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    03-02-2010, 02:05 AM
Riding my mini?

First off, I am in general against riding minis and have advised people not to do this. But, I am wondering if it wold be good for my boy. Now, I have done my research before and realize that typicly it is not good for their backs and is not advised, especially if you are over 70 lbs so if ya'll say it's not good, then I won't. THe reason I am intrested in this is because I beleive it would be good for him. I want him to be comforatable in all sorts of situations and doing all different things. THat is part of the reason I got him into jumping. I beleive it would also be good excersise for him. He is somewhere around 9.2-10.2 hh and I am less than 100lbs. He is a very hefty boy and this would help him lose some weight and gain some muscle. I would not do this on a regular basis eighter, just 1-2 times a month for short periods of time and only at a walk, most likely no trotting unless I feel he can handle it and that no more than once a month. I sat on him last weekend just to see how he would take it and he showed no signs of discomfort, just annoyance. I would like to see this go away and he be happy to do whatever I ask of him(fat chance, LOL!). So what do you all think, is this safe?
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    03-02-2010, 02:48 AM
Oh and here's a picture of him if that will ya'll help any :). And it would be bareback with just his halter and problably somebabdy leading him, alteast to start off. He has been ridden before by the people I bought him from so he is broke to ride.
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    03-02-2010, 02:56 AM
I wouldn't do it. If you want to give him some exercise break him to drive and let him pull a cart.
    03-02-2010, 02:57 AM
What Kevinshorses said.

They're not bred to be ridden, and it's still too much weight on his back.

just 1-2 times a month for short periods of time and only at a walk, most likely no trotting unless I feel he can handle it and that no more than once a month.
Once or twice a month isn't sufficient work for any horse, and it won't help him.

    03-02-2010, 02:59 AM
Okay, thanks. He is getting pretty good at jumping and I would love to teach him to drive but can't get a cart :(
    03-02-2010, 03:01 AM
Use the summer to get the basics down, and you have snow - and sleds are cheap. It's really not that difficult to rig a sled up. I had a miniature who pulled hay out to the other barn all winter long. Wasn't much, but it gave him something to do!
    03-02-2010, 03:04 AM
Could I hook something like that just up to his halter?
    03-02-2010, 03:09 AM
No! You'd need a harness. You should be able to get a nylon one pretty reasonably. Try ebay.
    03-02-2010, 03:20 AM
I mean like to pull a sled and ground drive(I think that's the term), not anything he's really pulling. For hay bales and stuff like that I'd get a harness though. Would that work?
    03-02-2010, 04:09 AM
To pull anything at all, I'd get a harness..
Just doing a quick search I found this one for only $129 at country supply
Tough 1 Basic Nylon Driving Harness - Horse.com
Quite possibly there could be some for even lower, too.

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