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post #1 of 5 Old 05-10-2012, 07:53 AM Thread Starter
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Ground Covered By A Driving Mini?

I have always been quite interested in getting a miniature horse, and undoubtedly in teaching it to drive. But I had the thought, how far can they go? We have a 20 year old Morgan mare who can get us places in a decent amount of time if we need to get somewhere. While our main objective usually isn't going somewhere, as we generally just drive around for the enjoyment of it, I'd still love to know how far they can go.

I am pretty much talking how far a well broke, in shape mini could go. Do they have a lot of endurance? I am quite aware that their stride is much shorter than a regular horse, but could they still keep up without getting to tired? I live out in the country, and I'm more talking about trips that are a couple miles [one to five is what we usually do], not going to town, which would be about fifteen. That'd be a little too much.

Thanks for the help! One more question, what do you look for in a driving mini?
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post #2 of 5 Old 05-11-2012, 09:28 AM
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I think it depends on the horse itself. If you did want to go a few miles I would guess that you should be looking for a larger mini, like something in the 35-40 inch range. Do you want it to be registered?
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post #3 of 5 Old 05-11-2012, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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I really wouldn't mind whether it is registered or not. Just a sound and well rounded mini would be good with me. I'd actually prefer a larger mini, I feel like it would integrate into our herd a bit better than a really small one. But getting a mini is just a thought, not really a go out and buy one tomorrow sort of deal.
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post #4 of 5 Old 05-16-2012, 07:55 PM
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hmmm. Well I can't really tell you in miles exactly how far one can go, as I don't generally drive on the road or anything- but I can tell you this.

We have an approximately (I havent measured him myself, I'm guessing) 41-42" tall Shetland pony gelding who is a seasoned, well conditioned driving and riding pony, and we use him twice a week in October for our annual fundraiser to pull the cart, and he can easily carry two people at a slow trot with small breaks between each 'rider' for the 5-6 hours that we're open.

Our seasoned mini who is about 34", however, has less of a tolerance and will only work for about 2-3 hours without starting to get upset. Both are in the same condition physically, but have different 'work ethics' if you will ;)

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post #5 of 5 Old 07-04-2012, 09:42 AM
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I've been driving my 30'' mini on the discontinued trail that starts by our house.
It goes for miles in a big loop and is extremely hilly and rocky, so we do mostly walking with trotting on smoother places.
My cart has no springs so I really have to look out for rocks.
We usually go for about an hour and a half to two hours, not sure of the miles.
My mini has locking stifles so I give her quite a bit of exercise/trotting a day with cart rides a few times a week. The hills are really good for building muscle.
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