike me dead for describing my chicken coop as a facility) are severely lacking she might feel compelled to notify the ASPCA.

    Sigh.

    All horse people are crazy, aren't we?

    The pony is 14h and I'm not too big. She's so, so, so green (think "emerald in the rough"), but so, so patient with her weird, weird new life with the chickens.

    She's going to be an event pony for me, and then, hopefully for some very, very lucky little kid. I think anyway. I actually have no idea if she can jump.

    If you don't mind, I'd love to post here as she develops. I am madly in love and need to talk about it to someone other than my husband (who might get a little jealous).

    Many thanks! Ellen
    Chronicles of the $700 Pony
    The Further Adventures of the $700 Pony
    www.blithetraveler.com <-- My Blog

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    • #3
      Many good wishes to you on your new friend. It sounds like the love you're giving her makes up for the chickenesque living quarters.
      "One thing vampire children have to be taught early is, don't run with a wooden stake."

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      • #4
        Do you have any links for photos we can see??
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        \"No horse stays better than the rider on his back for very long\" Dr. Max Gahwyler

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        • #5
          Ha ha ha!!
          You're crazy, all right - crazy as a fox!

          If my laundry room was a suitable "facility" (for my pone-pone when I was a wee little lassie), so is your chicken coop! Ponies don't give a hen's butt!!
          "Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future!" - Niels Bohr

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          • #6
            Pictures, pictures, pictures!!! My old retired horse prefers to stand outside in the rain and weather, stall be damned! It will all come together - you just needed the pony as a motivator to get the shelter and fence up, right?
            "A horse's face always conveys clearly whether it is loved by its owner or simply used." - Anja Beran

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            • #7
              Sounds real cute I want a mini.

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              • #8
                Actually, horses LIKE chickens!!

                Your post made me laugh and spray Diet Pepsi out of my nose all over my key board at work!!!

                You will have fun with your pony, I am sure of it. Yeah, when I first told my Husband I was going to look at Genie he said: "You are going to buy her, aren't you?? " I was like: "Nooooooo"....Yeah, right!!!
                Just pay attention to him too, and all will be well!!
                It will be really cool to get updates on the progress of your pony!
                There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered -Nelson Mandela

                "You-Take-My-Stubben-Over-My-Dead-Body" Clique!

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                • #9

                  come one- you knew you were bringing a pony home when you brought the trailer- admit it
                  and yes- you are crazy, we are all crazy. One of my friends put it pretty aptly when I was talking to him about buying a second horse and I basically said, owning 2 is just insane, what am I thinking. His response was that owning one was completely insane and owning two was merely another tiny step on the continuum of insanity
                  heres to the insanity
                  There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.(Churchill)

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                  • #10
                    Of course your pony will jump! She has all those chickens to emmulate.

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                    • #11
                      <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Reynard Ridge:

                      so patient with her weird, weird new life with the chickens.

                      <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

                      That's priceless!!

                      Taking the trailer to just 'go look' is perfectly normal....ask anybody here

                      Keep us posted.
                      Nina's Story
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                      • #12
                        Hey, no worries about the chicken coop! My retired horse and my little mule had to share the SAME half of the garage last year when the rains came before we got the shed built. They adapted just fine. (They couldn't have the whole garage cuz the other 1/2 is home to my husband's sports car.) And I'm sure that pony will jump!!
                        Keep us posted~~

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                        • #13
                          So when you start competing at the upper levels "emerald in the rough" will be a very nice name Considering its a $700 pony w/no health records and who came with a rotted bridle must think of the chicken coupe as a 4-star hotel! DEF. NEED PICTURES!!!

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                          • #14
                            YOU GO GIRLFRIEND!!

                            P.S. Can you jump the chicken coop?
                            Susan
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                            www.longformatclub.com

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                            • Original Poster

                              #15
                              Thanks for the good wishes. I will try to get some photos. She is actually quite a nice looking $700 pony.

                              The 'chicken coop' is really a huge old barn. She is living in an old 'horse stall,' a description only an overly optimistic real estate agent (oh, wait, oxymoron) could attach to what I would describe as a potentially deadly mix of 2x4s, half rotted plywood and chain link fence.

                              It is, unfortunately, a dangerous situation for her. The barn is chock full of stuff just looking to damage her in some way. So far she has done a great job of avoiding injury.

                              Vet appointment is Monday (truck will be ready!). I have found a nice barn locally that will take her as soon as I get results on coggins.

                              Oh, and we HAVE decided to name her Emerald in the Rough. Emmie for short.
                              Chronicles of the $700 Pony
                              The Further Adventures of the $700 Pony
                              www.blithetraveler.com <-- My Blog

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                              • #16
                                Your post made me laugh out loud, and I had my husband come read it as just three weeks ago we went out to "look" at a TB gelding.... umm.. with the trailer.
                                Life is short, do it now. www.dleestudio.com
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                                My CANTER cutie, Steely Dan - IL
                                My Exceller cutie, Ace (aka FiftyThreeCards)- NY

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                                • #17
                                  Great story, boy, haven't we ALL been there?! All your pony needs is a portable barn (i.e., waterproof turnout blanket) and she'll be just fine, facility or not! Hey, LOVE that name...especially "Emmie" .. but then...I'm partial to it hee hee
                                  Carole
                                  My Emma Mule, My Donkeys

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                                  • #18
                                    Man, your story brought back memories of my first pony, predictably named Flicka. Got her for $100 including a saddle, bridle and 100 pounds of grain--from a backyard in town! She was almost too small for me from the start, we had no fenced pasture, so she was staked out in our front yard (Lord, spare me the wrath of Pony Clubbers and Horseman everywhere, for I am sure to burn in hell for that!) for weeks. We had a big tree fort, built around 3 trees, so my dad just built walls around the lower half and we moved pony in. Hay went on top. It just proved how incredibly tough ponies are, since she thrived there. I miss her to this day. She was priceless--did anything we asked, gaming, halter, western pleasure, swimming rivers, showing at Fair, jumping ditches, riding double.

                                    Toward the end of her life, she had lived alone so long (another strike against me in the book of sins against horses--I swear I know bette now!) that she just hung out, loose, at my parent's place. Stood under the umbrella table on the deck, eating dog food, coming into the daylight basement to get out the rain (of course, she had a snug little barn by this time, but it was more fun the sleep with the dogs).

                                    Anyway, your pony will thrive as well, because she is loved. That's all they want, love (and lots of snacks!)
                                    Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!

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                                    • #19
                                      Your story cracked me up...
                                      I, too went 'looking' at a Percheron X weanling 3 weeks ago with a horse trailer in tote. I came home with TWO
                                      My husband was with me, and I kept looking to him to say 'no way!', but he just kept saying 'whatever you want, honey'. Foolish, foolish (but sweet) man
                                      http://www.halfpassfarmva.com

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                                      • #20
                                        <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Reynard Ridge:
                                        Oh, and no shelter, really, except the chicken coop.
                                        <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

                                        Just fill the garage with shavings and you'll be all set.
                                        It's all fun and games until someone pulls a shoe....

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