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post #1 of 13 Old 11-19-2009, 11:50 PM Thread Starter
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Skijoring with horses?

Skijoring is where you have one or more dogs harnessed to a tow rope, and they pull you around on cross-country skis. I've been doing it with my dog for a couple of years. A few days ago, I was talking with one of the folks in the lab, who's Swiss, and he told me that in Switzerland they skijor with horses.

Anyone know anything about this, or ever done it? How would you go about training a horse to do it?
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post #2 of 13 Old 11-20-2009, 02:07 AM
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I lived in Colorado for many years. They did it regularly in Steamboat Springs and pulled tourists around. They had races where the skier would have to be pulled over little jumps, too.
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It's really common here actually. :) I would love to try it someday.
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It's really common here actually. :)
If you know of any web sites, could you post them?

And may I ask what part of Finland you're from? I have a very good friend who comes from Pori, though she's lived in the US for many years now.
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I can't wait to go skijoring with Caleb this winter! I'm going to do the european kind, not the aamerican way, and I'm going to use downhill skiis, not cross.

In europe, they use a harness and use lines tied to the harness to pull them and use long lines to steer:


In the US the common way is to have a rider steer the horse and tow a skiier behind:
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Hmmm, Im from America and I've always seen it done the "European" way over here too, very rarely the "American" way...

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If you know of any web sites, could you post them?

And may I ask what part of Finland you're from? I have a very good friend who comes from Pori, though she's lived in the US for many years now.
I don't know any websites unfortunately. :(
I'm from Helsinki. :)
Here they do it the "American way", with someone riding the horse while pulling someone. They probably do it the European way up North though (Lapland).
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Hmmm, Im from America and I've always seen it done the "European" way over here too, very rarely the "American" way...
I just call it that because the European way is started in Europe, still popular in the you.S, just, not originated there. The American way was started by two guys from Leadville Colorado, here is a video about it:

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Humm... Seems odd that I'd never seen or heard about it before. But then, I'd never seen anyone dog skijoring until I took it up, and only a couple of people since.

Just got back from our first outing this year, in fact. Not much snow - the news was saying a foot or two in the mountains from the storm that went through yesterday, but there was only about six inches. Barely enough to keep from scraping on rocks, but we had fun.
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Not exactly the same thing but we used to use an old pickup hood as a sled behind a team of horses. Incredibly dangerous but still fun.


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