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post #11 of 38 Old 09-12-2009, 07:42 PM
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A mini should never be ridden by an adult. Our mini that we just purchased was "Broke to ride" and do you know who broke her to ride? A 180 lb man. He even demonstrated for us when we went to see her and she buckled under his weight. They are not physically built for somebody to ride. They are driving animals, not riding animals. You should invest in a pony. Oh and here is a pic of sarah and her bad back because of "pleasure riding" from that man and his children, now she's scared to death of kids and men. You notice she is butt high from being broken in and rode by large children. A mini should never be broken in.. and if you continue to ride yours and your cousin as well.. yours will look like her eventually too.

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A mini should never be ridden by an adult. Our mini that we just purchased was "Broke to ride" and do you know who broke her to ride? A 180 lb man. He even demonstrated for us when we went to see her and she buckled under his weight. They are not physically built for somebody to ride. They are driving animals, not riding animals. You should invest in a pony. Oh and here is a pic of sarah and her bad back because of "pleasure riding" from that man and his children, now she's scared to death of kids and men. You notice she is butt high from being broken in and rode by large children. A mini should never be broken in.. and if you continue to ride yours and your cousin as well.. yours will look like her eventually too.


My THREE year old cousin who weighs about 35/40lbs? Yeah. I don't think he can do that much damage.

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Im just saying.. I would invest in something larger, rather then a mini. There are plenty of horse breeds that come in small sizes. Halflingers are great, some qh come small 13.0 hands and up, even gaited breeds like twh's and rockies come in small sizes around 13-14 hands. Quarter Ponies are good. They are small. Welsh Ponies are pretty much small horses and are great with children. Icelandics too.
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I'm curious as to why you bought an un-broke 4yr old mini for a toddler..

"If you can't see a thoroughbred has talent, you're probably too dumb to ride one anyway."
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I'm curious as to why you bought an un-broke 4yr old mini for a toddler..
That, as they say, is the million dollar question, huh?
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Im just saying.. I would invest in something larger, rather then a mini. There are plenty of horse breeds that come in small sizes. Halflingers are great, some qh come small 13.0 hands and up, even gaited breeds like twh's and rockies come in small sizes around 13-14 hands. Quarter Ponies are good. They are small. Welsh Ponies are pretty much small horses and are great with children. Icelandics too.
Don't forget the good ol' mutt pony
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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 bitching, 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?

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HEY HEY HEY!!!! this thread is already ending up like the last one!!!!!!!!!!!!!! enough is enough. she is asking for advice not your snippy critcizim!!!! everyone needs to LAY OFF!!! how do you expect a 3 yr old to understand ground rules!!!!??? hmm???? second id rather see a girl ride or sand bags(great idea) then see a 3 yr old get hurt, killed, or permently disabled!!!! what would you rather see??
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HEY HEY HEY!!!! this thread is already ending up like the last one!!!!!!!!!!!!!! enough is enough. she is asking for advice not your snippy critcizim!!!! everyone needs to LAY OFF!!! how do you expect a 3 yr old to understand ground rules!!!!??? hmm???? second id rather see a girl ride or sand bags(great idea) then see a 3 yr old get hurt, killed, or permently disabled!!!! what would you rather see??
I would rather see her get a small pony that is built to carry a person's weight more naturally.
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lol. I would have never even thought about getting on her if I knew it was THAT bad. I'm sorry.

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