How to Connect a Sled to My Saddle

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How to Connect a Sled to My Saddle

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    01-18-2012, 12:36 PM
How to Connect a Sled to My Saddle

I am in need of help on figuring out how to connect my sled to my western saddle. I don't have a harness for him, so instead I am going to use my saddle. Any advice?
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    01-18-2012, 12:44 PM
Green Broke
Umm forgive me because I don't know much about driving, but this sounds like a terrible idea.
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    01-18-2012, 12:45 PM
Green Broke
The best, and only, advice I can offer is simply don't.
    01-18-2012, 05:36 PM
I don't drive, but looked into it because I considered getting minis for awhile. From what I understand, the purpose of a harness is to distribute the weight of a cart while making it easier for a horse to pull. Using your saddle would be highly inappropriate because it is simply not built to pull, but to carry. Basically, either get the right equipment or don't even think of your horse pulling anything at all. :/
    01-18-2012, 05:48 PM
The only time I've ever done this, was so Indie could help me haul a big plate of wood for the fireplace up to the house (it was a cold and very snowy winter, I couldn't do it by myself.). I strapped rope to the rigging on the breast strap, and since it was uphill there was no sliding problem. But really, it isn't a good idea. I only had luck because it was, like I said, up hill and I didn't need more stop. If the sleigh where to pick up speed it would bump right into the horse and cause either a crash or a bad freak out. Either one would probably lead to the other.

So if you are actually do a lot of pulling, it'd probably be best for you to invest in a nice harness, they make some cheaper models too so you don't have to pay a ton. :)
    01-18-2012, 08:30 PM
Do you mean a true horse sled? Or are you talking about pulling someone behind you on a toboggan? Or perhaps you sitting in the toboggan?
If the first option, don't do it, you will wreck your sled/saddle/horse/self or some combination of that.
I would also nix the last idea. If you want the horse to drive, then please invest in the proper equipment.
As far as pulling someone behind you on a toboggan while you ride, I will admit that I have done it. Safest way is for you to just hold the rope, that way you can just let go if anything goes wrong. I have in the past tied the sled to the back of the saddle, but I am blessed with a horse who tolerates that sort of nonsense, and in all honesty, I would not reccommend it. But I guess we all have things we have done in the past that we think better of when we age..
Biggest cause for upset is when the sled runs into the back of the horses' legs. They don't tend to like that..
    01-24-2012, 04:04 PM
You can break a leg quickly like this. One of my friends in high school pulled her brother on a sled. They had an accident. I'm not sure what all happened to cause it, even to this day. All I know is, it was REALLY hard to pull the trigger on that lovely little mare since none of them could stand to do it.
    01-24-2012, 06:54 PM
Advice is: don't do it.
    01-26-2012, 11:05 AM
I heard from alot of drivers that it is quite the way is to use the saddle as a harness... if you have a good breast plate and everything is properly placed to distribute weight it works just the same... not saying I have done it but I have heard it from drivers...
I also would not suggest doing but just letting you know what I heard

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