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TheAQHAGirl 11-22-2012 08:17 PM

Starting a Miniature under saddle?
I've been questioning this for some while now.

I know how to start horses, etc. but with a mini, I have no idea what to do with a person.

Its not like I could jump on a little mini and say 'giddy up' or I would put a little kid on a green mini, if you know what I mean.

So for all of you Mini owners, who started their own mini could you tell me what you did for the horse weight wise? Did you have a kid jump on when the horse was ready or did you do something else?

BarrelracingArabian 11-22-2012 08:19 PM

Minis are not meant to be ridden, drive yes, ride no.
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Britt 11-22-2012 08:49 PM

I would guess you could use a sack of flour or sugar on the saddle (strap it down and let it flop, like a kid would). most Mini's are driven, but a lot are trained to ride.

rookie 11-22-2012 08:51 PM

I am in the same mind set as the poster above. Unless you are dealing with an oversized mini (more like a pony). In which case, a small child would be the only possible passenger. In which case, its a head scratcher. You can't safely throw a child onto an unbroken pony. My guess would involve ground driving and putting a sand bag on the saddle to mimic weight.

BarrelracingArabian 11-22-2012 09:00 PM

I would only feel comfortable training mini to ride if it were the stature of rbarlos shetlands. The minis o see now a days just don't appear to be a smart choice to train to ride. Just a personal preference.
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TheAQHAGirl 11-22-2012 10:11 PM

I know that a Mini isn't exactly bred to be ridden, but if it is ridden it is ridden by a small child.

I have 2 friends who own miniatures and both are finished when it comes to riding and they let their 3-4 year old nieces ride them around. We all pondered at the thought about starting one.

kay56649 11-23-2012 01:57 AM

They can be ridden by small children, without any problems. I suggest getting the horse used to wearing the saddle first, then for the bridle, just walk next to them, and neck rein/draw rein, or however you want them to be trained. Next, push down a little in the stirrups on both sides, then add the weight of a small child on the saddle and walk them around. If you do this enough, by the time you put a child on them, they will be pretty much used to it. Also, practice touching their sides where the feet of the child would touch. I trained by mini donkey to ride, and finished my mini mare to ride and trained her to drive. I am now giving pony rides on her and she is just a dream. Good luck, and let us know your progress

AceIsHigh 11-23-2012 06:48 PM

im small (101 lbs) ive had peolpe ask me to break minis for them

i go bareback ( my weight is pushing it, no way i add weight of a saddle) i line drive them first , once they steer i lean on them, once theyre ok with that i get on... the fiesty one will buck and spin a little but i stay on ,they calm down once they figure out i wont come off

Joe4d 11-23-2012 07:41 PM

throw the kids on there, their bones are still flexible and heal fast. cant be any worse than putting them on a bicycle. Ever watched Mutton bustin ?

AceIsHigh 11-23-2012 07:57 PM


Originally Posted by Joe4d (Post 1769587)
throw the kids on there, their bones are still flexible and heal fast. cant be any worse than putting them on a bicycle. Ever watched Mutton bustin ?

people may disagree but thats kinda what i believe...once they learn you wont come off they dont act up

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