Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
I'm pretty sure she just meant in hand walking. I agree completely with RiosDad - a miniature should never be ridden by anything but the smallest child (even that's questionable, they are NOT designed to be ridden, but some stockier ones have pony blood), and riding a yearling mini is out of the question completely.
Sorry, I went off topic on the OP. Everyone else got it right, horses can walk for eternity, especially a youngster, they're full of energy. If you're in good shape, I think going for jogs with her would be more beneficial, you're really not going to burn off an ounce of fat from just walking her, even if it's for hours.
Or even if you have a small paddock, do some liberty work with her. Let her run around and play, but make her work for a good chunk of time, trotting and cantering around. Once she breaks a light sweat, you know she's been working enough to start burning calories.
Also, have you considered modifying her feed if she's so chunky as a youngster?
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.