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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
I'm pretty much against riding miniatures for the reasons stated above. They shouldn't carry more than 25% or so of their weight regularly...and a miniature horse that is NOT FAT, at about 36" tall, weighs only about 250 lbs. That means 60 lbs absolute maximum, for a tall mini, INCLUDING the saddle which will be 10-15 lbs. Most kids older than 4 are going to be over 45 lbs. I also think minis shouldn't be in with full sized horses or even large ponies, because as someone else said- even a warning or playful kick can kill them.
A shetland, like Saddlebag suggested, may work...if you got a 44-45 inch one it would still be outgrown quickly but at least gives you a little more time...the bigger, nicely built ones can carry up to about 80 including the saddle. IMO though, your best bet is finding a 12hh+ pony, maybe welsh or even a large pony x shetland cross, that has been professionally trained and can be ridable for years.
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