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post #1 of 9 Old 12-21-2013, 04:24 PM Thread Starter
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Out Sledding :)

Shayne and I went out for a sled ride today behind Nova, She did so awesome :) Next step in is a real harness and this hopefully a real sleigh. We always stay at a trot or slower to keep the sled back a ways. Enjoy a few pictures :)






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post #2 of 9 Old 12-21-2013, 05:28 PM
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I used to do that with our miniatures. It's so much fun.
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post #3 of 9 Old 12-21-2013, 06:12 PM
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that's such a good idea! Last year we attached a rope to the D-rings on my saddle and had someone ride and someone in the sled, but this is so much better! I'm going to start working on ground driving just so we can do this LOL
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I'm so jealous! I need to get creative - my newest Morgan, Sugar, is trained to drive a sleigh... Her previous owner has it for sale, but hay supply with another horse now takes top priority. Maybe someday though! :)
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I trained Nova to drive before I rode her, figured it would teach her discipline, control and cueing before I ever sat in the saddle and when I did ride the first time she already knew most everything I asked her to do :) Started driving her at a year old! I drive Hailey now and am soooo excited to see how she turns out. Its easier to drive in Winter cause then I can throw blankets on me and stay warmer longer.
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I've been wanting to drive my old guy Sam too but don't have a harness. It looks like you use a breast collar, lunging surcingle, calf sled and long lines in place of a full harness set up? Am I correct? How does it work? I might try that! My goal is to eventually go skijoring behind my horse, once he is steady with a sled. We used to attach a sled to the saddle D rings and pull our kids around so I don't think Sam would object too much.
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post #7 of 9 Old 12-21-2013, 10:41 PM
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I posted in response to these pictures in another thread, but wanted to say again how fun that looks! I'm totally jelly xD

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post #8 of 9 Old 12-22-2013, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
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it works fine for what I do but when we turn the lines drag against her legs so I usually get out, just for her sake, these are 180 turns I mean. She does super awesome for it and is always calm with it, I started having her drag the empty sled around after she was over a year and a half old, no weight in it. It didn't ever scare her :) If I do with this children I lead them just because, she's never Freaked out but she is her own person and it a dog were to attack her or something I just feel it would be safer to lead with kids.
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post #9 of 9 Old 12-22-2013, 05:40 PM
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That looks like SO much fun. I've always wanted to try that..
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