This may go under "training" but I feel it would get a better response here. Has anyone ever done archery off a horse? I know that it is done, and have watched plenty of horseback archery videos on youtube. On the ground, I'm a fairly decent archer and co-coach an archery class once a week. I'm also a great rider and have been riding horses for 13+ years.
I would really like to combine my two passions, but I have no idea how to train a horse to let me shoot off it's back. You need two hands to shoot, one to hold the bow, one to pull the string. I'm just not sure how to teach my horse A) not to be afraid of the bow and B) how to listen to me without reins, as I'd have to let go of them to shoot, or have them be super long to hang on to while i hold the bow.
Has anyone ever done this? Any thoughts even if you haven't?
And for those of you freaking out about the danger of it: Archery is considered the safest sport in the world. For real. There is no accidental discharge, like with a gun. The most danger would actually be me falling off and landing on my bow. The arrows are kept in a safe quiver on my hip or back. The arrows are fired at a target made of straw. (For anyone who knows the difference, I shoot "traditional" aka recurve aka what you see them shooting in the Olympics. I don't shoot compound or cross bow). The target is in an empty field with no animal or humans near by that could be injured when i miss.
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