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post #21 of 38 Old 11-25-2009, 09:10 PM
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Not very big. Kids up to 8yo have ridden the shetland at our place - my friend Sam who is about 65kg actually rode her once. They are strong little things.

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post #22 of 38 Old 11-25-2009, 09:10 PM
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Meh, I'm not a fan of minis, they can't do much in my mind besides drive, otherwise you might as well get a dog for the money you're going to spend, but more power to those who love and enjoy them.
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post #23 of 38 Old 11-30-2009, 07:43 PM
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How big would the mini have to be, to be ridden by a very small child -- 2 year old?

The same as any other horse. I would wait until they're bodies are matured at 3 year old before training them to ride, drive or jump. However if you want to put very small children on them as with any horse the brain is more "aged" around 5 years old. They ARE horses... Just smaller. Everything is very much the same with them, handling, care, age of maturity etc.

As for 50 pound kids on 250 pound minis... To each there own opinion but my opinion is they're not really meant for riding. A child that's small enough is often to young to ride on there own, and minis move quick, choppy and bouncy so though they're cute they're not ideal as riding horses for little people. General rule of thumb for HORSES who are meant to carry the weight of a rider is 20% of there body weight, your average 1,000 pound horse carrying a 200 pound load rider + tack, Correct?
IF the same were to say of Miniature Horses a 250 pound mini could carry 50 pounds but I wouldn't ask a 32" tall horse to carry more than 30 pounds.... Just my opinion :)
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post #24 of 38 Old 12-01-2009, 09:39 PM
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We hope to have some kids soon and have talked about getting something smaller for them to ride (someday). The problem with riding a mini, even for a very small child, is that no adult can ride them to train them. We figured a smaller pony - 12 hands or something like that - could handle me or my husband (we're both small), but be less intimidating for a kid. I wouldn't want to put a kid on a horse that I couldn't ride and test out myself first.

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post #25 of 38 Old 12-04-2009, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
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We hope to have some kids soon and have talked about getting something smaller for them to ride (someday). The problem with riding a mini, even for a very small child, is that no adult can ride them to train them. We figured a smaller pony - 12 hands or something like that - could handle me or my husband (we're both small), but be less intimidating for a kid. I wouldn't want to put a kid on a horse that I couldn't ride and test out myself first.
Agree, I found out they have put a little kid on his back no saddle or anything and just lead the kid around. I would lead Merlin around :)

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post #26 of 38 Old 12-06-2009, 01:31 PM
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Classes

You can do a tonne with minis. There are horsemanship classes, driving, jumping, confo, obstable classes and the list goes on and on.

This link below will give you an idea of what's available in the states in some of the shows.
World Class Miniature Horse Registry, Inc.* full-service miniature horse:registry (540) 890-0856
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post #27 of 38 Old 12-11-2009, 02:24 PM
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Minis are very versatile but are their own unique animal, and definatley arent for everyone :) Minis, like other horses, should only be bred if they have a career in front of them, not just a toy to be tossed away when the player gets bored. I show my minis in different American Driving Society events and do all sorts of combined driving and obstacle work. WE also do halter and conformation classes, showmanship, drill teams, educational work and more! They are also great for teaching special tricks to, my black and white mini does hospital visits and everyone loves the little horse.
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post #28 of 38 Old 12-13-2009, 02:17 AM
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^ Love his black "moustache" ;)
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post #29 of 38 Old 12-13-2009, 04:52 AM
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You've gotten some great advice, just thought I would let you guys know on Maddie's behalf *as I think she is competing* that both the mini's have left today.
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post #30 of 38 Old 12-13-2009, 06:04 AM Thread Starter
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Yes they did, I didn't get to say good-bye eaither. I just came back to a lonely horsie.

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