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post #11 of 56 Old 05-19-2011, 06:24 PM
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Maybe in the minority here but don't believe mini's should ever be ridden. I don't believe there are built for it. Teach them to drive :)
that kid was way too big for that poor little pony.
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that kid was way too big for that poor little pony.
Are you kidding, please tell me you are kidding...? I've seen full grown adults ride minis so to see a kid on a mini is nothing to cringe about. The mini clearly looks SO disturbed too...

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I wasn't worried so much by his size as the fact that he was walking down an open trail, loose, and backwards. What would have happened if something had spooked the mini, out in the open like that? "Around the World" is something that should only be done somewhere safe, like an arena, or with someone controlling the pony in case something goes wrong. They are very cute in this video, but it is way too risky, IMO.

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The mini is obviously used to him doing that, and the boy was in a helmet. I don't see a problem. What could of happened? The kid gets dumped? That can happen anytime. Guys, she did NOT ask for critique. She was just showing her adorable little boy perform something that even I have problems with at times!

And chrumbeque- the therapy program that I work at uses miniature horses for children 50 pounds and under, and those ponies have no problem carrying kids at a walk and trot for short periods of time 1-2 days a week. That little boy can't be more than 50 pounds. He's 5 years old! And the pony looks well fitted with his tack and very sturdy...I really don't see what it will hurt for them to go trailriding.

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The mini is obviously used to him doing that, and the boy was in a helmet. I don't see a problem. What could of happened? The kid gets dumped? That can happen anytime. Guys, she did NOT ask for critique. She was just showing her adorable little boy perform something that even I have problems with at times!

And chrumbeque- the therapy program that I work at uses miniature horses for children 50 pounds and under, and those ponies have no problem carrying kids at a walk and trot for short periods of time 1-2 days a week. That little boy can't be more than 50 pounds. He's 5 years old! And the pony looks well fitted with his tack and very sturdy...I really don't see what it will hurt for them to go trailriding.
If the pony spooked the kid is so close to the ground he could just step off. The key to what you said above is riding for short periods of time. To me would mean 20 minutes??? I doubt of a trail ride is for a short period of time with adults. He just looks too big to me regardless of his weight. If he is that confident of a rider it is time to move up anyway.
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Just looked at the video again, you let your kid go riding barefoot????
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haha I loved it!

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Churumbeque - lighten up ... are you just looking for some way to complain? Just enjoy the video but if you need to criticize, start another thread. If there was something truly dangerous going on, that's one thing but not the nitpicking things you are harping about; besides, here is certainly a nicer way of pointing out some things that could be done differently.

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I ride barefoot all of the time. Is it smart? Maybe not. But lots of people do it. And you're starting to confuse me here. Whats the big deal if he can just slide off of the pony if it acts up? The mini can't be bigger than 10hh. And height isn't everything when it comes to what you can ride. True, you look funny if you're this tall 5'10 person on a 14hh pony, but if you're the right weight...it doesn't seem like it should matter.

Ideally, yes. 20-30 minutes is a 'short' ride. But going at a walk down the trails isn't exactly a lot of work for the pony, and its got to be better for it than being a pasture puff, eating itself to death. Sure, the little boy should move to a bigger pony soon, but for now I really doubt he's going to kill the horse by walking it down the trails.

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that's so adorable! Quit the talent lol I hope my future kid is just as adorable and horse loveing as yours!!
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