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.
You are right, I do completely agree that it was risky in the fact that if Dutch, our mini, would've spooked my son most definitely would have fallen off if he was in the middle of spinning. But as that saddle is lower than our playground, tree house, play house, deck, top of my son's bunkbed at his Grammy's house (for that matter about the equal with the height of his regular bed), the barstools we have in the kitchen, the tailgate on our truck, and he has jumped/rolled/fallen/slipped off ALL of those at one point or another (without a helmet on) I wasn't incredibly terrified :) And now I'm sure that you will inform me that my son could've gotten stepped on, trampled, dragged, maimed, etc etc after falling off, and in that I completely agree as well. But I have no arguements for that - that could've happened in the arena in a controlled environment as well :) That could also happen sitting carefully, eyes forward, heels down, elbows in, with me heading Dutch.. :) I do thank you for your concern
Thank you for watching, and I agree - they are TOO cute :)))