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    11-19-2010, 10:38 PM

Hi all!
Iam looking to learn somthing fun to do with my horses that doesnt mean riding them! I have had a few bad falls, and need to do somthing different right now, so I was thinking about skijoring? (not fast or jumps,,, lol just for pleasure) Can this be done without a rider on the horse (so I can do it alone)? And does anyone here do it? ANy good web sites? I think that my Freisian cross and my ST would be great at it!

Or if anyone has any other ideas for things that I could learn with them:) please share!
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    11-20-2010, 12:04 AM
I think that skijoring with a horse would be amazing. The most important thing would be to properly train them as if you were going to be driving them on a cart and get them used to things dragging behind them before you get back there (just to make sure they won't kick at it). You might have better luck asking about how to train a horse to drive; you'll likely get more answers that way.
    11-20-2010, 02:21 AM
I would love to ...skijor (?) but I am not brave enough to do it with a horse. I need a dog. =P
First of all, do you know how to ski? ;)
I agree the first step for the horse is certainly training it to drive and pull things.
You shouldn't need a rider. Good luck.
    11-20-2010, 06:47 PM
Skijoring?? Please explain?? From the last poster I get the idea it's getting your horse to pull you while you ski? Sounds fun! I've ridden while a friend on rollerblades got a 'tow' from my horse on every hill, but yes, if you're doing it without a rider, you'll just have to train your horse to be 'long reined' in the same manner that you'd teach a horse to be driven in a cart, so you have control from behind.
    11-20-2010, 07:13 PM
Loosie, here's an example of what she's wanting to do. It looks like a ton of fun and I would love to do it but we don't get enough snow LOL.
    11-20-2010, 07:17 PM
Ok, that looks like fun!! Bad thing is, it doesn't snow where I live!! I bet I could do it on the street with rollerblades though!! Guess I will need to teach my guy to drive!!
    11-20-2010, 07:31 PM
I admit I had to YouTube that one to find out what it was! Looks like a ton of fun, though/
    11-20-2010, 09:33 PM
Green Broke
I have read about it. You need to be able to ski pretty good before you do it and must have a very clam and already trained horse (trained to skijor) or it could be very dangerous.
    11-20-2010, 11:29 PM
I've thought of trying skijorring for a couple years now, but one thing always had me baffled...are there special skijorring harnesses? The human's weight can't possibly be pulled by the horse's mouth! I'm decent at cross country skiing (haven't in a couple years now though) and my mare is great at long reining - but what exactly pulls the human?

Edit - laptop finally loaded the video and I see the harness now :)
    11-20-2010, 11:35 PM
You need to be able to ski pretty good before you do it and must have a very clam and already trained horse (trained to skijor) or it could be very dangerous.
yeah, I wouldn't be able to stop once I got going because I don't know how to stop on skis. If my horse stopped, I would slide into her bum. And then get kicked. That part doesn't sound like much fun. That's why I'd rather have a dog. A dog is more likely to forgive me for falling on them than my horse would be. Plus the dog doesn't have as much power as a horse therefore less chance of getting out of control. - As you can see, I have little faith in my horse, even though she Is trained to drive.

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