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post #1 of 17 Old 08-01-2009, 04:08 PM Thread Starter
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hello!! How long is too long/far to walk my one year old mini? I don't want to overdo it but she is really fat!! LOL

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post #2 of 17 Old 08-01-2009, 10:27 PM
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Do you mean just walk around? Or do you mean riding her?.
If you do mean just walking around the yard and trails you can walk her all you want and I suggest to walk her for as long as you can because it's alot of practice for not only her but you as well. If you mean riding I wouldn't ride her for more then 20 mins.
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You can walk her as long as you want. Horses can walk many miles, esp. If you arent riding. Also work on trotting.




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Horses can walk all day. Try trotting her around to get her back in shape.
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you leading her around will do nothing for her weight problem and you will not be able to walk enough yourself to put her is shape.
Buy a mussel and let her wear it all the time. Our little butter ball is really a nice weight after wearing a mussel all summer.
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post #6 of 17 Old 08-03-2009, 07:28 AM
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Do you mean just walk around? Or do you mean riding her?.
If you do mean just walking around the yard and trails you can walk her all you want and I suggest to walk her for as long as you can because it's alot of practice for not only her but you as well. If you mean riding I wouldn't ride her for more then 20 mins.
Being that the horse is only one- it should not even have a rider on it.

You can hand walk it all you want- also if you like to go for jogs/walks just lead the mini along with you... great exercise for both :)


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I sat on my horse when he was one and walked around in small circles. He is in perfect shape today. The younger you start getting them use to at least saddling, bridling and having someone on their back, the better. You don't have to ride them around for an hour or anything just small walks.
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I sat on my horse when he was one and walked around in small circles. He is in perfect shape today. The younger you start getting them use to at least saddling, bridling and having someone on their back, the better. You don't have to ride them around for an hour or anything just small walks.
this is a mini?? At one that mini compared to it's riders size is way to small to be carrying weight. Starting a horse early has nothing to do with what shape it will end up in adult life.
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this is a mini?? At one that mini compared to it's riders size is way to small to be carrying weight. Starting a horse early has nothing to do with what shape it will end up in adult life.
I'm not saying to get on the horse and ride it at a walk, trot, canter and jump her for a few hours a day. Sitting on the horses back and having someone lead her around (as long as the horse is healthy) will not harm the horse.

As far as it being a mini, as long as the rider is proper weight and height it will do nothing to the horse either. We don't know if she was talking about riding or walking.
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Sitting on the horses back and having someone lead her around (as long as the horse is healthy) will not harm the horse.
I disagree completely with this. You can't really make those kinds of statements, since it's actually been proven it DOES damage to a horses back. The spine is not developed, and putting pressure can cause serious damage to undeveloped vertebrae and ****** the proper growth of them, leading to equine lordosis. Not to mention, at a year old, not even the knee joints are closed so the weight of a rider is putting immense strain on completely undeveloped joint tissue.

You also cannot take into account a horse that may blow up - people think it's fine to ride yearlings, without even bothering to think what will happen if they start acting up. Now, on top of the strain you're already creating from asking a horse to do work it's not mature enough for, you're adding the additional strain on those joints when the horse starts hopping around or bucking.

There are plenty of articles on it, and regardless of the opinion on the damage caused, it's already scentifically proven horses joints don't fully close and fuse until it's a minimum of 6 years old. When riding a yearling, virtually NONE of these processes have even begun, and it's been seen time and time again in young swayback horses, a result of being ridden to early and causing permenent damage to the spine.

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