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post #11 of 44 Old 07-08-2014, 10:43 AM
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What you are proposing by buying a new halter and possibly arranging for trim work is that you could be seen as meddling. It's their horse, not yours, no matter how you disagree with it's upkeep. Some people pay big money to keep a horse in a box stall. They can do that because it's their horse, not necessarily the best for the horse but it's their call.
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What you are proposing by buying a new halter and possibly arranging for trim work is that you could be seen as meddling. It's their horse, not yours, no matter how you disagree with it's upkeep. Some people pay big money to keep a horse in a box stall. They can do that because it's their horse, not necessarily the best for the horse but it's their call.
And that's the issue.. I wouldn't just go out and tart doing anything without their permission first, but I would try to convince her to sell him to me. If that doesn't work, I'd offer my help
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post #13 of 44 Old 07-08-2014, 11:23 PM
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I wonder how old you are, simply because adults can be so bad about not thinking young people know very much. If you are very young it would probably help to have an adult talk to her.
Finding out the laws is a great idea!
I would probably approach her saying that I am very afraid for her kids, scared that one of them is going to get seriously hurt. When a friend of one of the kids petting the pony and maybe getting hurt was mentioned....you might point out (in a way that you are just worried about her) that is a major lawsuit in the making! If money would get her attention, that should!
Don't your parents, the boyfriend, some adult know about the situation? They should be getting involved, or the parents of the kids (the visiting friends) that are in danger of getting hurt.
Another thought, you seem to know the farrier fairly well. Is he the kind of person who would be concerned and willing to help? I don't suppose the pony can be seen by any roads? My thought was that he could stop by saying he had seen the pony in the pen and was offering his services. If the pony can't be seen that wouldn't work. Darn.
I'm trying so hard to come up with ideas.
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I wonder how old you are, simply because adults can be so bad about not thinking young people know very much. If you are very young it would probably help to have an adult talk to her.
Finding out the laws is a great idea!
I would probably approach her saying that I am very afraid for her kids, scared that one of them is going to get seriously hurt. When a friend of one of the kids petting the pony and maybe getting hurt was mentioned....you might point out (in a way that you are just worried about her) that is a major lawsuit in the making! If money would get her attention, that should!
Don't your parents, the boyfriend, some adult know about the situation? They should be getting involved, or the parents of the kids (the visiting friends) that are in danger of getting hurt.
Another thought, you seem to know the farrier fairly well. Is he the kind of person who would be concerned and willing to help? I don't suppose the pony can be seen by any roads? My thought was that he could stop by saying he had seen the pony in the pen and was offering his services. If the pony can't be seen that wouldn't work. Darn.
I'm trying so hard to come up with ideas.

I'm 21.. Hah but I definitely know what you're saying. Even around my age, many people don't take me seriously, even though I've been around horses for most of my life (since I was 4) I wrote out some things I'd like to talk to her about, I was originally going to do it online as I hardly ever see her, and it's sometimes hard to find her, but I've decided it would be much better for me to try it in person, since words are often read differently and misinterpreted. I had my mother read what I wrote out and she said that she would find it offensive.. I wish some "adults" would just grow up xD
The farrier is Amish and unfortunately does not go that way on his own. Even so, the pony is so nervous that, even if he is close to the road, he quickly moves to the back side of the paddock out of sight the moment he hears a car or tractor approaching. I definitely appreciate the help, thank you! I'm hoping to possibly talk to her tomorrow. Wish me luck!
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post #15 of 44 Old 07-09-2014, 12:48 PM
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Cute pony. You've gotten a lot of advice, I just wanted to mention that you could get him registered as a POA if he's not already. He's got the color for it

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Cute pony. You've gotten a lot of advice, I just wanted to mention that you could get him registered as a POA if he's not already. He's got the color for it
That's what I was thinking, also! His skin is spotted on his hind quarters and a bit down his legs, too. That all depends on whether or not I can find the person to talk to, without her snotty kids around..
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OK, supposing you wind up with the pony, then what? Would you put it up for sale or keep it? If you sell him you have no idea of how his future will turn out. Are you going to pay the castration fees? Who's going to train him? No one wants an untrained pony for their kids. There is no substitute for many miles under saddle and who's going to do that? I suspect you're caught up on this idea of rescuing this pony but with no real plan in place.
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OK, supposing you wind up with the pony, then what? Would you put it up for sale or keep it? If you sell him you have no idea of how his future will turn out. Are you going to pay the castration fees? Who's going to train him? No one wants an untrained pony for their kids. There is no substitute for many miles under saddle and who's going to do that? I suspect you're caught up on this idea of rescuing this pony but with no real plan in place.

You're assuming things about me, and it is slightly irritating. I am most certainly not a child. You did not say that, but it's implied in the tone of the post. HOWEVER!!! I do see and completely understand where you're coming from. They're all valid questions, for which I have answers. The likelihood of me getting him and having him for myself (right now) seems very slim, I've accepted that. I have not been able to get a hold of my brother's girlfriend, but I'm trying. But IF I do, I'll keep him. For a little while, at least. A few years. I understand that selling is always a toss up, which is why when I'm selling animals, I always check out where they're going, and who they're going to. I know that's not always a guarantee, but it's better than just letting them go to the highest bidder. And I've got a fairly good idea as to who would want him, and would be able to continue to work with him. I've already got some money put aside for castration, and with the job I've got, it won't take long to finish getting it. I've got a barn with two large stalls and a run-in, and a 10+ acre pasture with a pond, plenty of area for him to run and graze, with shelter and fresh water (none of which he has now). I have experience training, and though I'm likely too tall for him, I've got a good friend who trains horses and ponies and is already very excited as she hasn't been able to work with an untrained horse in a couple years. I don't plan on starting anything under saddle for at least another year, as I want to work on his biting, possible kicking, and desensitizing. That's a huge part of the training, especially with a pony/horse that is likely to be used for children. I am not clueless, I understand the work it's going to take to get him to where he needs to be. I know it's going to take a great deal of time and effort, and a lot of patience, all of which I'm willing to give. I'm not jumping in to this thinking it's going to be easy or cheap. I'm not doing this on a whim. It is something I'm very serious and passionate about.
I understand and appreciate your concern, and I thank you for any advice you (and anyone else) are able to give. I'm open to any and all suggestions.
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I liked both these posts. SB's because it happens oh so often and is a fair warning, and the OP's because it looks like she can fit the bill.

Naturally I like the looks of the pony, probably have lots of Appytude. He may be the fewspot pattern. Wonder if he would shuffle? And the best thing that could happen to him at this point in his life, is to be taken in by someone competent.
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post #20 of 44 Old 07-11-2014, 10:42 AM
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I think he'd make a right smart driving pony. Once he's gelded the nipping should subside or will with some discipline.
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