Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
I'm in the 'don't ride minis' bandwagon, so that one is off of my list personally, but yes you can drive them and there are plenty of things like in-hand trail, in-hand hunter, etc., that you can do with them. After a certain level you can only compete with a mini if it is registered, but some times local farms will hold little classes that don't require registration. You can always just set up your own 'for fun' courses too.
My mini mare jumps like a one legged hippo, so I quickly decided that in-hand jumping was NOT for us (shame, since that's originally what I really wanted to do with him), but I do all kinds of other courses with her over bridges, under tarps, in and out of poles, etc...and she's trained to drive as well so sometimes I'll ground drive her over the obstacles that I make. You can also take them on trail walks if you want your own cardio exercise ;) my little gal loves trail walks.
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