Ground Covered By A Driving Mini?

       The Horse Forum > Horse Breeds, Breeding, and Genetics > Horse Breeds > Miniature Horses

Ground Covered By A Driving Mini?

This is a discussion on Ground Covered By A Driving Mini? within the Miniature Horses forums, part of the Horse Breeds category
  • Buckeroo bloodlines in mini horses and locking stifles
  • Mini horse endurance driving

LinkBack Thread Tools
    05-10-2012, 07:53 AM
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?
Sponsored Links
    05-11-2012, 09:28 AM
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?
    05-11-2012, 10:40 PM
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.
    05-16-2012, 07:55 PM
Teen Forum Moderator
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 ;)
    07-04-2012, 09:42 AM
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.
Hanni and her cart>

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
ground driving?? kait18 Horse Training 3 01-26-2012 10:45 AM
ground driving a mini ARTEMISBLOSSOM Miniature Horses 4 11-09-2011 10:20 AM
Ground driving? Wallaby Horse Training 3 11-12-2009 10:41 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:15 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0