Originally Posted by Endiku
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.