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post #91 of 98 Old 07-30-2009, 07:45 PM
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Not sure how much Mini Babe is actually, she may have some shetland, but I think she is a lot of the stouter more pony type of mini. I know she's registered (not AMHR) but I don't know much more about her except for she and her 6 year old are about the cutest thing to watch. In the world.
My trainer actually breeds minis for riding (for small children) and driving, and they're all of her build, some even a bit more ponyish, and she even had one full shetland for a while. They're taller and stalkier, but still do well inhand and you can ride them as well. I'm not really a huge fan of the super refined type.
Minis get ridden a lot in my area, but you never see the refined arab typey show mini getting ridden, even by very small children. I don't really think they should either, they're very delicate looking, I feel like their little twig legs would snap in two!
Anyway my view on miniatures and riding is always a case by case scenerio, and I have no issue on the more pony esque types like Babe being ridden by 6 year olds, and even briefly by lighter teenagers/adults for breaking and more advanced training.
I like your rule of thumb, but I have 2 friends that are the tall lanky type of girl (you probably know the type) and weigh like 90lbs but are like 5'7" and taller. One could reach out and touch the ears of her 14h project pony without leaning forward. He had a very large barrel so her legs didn't come off, or else jumping might've been interesting. I would prefer either of them riding them than me, even though I'm 5'1". I'm stockier, and I weigh more. So sometimes its better to just use good judgement on the mini/pony in question.
Good point! Haha, yeah, Shay-la is about 5'10" and 120lbs sopping wet, and it's pretty cute watching her school Justus who is a 14.1hh Welsh pony cross.

I just find regardless of weight, if you're so tall for a Mini that you're having to pick your feet up, you're immediately unbalanced and putting a lot of unneccesary strain on the animal. I've seen it in every video so far. A lot of the girls look VERY light, but the minute they pull their feet up, they're removing any chance they had of a proper training session anyway just from fighting to stay on so bad (which is just horrible for their spines).

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post #92 of 98 Old 07-31-2009, 01:43 AM
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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".

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Nicely said ^^
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Agreed 100%!!

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I found this video on YouTube, it made me sick.. I flaged it for animal abuse >.<

YouTube - Ethan's pony-May 5, 2002 @ 4 pm.mov

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I found this video on YouTube, it made me sick.. I flaged it for animal abuse >.<

YouTube - Ethan's pony-May 5, 2002 @ 4 pm.mov
That poor mini!!! That makes me SO mad, I'm glad you flagged it! How could you do that and think it's alright?! That guy was HUGE compared to the poor thing....GEEZ I would never get on a mini and I only weigh 110 lbs!

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I think that's why I get so annoyed at these videos. I like to think most people are intelligent creatures with common sense, but it seems to be a cold hard fact that half of us don't have the brains God gave a rock. People see this stuff and they actually believe it's ok. I can't count how many times I've heard the excuse of "Well, someone else does it and nothing bad ever happened!" :roll:

I hate how people think animal abuse only comes in the form of hitting and neglect.

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post #98 of 98 Old 08-03-2009, 12:50 PM
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Yeah I mean the video was kinda blurry but you could still see the distress on that poor mini's face when that big guy sits on him! Ugh, it just makes me want to back my 950-lb mare up onto his back and see how HE likes having something much too big for him sitting on his back and making him trot!!

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