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post #11 of 17 Old 08-03-2009, 08:33 PM
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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.
May be I might not be thinking right but I thought a mini is a minature hores. Standing say 30 inches tall when fully grown and maybe this yearling is about 2 feet tall??? Unless you have some little kid how can anyone sit on this little guy?? If you are putting a little kid on him what if he bucks or panics?? Does the little kid get bucked off??
No I feel a yearling mini is just too small to ride by anyone.
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post #12 of 17 Old 08-03-2009, 10:48 PM
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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?

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post #13 of 17 Old 08-04-2009, 06:46 AM
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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.
You do know that the horses bones aren't fully gerown together untill they're 6 years old? No matter the breed. The back is the one to mature last (or the neck, actually). The bones, which gets the most strains in small circls, arr matured first, but even they're still not mature at 1 years old! Come back when your horse is 30 and stuill in a good shape! (strangely, horses that by tradition are broke later in their lives tend to live and work way longer, up to over 30 years of age even.)

I agree that gettig them used to stuff and work them without weight is good to do whenever yu get the chance.


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post #14 of 17 Old 08-04-2009, 06:49 AM
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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.
No horse is designed to be ridden ;) A mini can very well carry small kids if they're trained for it, the problem is to train such small horses to be good riding horses, since experienced adults can't do it. On shetlandponies, that's way stockier, a small adult can in fct give them their irst riding lessons and make them good riding ponies.
Sorry, off topic.


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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.
I guess this is all a matter of opinion. I sat on my horses back and got him use to the weight of a saddle when he was a yearing, he is now 4 and started training and he's a doll, and not to mention gets a 100% from the vet check every year. Again, I'm not saying to get on your yearlings back and make him work for an hour or two. I'm not even suggesting to trot the horse while your on his back. I know plenty of people, certified trainers, who start the horse getting use to the weight at one year of age and some of those horses are now 20 years of age and completely healthy with no joint or back problems.
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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.
No your right, Most minis were "designed" to be pack animals and carry 100+ pounds.
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post #17 of 17 Old 08-05-2009, 06:24 PM
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No your right, Most minis were "designed" to be pack animals and carry 100+ pounds.
That's the shetland pony rather than the slim miniature I've seen you have ''over there''.. and that mini-shetland is bed after the times they were pack animals.


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