A miniature horse is quite small in size and consequently, all tack and equipment for minis are usually scaled down versions of the ordinary ones. But while this is the accepted way of things, it poses a big problem for miniature horse owners.
Miniature horse tack and equipment should be comfortable for the horse – but merely scaled-down versions aren’t always so. Instead, these scaled-down versions tend to be uncomfortable for your mini – and can also injure your horse during the ride. And that is to say nothing about the safety of the child riding the mini.
A word on size
Your average mini will not be more than 38 inches in height – in fact, a division A horse will not be more than 34 inches in height. Proportionately the back where the saddle sits will also be much smaller than average horses.
This means that the saddle you use, as well as the bit and bridle, will need to be of the right size and design, so as not to restrict movement of the shoulder or cinch over the loins area. Either of these will be uncomfortable for any horse and cause soreness and injury in the long run.