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post #41 of 56 Old 05-22-2011, 01:04 PM
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I was nervous at first, but she is also on a competitive gymnastics team and has balance most adults would be jealous of. She has been walking on her hands since 3, I don't know if I could even do a hand stand lol! I am certain she will be out riding me by the time she's 10!

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post #42 of 56 Old 05-22-2011, 05:55 PM
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TjWr, I commend you for taking it all in stride and not taking offense ^^ we have quite a few nasty people who enjoy stuffing their faces where they aren't wanted and making even a rainbow seem evil ;) it used to be a fun, family friendly forum, but unfortunately we are past those days. Just take what you can from what you're offered, and discard all of the rude remarks. And welcome to the forum! =]

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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.
Welcome to the forum! Yeah, critique is always there even when not asked for. However you did a great job handling it.

I think they both are very cute (although I do agree with barefoot comments: it's very painful when my horse steps on my foot with boot on even). I don't know if mini can be ridden by little kid or not (as I never researched that so no input on either side), but the horse doesn't look unhappy or tired. And those driving pics are way too cute. I wish I'd know how to drive too!

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The best part being, if you'd put him on a full size QH, the same people would be screaming you were "overhorsing" him! Oh dear, you never can win, ESPECIALLY on forums!

Absolutely adorable vid, and great pony. They're so hard to find good ones, and I really do think it's good for kids to be on small horses so they DON'T have as much danger.

I have never heard of any supporting evidence whatsoever that Mini's can't be ridden by small children. I know plenty who've never had any ill effects from it, heck I've known Mini's who have people WAY too big ride them regularly and never have had any ill effects from it!

Thanks for sharing, welcome to the forum and I hope to see LOTS more pics of "little brother" and Dutch!

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The best part being, if you'd put him on a full size QH, the same people would be screaming you were "overhorsing" him! Oh dear, you never can win, ESPECIALLY on forums!

Absolutely adorable vid, and great pony. They're so hard to find good ones, and I really do think it's good for kids to be on small horses so they DON'T have as much danger.

I have never heard of any supporting evidence whatsoever that Mini's can't be ridden by small children. I know plenty who've never had any ill effects from it, heck I've known Mini's who have people WAY too big ride them regularly and never have had any ill effects from it!

Thanks for sharing, welcome to the forum and I hope to see LOTS more pics of "little brother" and Dutch!

Thank you for the welcome & kind words Macabre! :)

Yesterday we got the poles out, and my littleist man, Wyatt, practiced steering in the roundpen. Dutch is the sweetest little guy. When either of my sons come to get him yelling "DUTTTCHHH" one with his halter dangling upside down, one holding the leadrope, he still comes running to meet them and tries to "help" the boys put his halter on correctly. Dutch stands perfectly still, wiggle his nose into the hole and put his head as far down as he can so the boys can reach :) Me, personally, I take that as a sign that he enjoys being with my two boys, and that's about all I can ask for! :)
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Thanks for not taking offense to my post, I just don't believe mini's should be ridden, but.... We have two mini's that need to learn to drive yet, want to send your son over to teach them :)
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Welcome to the forum! Yeah, critique is always there even when not asked for. However you did a great job handling it.

I think they both are very cute (although I do agree with barefoot comments: it's very painful when my horse steps on my foot with boot on even). I don't know if mini can be ridden by little kid or not (as I never researched that so no input on either side), but the horse doesn't look unhappy or tired. And those driving pics are way too cute. I wish I'd know how to drive too!
Thanks for the welcome kitten_Val :) I agree with the barefoot concern as well, honestly I wasn't concerned with the barefeet when I posted it. All I see is my young rider and his best pal making a good team I've seen the video a million times and the barefeet never sunk in as the biggest shocker :)

I would not be able to watch a video of my son riding my mare doing an around the world right now, my heart would be in my throat as I would be concerned with everything everyone posted here::: the safety if she spooked. That fear is there when I watch my son on the mini, as there is a fear every day of every moment for your children. I honestly didn't, and still don't think, my child was in any danger. But I can see how people watching the video, not knowing my son, the environment, the mini, the history, would feel exactly how I would if I thought a child was in danger. So I can't really take offense :)

And I have never researched any concerns about riding minis either.... we get catalogues/emails/whole stores devoted to riding & driving tack for miniature horses.... It never occured to me that it was something that could be harmful, my 40lb son riding a stout little booger like Dutch

And it's never to late to learn to drive :)) I like to take my husband with me in the cart, as he is NOT a horse person, and the cart appeals to his "things with wheels" side, just missing "things with motors"

Thanks for the welcome :)
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Thanks for not taking offense to my post, I just don't believe mini's should be ridden, but.... We have two mini's that need to learn to drive yet, want to send your son over to teach them :)
He would LOVE to :) Do I have to pay babysitting charges?

My two sons, they are as different as night and day, I always joke that when they grow up the oldest one is going to be "Horse Whisperer" and my youngest the "Horse Wrangler". What one can't break the other will. LOL

My oldest has wanted to be a Veterinarian since he could say "Vet", and he loves on anything that has /hooves/fur/wings/claws/scales, and he seems to gain the trust of any and all animals as well. I would say when he gets older, he would be able to teach anything if he gets the inclination and gains the skills.

My youngest on the other hand..... you have a wild beast that needs to be bucked out? I'll send my 2 year old over
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I was nervous at first, but she is also on a competitive gymnastics team and has balance most adults would be jealous of. She has been walking on her hands since 3, I don't know if I could even do a hand stand lol! I am certain she will be out riding me by the time she's 10!

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She'll probably make an excellent trick rider if she ever wanted to! My cousin competed in gymnastics and rode horses since she was little, and ended up being the princess in the Arabian Nights show (and did a little trick riding when she wasn't playing the princess) and only worked a couple nights a week, paid her way through college no problem :)
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LOL obviously you enjoy the critiquing part :)
I hate to type so I tend to make my post really short and not sugar coated.
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