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        05-22-2011, 10:21 AM
      #21
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by WickedNag    
    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 :)
    My son also drives him :) My mom adopted the mini for my son when he was 3 years old, and sadly he has outgrown him. This video was one of the last times he "formally" rode him, this past Spring. He is "training" Dutch (the mini :) for my younger son now, and my older son, Trace, just has so much pride and love for what he has "taught" his mini so he'll be ready for his little brother. They both love him a huge pet, with the benefits of learning how to move around horses :)
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        05-22-2011, 10:22 AM
      #22
    Foal
    Thanks! My mom trained him, through my son :) My son takes all the credit though :))
         
        05-22-2011, 10:27 AM
      #23
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by churumbeque    
    that kid was way too big for that poor little pony.

    Thanks for watching :)
         
        05-22-2011, 10:34 AM
      #24
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by apachiedragon    
    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 :)))
         
        05-22-2011, 10:37 AM
      #25
    Weanling
    I think minis are great for the little ones. I sold my mini gelding to my vet for her 4yr old boy. He liked the big horses but would get frightened when trying to ride with mom. I knew my gelding would be a perfect fit so they took him for a month trial and adore him. The little boy started out grooming and leading him around and now is actually riding him. He loves his horse. In a couple years when he outgrows the mini his little sister will be ready to learn. They are also considering breaking him to cart for the later years when everybody is grown.

    You boy is adorable and I'm sure loves riding his "horse" all over the place.
         
        05-22-2011, 10:37 AM
      #26
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    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.
    Thank you, Endiku :)
    I just joined, and I did think this was a fun, friendly forum but I now realize anything I plan on posting, I need to be prepared for any and all sorts of critiques.
         
        05-22-2011, 10:41 AM
      #27
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    Originally Posted by Crossover    
    I think minis are great for the little ones. I sold my mini gelding to my vet for her 4yr old boy. He liked the big horses but would get frightened when trying to ride with mom. I knew my gelding would be a perfect fit so they took him for a month trial and adore him. The little boy started out grooming and leading him around and now is actually riding him. He loves his horse. In a couple years when he outgrows the mini his little sister will be ready to learn. They are also considering breaking him to cart for the later years when everybody is grown.

    You boy is adorable and I'm sure loves riding his "horse" all over the place.
    Thanks Crossover :) I agree that minis are a great place to learn, so close to the ground and all :)

    My son has "given" Dutch to his little brother, but still helps "train" him. Dutch was an incredibly confidence booster for Trace (my son in the video) and for riders to have confidence is priceless :)

    And in our experience, my two boys have LOVED driving Dutch, even when they have the option to ride. They like packing all their tools, toys, trucks, in the surrey and "going on a mission" together somewhere :)
         
        05-22-2011, 10:44 AM
      #28
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by churumbeque    
    Just looked at the video again, you let your kid go riding barefoot????
    hahaha unfortunately that time yes, I had his boots tied to my saddle for the time being :) He now has a nice pair of tie justins after this ride out back, his slip on cowboy boots were way too easily "slip off" as well! Lol
         
        05-22-2011, 10:46 AM
      #29
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by AngieLee    
    Thats so adorable! Quit the talent lol I hope my future kid is just as adorable and horse loveing as yours!!
    Thanks AngieLee, I'm sure they will be! It's about impossible to NOT love a horse, right :)))
         
        05-22-2011, 10:51 AM
      #30
    Foal
    I just has to share these : Trace & Dutch won First Place Best Costume for their "Army Guy" costume :) That Trace came up with and designed about all on his own!
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