Originally Posted by badgerface
This isn't quite exactly about trail riding, but I'm guessing that it is close enough? C:
Anyhow, I was thinking of purchasing a miniature horse (if I can find the certain fellow I've been looking for), and I was wondering if hiking a trail with a mini in tow would be fine?
Is there anything I should be aware of as far as dogs, people, large horses, and such go? Also, would a regular halter and maybe a very small set of carrying bags on the mini might work?
I'm sure it could probably be made to work as long as the packs are fitted correctly and the horse is in condition with good enough conformation and feet to do the work.
I'd be cautious, depending on where you plan on hiking, if there are a lot of steep rocky hills or things like that. A horse - even a small one, not carrying a rider - may have more difficulty navigating that kind of terrain.
Just out of curiousity, is there any reason why you're opting for a miniature horse as a pack animal instead of something like a llama or alpaca? Or a burro? They're known for being great pack animals as well.