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post #1 of 9 Old 10-20-2010, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
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Question Can u ride a Mini

I know this is prolly a silly question...But can u ride a mini? I know they cant have alot weight on their back. I am 4ft 7 & so its hard to had to get on regular horses. I love the fact a mini can drive. Well jus wanted ask....

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post #2 of 9 Old 10-20-2010, 12:08 PM
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Minis should only be ridden by very tiny children. They'll stay healthier longer if only used as driving animals.

If you want an actual riding animal, get a pony or a small horse.

Besides, mounting blocks were made so short people could ride taller horses. I'm only 5'1", and have been using a mounting block for a number of years.
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thanks that what I thought too but I wanted clear it up

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You can get a shetland pony which can drive and be ridden too.
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Besides, mounting blocks were made so short people could ride taller horses. I'm only 5'1", and have been using a mounting block for a number of years.
SR, it's a shame! I'm 5'8" and I ALWAYS use mounting block to get on my 14'3 qh (when I ride English).

Mamber, I've seen your other thread where you are talking about getting rescued minis. They are not designed to ride and unless already trained you'll load good money into training them to drive. It's not like attach cart and go, it's also require training, and while I never drove nor trained a horse to drive I bet it's as tough as training for riding. If you really want a horse to ride, better consider "been there done that" trained horse, so you could learn on it.
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Kitten, I used to be able to mount from the ground. Since I had a very bad riding wreck when I was 30 y/o, I've been unable to do so. I can't get my leg high enough to get my foot in the stirrup from the ground anymore.

If I fall or get off during a ride, I have to find a log or something else in order to get back on. I generally don't need much more than an extra two or three inches, but without that boost I'll be walking back!

Besides, using a mounting block is better for a horse's back. They're not being wrenched to the side while the rider gets on.
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As far as I've ever heard, a mini shouldn't have more than 60 pounds on his back. And I dont even think I'd trust our Mini Whinney with a child on his back: I call him "Nuts" for a reason. He's too cute but man he's got a little attitude.
And Speed Racer, I LOVE the pic in your avatar! Too cute! Reminds me of the look my cat used to give me when I'd start taking him towards the shower to wash him. R.I.P Chase
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Besides, using a mounting block is better for a horse's back. They're not being wrenched to the side while the rider gets on.
That's the very reason I prefer to get on from something higher than ground (in addition to my bad back). I don't use steps when I use western saddle though as it sits much more stable(?) on back.
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They say they can carry 50ish lbs, but I would not get on one, or ever recommend someone get on one. My friend is 4'8 at 21 years old. She has a 13.2hh pony that fits her perfectly. And as mentioned, mounting blocks serve a purpose.
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