We have a mini at our barn that carries around Small children. They don't really "ride" him per se.. because they are that young to not be able to handle it.. but they (adults) will lead them (kids) around on him.
No. Miniature horses were bred to pull or be companions. There back simply, is not built to carry excessive weight.
I have to second that.
Ponies are rideable, Miniature horses are not.
Miniatures are built specifically for driving.
I know that some people do let small children on them, but like Tasia said, their back/spine is just not made for that....why take the risk of causing permanent damage.
I think it depends on the Mini and the rider. I have a sister who only weighs 40 pounds, and our mini is built more like a pony than a regular mini. He is very stocky and strong. I'm not worried about her hurting him.
I wouldn't put anything heavier than a tiny child on a mini. I'm a big advocate for the 20% rule, and in my book, it applies to all equines.
That's one of my biggest pet peeves- teens and adults riding minis and small ponies, and especially when they think it's cute. It's not cute or funny and they only succeed in making a$$es of themselves.
I live near a mini breeding farm, and they are NOTHING like this little guy. (He's cute!) Their largest mini (adult) will weigh no more than 150 lbs. And in no way do they allow or recommend anyone riding them. Companions (mainly) and light pulling (tiny carts). They call them mini-mowers!!