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First off, I am in general against riding minis and have advised people not to do this. But, I am wondering if it wold be good for my boy. Now, I have done my research before and realize that typicly it is not good for their backs and is not advised, especially if you are over 70 lbs so if ya'll say it's not good, then I won't. THe reason I am intrested in this is because I beleive it would be good for him. I want him to be comforatable in all sorts of situations and doing all different things. THat is part of the reason I got him into jumping. I beleive it would also be good excersise for him. He is somewhere around 9.2-10.2 hh and I am less than 100lbs. He is a very hefty boy and this would help him lose some weight and gain some muscle. I would not do this on a regular basis eighter, just 1-2 times a month for short periods of time and only at a walk, most likely no trotting unless I feel he can handle it and that no more than once a month. I sat on him last weekend just to see how he would take it and he showed no signs of discomfort, just annoyance. I would like to see this go away and he be happy to do whatever I ask of him(fat chance, LOL!). So what do you all think, is this safe?
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Oh and here's a picture of him if that will ya'll help any :). And it would be bareback with just his halter and problably somebabdy leading him, alteast to start off. He has been ridden before by the people I bought him from so he is broke to ride.
 

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I wouldn't do it. If you want to give him some exercise break him to drive and let him pull a cart.
 

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What Kevinshorses said.

They're not bred to be ridden, and it's still too much weight on his back.


just 1-2 times a month for short periods of time and only at a walk, most likely no trotting unless I feel he can handle it and that no more than once a month.
Once or twice a month isn't sufficient work for any horse, and it won't help him.

 

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okay, thanks. He is getting pretty good at jumping and I would love to teach him to drive but can't get a cart :(
 

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Use the summer to get the basics down, and you have snow - and sleds are cheap. It's really not that difficult to rig a sled up. I had a miniature who pulled hay out to the other barn all winter long. Wasn't much, but it gave him something to do!
 

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No! You'd need a harness. You should be able to get a nylon one pretty reasonably. Try ebay.
 

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i mean like to pull a sled and ground drive(I think that's the term), not anything he's really pulling. For hay bales and stuff like that I'd get a harness though. would that work?
 

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You don't have to wait until the winter to use a "sled", you can drive him around with a sleigh type sled on grass or sand or some other soft ground and it will help to build his muscles and such.
 
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Use the summer to get the basics down, and you have snow - and sleds are cheap. It's really not that difficult to rig a sled up. I had a miniature who pulled hay out to the other barn all winter long. Wasn't much, but it gave him something to do!
Hi PaintsPwn,
I am a newbie to this forum, this is the first thread I've read...
I think that is a great idea! Having one of my minis haul a bale of hay from the main barn over to their barn, on a sled. I don't know why I never thought of that.
They get so bored during the winter, and that would be a "productive" way to help keep them (and me) happy, and get a little exercise in too.
Thanks for the idea!:D
 

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A miniature horse should never be ridden. The reason is because their thoratic vertebrae (in the region where the saddle goes) is much more flexible and moveable (not to mention smaller) than the naturally rigid thoratic vertebrae of rideable equines. Because the vertebrae of a mini are like this, even carrying a saddle and small rider puts stress on the spine. It has been found that 70 lbs is the limit before you risk injury to the back. But even so, the vertebrae are more easily thrown out of alignment and hyper lordosis is likely to set in if a mini is used as a riding horse, even with light-weight children, who are likely to have little self awareness and balance on any horse.
Miniature horses were bred for the specific purpose of pulling, not carrying.

The ideal small riding horse for a child would be the shetland, or welsh. These are hardy ponies that can actually carry light-weight, experienced riders that can train them for the child. I would trust my child to a larger but more well-schooled pony, rather than a smaller but lesser-trained mini.
 

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My Dad has two oversized mini (about 2 hands taller than the average mini) or thats what the breeder called them. My sister,who is 48 pounds rides them bareback around our yard. The minis never seem uncomfortable they enjoy their little outings. Our vet didn't think it hurt as they are bigger and my sister is so light. But if it was my choice I would teach them to pull instead of riding.
 
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Hi LoverofHorses,

Thanks for your reply. I definitely would use one of our bigger minis for it if we do go ahead, but yes, we do prefer to drive them, they love it and we love it!
Just thought it might be fun for our neighbors little girl to ride one in a parade once, she is a very "petite" little thing, and she would just be over joyed with the whole thing...

I am going to consult with our veterinarian before doing any thing.
The very last thing I would ever want to do is cause them any injury!
 
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