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Tennessee 09-12-2009 07:02 PM

New Mini...need some quick advice
 
We recently got a new miniature for my young cousin to learn to ride on. This mini is not broke, but she is about four/five years old, so she has potential. My question is, can someone my size train her to ride? I am about 100lbs and about five foot four. I rode her around today bareback and she seemed fine, but the second we slapped a saddle on her she showed her un-brokeness.

Basically, someone needs to train her before my three year old cousin is even allowed near her, let alone be on her in leadline. I am the smallest person that has the capablility of breaking her.

I took some pictures of me riding her bareback to judge our size. Yeah...excuse my strange faces. I was soooo trying not to fall off of her. lol.

http://i30.tinypic.com/9k9gea.jpghttp://i28.tinypic.com/2hscbyp.jpg

PS - I blurred my shirt so you can't see my school name and logo. lol.


Also, what is an appropriate amount to feed her? I am guessing that we will work her actively everyday. Not riding her(I don't wanna kill her), but we will start her off with some nice groundwork.

1dog3cats17rodents 09-12-2009 07:05 PM

You are WAY, WAY, WAY too big for a mini. A small pony yes, a mini no. Nobody over 70lbs should ride a mini and that is pushing it

1dog3cats17rodents 09-12-2009 07:08 PM

Here, take a look at this http://www.horseforum.com/horse-vide...ng-mini-31904/

This should give you an idea of why you should NOT ride a mini, and ways to break her for a kid without actually riding her

themacpack 09-12-2009 07:09 PM

I agree completely with the above!!
Horses should, optimally, carry no more than 20% of their own weight -- meaning that your mini would need to way at least 500 pounds to be carrying you - and there is no way the horse pictured above is near that size.
Minis aren't, imo, really suited for riding because their small size makes them suitable only for the very smallest of children. A pony is a much better option as they are larger and better suited for carrying weight. Minis are more suited to pulling than riding.

Tennessee 09-12-2009 07:14 PM

The only time I would be on her is to break her enough for my cousin to be led around on her. I've always heard of adults breaking miniatures, because God knows a three year old can't do it.

And I understand that this topic can be kind of controversal, because some people get SOOO torn up about it. But which would you rather have? Me riding her for a few times to settle her down? Or her taking off without my three year old cousin, potentially killing him? That's what I thought.

Tennessee 09-12-2009 07:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by themacpack (Post 401944)
I agree completely with the above!!
Horses should, optimally, carry no more than 20% of their own weight -- meaning that your mini would need to way at least 500 pounds to be carrying you - and there is no way the horse pictured above is near that size.
Minis aren't, imo, really suited for riding because their small size makes them suitable only for the very smallest of children. A pony is a much better option as they are larger and better suited for carrying weight. Minis are more suited to pulling than riding.

Ponies are stubborn bitches. That is why we bought a mini. =]

1dog3cats17rodents 09-12-2009 07:20 PM

That's ridiculous, do you think kids all learn on mini's or horses? Half the animals in our barn are ponies and they are all great tempered. A mini can not support your weight comfortably. If you don't have a kid good enough to break the mini, you can read through the link I posted, there are excellent suggestion on breaking mini's without riding. You can have someone lead the pony while you lean over it putting *some* weight on it. Or you can get an adult with legs long enough to straddle the pony and still walk

Tennessee 09-12-2009 07:22 PM

I am not putting my newbie cousin on a pony. End of discussion about that. I and many others I know have had too many bad experiences with them dumbass ponies.

And I am reading through that post now.

Tennessee 09-12-2009 07:35 PM

Ok, I have been reading through the thread. I am thinking that our mini is a mini cross. We measured her earlier and she is 11h(41 inch I think).

That post was very nice, and I liked the idea of adding small, but weighty sandbags on the saddle to get used to her having weight on her. My only concern is when my cousin gets to be around 5/6 and he is actually starting to "steer" her, and how well/not well she will take to that.

1dog3cats17rodents 09-12-2009 07:41 PM

You can start off leading your cousin and telling her how to steer by having her pull the rein, then leading the mare in the direction you want to go. By the time she's ready to go by herself, I would bet the mare would understand.

You can also ground drive her, or even just attach two lead ropes and steer that way


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