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    11-16-2012, 07:00 AM
Horseback Archery

Hey, I'm really into Horseback archery, I have never tried it but it looks really cool. Does anyone do it? One day I'd like to go to a kassai school. Anyone ever been to one? Do you have any advice or tips for starting?
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    11-16-2012, 08:56 AM
Green Broke
I can't say I know much about it, atleast not competition-wise, but I'll be going bow hunting as soon as I have a horse that won't mess with me the whole time :p
I only have a compound bow with a 65lb draw weight and s horse that doesn't appreciate leg/seat cues..A horse trained as such (as well as rider) and a specifically designed, short longbow with a high drawback weight.

From what I understand, it's the same as mounted shooting goal-wise, except not in an arena and a bow instead of 2 guns. :p
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    11-17-2012, 12:48 AM
Subbing because I've been interested in mounted archery too!! Interested to hear whether anyone else does this!
    11-17-2012, 01:43 AM
Found this website and the rules and guidelines for mounted archery competition.
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    11-17-2012, 10:37 AM
    11-17-2012, 01:40 PM
I checked out the photo albums on the website Tessa posted and WOW does that ever look amazing! It looks like there's some serious fun to be had in that sport...and the costumes, how awesome!

Never mind dressage, maybe this will be my new pastime...
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    11-18-2012, 01:05 AM
It's something I'd be interested in, too. Not just the archery, but doing anything that involves using both hands for something other than holding the reins. Even something as simple as getting out the camera and taking a good picture...
    11-19-2012, 03:49 AM
Alright, so I was once a certified archery instructor (certification expired in August) and in my training, the finger hold is index finger above the nock of the arrow, middle and ring finger below. You want your finger tips only on the string, not the arrow. However, most of the archers I am seeing pictures of are doing it differently. Probably not a mistake and I wonder why? A lot of them shoot like this-

Which, according to my training, would technically be wrong. Any ideas?
    11-19-2012, 04:41 AM
Talk about costumes and fun. Here is Japanese mounted archery: Yabusame.

Saw it done in Tokyo, many years ago.

Pretty cool. Look at how long the bows are.

    11-19-2012, 08:36 AM
Green Broke
I agree with you completely,'s very wrong, lol. I'm curious as to why though..possibly for fact that they generally don't twist sideways and shoot more ahead of themselves than perpendicular?
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