You wouldn’t butcher a teacup pig for bacon
So why are you using a miniature horse for riding?
Here’s a hint, if your legs are dragging on the ground, not unlike the knuckles of cavemen past, you shouldn’t be riding it.
There are some people who hold to the school of thought that mini horses aren’t for riding, period. Others believe the generalized 20% rule applies. The latter has since been confirmed by the good people of the Canadian Miniature Horse Association. The American one never did get back to me. I sometimes wonder if the name of the blog throws people off when we’re contacting them for legit info. Meh.
So, if we’re adhering to the 20% rule (the weight on the horse’s back shouldn’t be more than 20% of the horse’s own weight) then a miniature horse should never carry more than a small child. Which begs the question, who’s going to break it? Perhaps leading us back to the former group believing minis aren’t for riding.
Assuming you have a fairly docile mini and decide to throw your small child up for a ride, it likely doesn’t look like this:
I would love to know what the hell is going through these people’s heads that they think it’s so freaking cool to ride a horse with shorter legs than they have.
What? Tired of using the frakking mounting block?! Too much effort to climb up those two short steps, so instead you’d rather just swing your leg over the horse’s back without your other foot ever leaving the safety of the ground?
Now, I know that some pony breeds are known for being stout little troopers who are able to pack around significantly more than 20% of their weight. But I think some people are mistaking Shetlands for miniatures! Either that or they don’t care at all what they’re doing to that poor horse.
A while back we noted a child on a miniature horse that was clearly too big for it (see here). Now, after seeing the above two photos, we’re *facepalming* even harder. THE ABSOLUTE IDIOCY AND DISREGARD OF THE PHYSICAL COMFORT OF THE HORSE THAT HAS TO CART YOUR ASS AROUND IS ASTOUNDING!
Just because it’s an equid doesn’t mean you can ride it.