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 :)