Oh. My. Freaking. God.
It's taken me about 15 mins to read through this entire thread, and I must say, I'm a little scared. What an emotional rollercoaster!!! lol
First of all, I am appalled by the original videos posted on this thread, and I think the first one takes the cake for being the most idiotic, immature individual I have ever seen.
She couldn't even balance on him, he was sooo small. Add that to the kicking, yanking and general disregard for her horse's health and safety, and it's almost an RSPCA issue.
Miniatures are built to look like small horses. They are, in no stretch of the imagination, meant to be ridden. They are NOT ponies. Some pages back, someone mentioned Caspian's. Mini's are pretty much Caspian's in this respect, they simply do not have the physical strength and bone structure to be able to carry weight like a pony can.
Heck, a shetland of the same size could carry twice as much as it's mini counterpart (not that I'd reccommend it).
Anyway, although I'm glad that tempers have been curbed, I agree that any issue regarding animal suffering as a result from ignorance and disrescept are "fight worthy".
The art of keeping a horse between YOU and the GROUND!