I'm curious as to why you bought an un-broke 4yr old mini for a toddler..
Because of the fact that breeders think their "broke" minis are worth $7000.
And I am willing to take whatever time it needs to make this mare safe for my cousin. If she is not capable to be ridden, then we will simply let her out in the pasture with my retired gelding.
And, we saved her from going to a kill auction. That is really the MAIN reason she was bought, but I figured that with a little work and effort my cousin could ride her.
I'm new to minis. I don't know everything about horses. I'm only fifteen. So, instead of just saying stuff like:
"You are going to hurt her back!" and all of that nonsense, how about giving me different ways to make her safe. My cousin is under 70lbs. I read the AMHA website. I now realize that me riding her today was not safe. But instead of complaining, how about giving me advice so that I can actually learn something instead of leaving this site mad.
I read up on a sandbag idea. Placing the saddle on the minis back, and adding small sand bags(10-15lbs) or so on the saddle to get her used to a little weight. Does that sound plausable?