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-cross fingers- I hope you can click on these and see the pictures! Or copy them over.

Picture one: Well today we just got enough snow to sled on.. And, well, toofine got hooked up and we went sledding! He hasn't been since last year, and all we did last year was do circles in my back yard.. Well last night I hooked him up and we went around our house, across gravel driveways (he spooked at the noise but controlled it! I was very impressed!), around my neighbors house and out into our hay field. It was great! I was so proud of him

Picture two: this is my set-up. Is it okay for an half an hour at most sled rides? I used a surcingle with a saddle pad, connected to a breast collar. Cotton lead lines hooking the sled to the surcingle. I use a pelham for the bit, since he gets strong when he is doing something he likes... And he likes pulling the sled! My brother sometimes goes with me, and just in case my horse decides to do something, I just want a little bit of umphh in my hands.


Critique? I Love sledding behind him!
 

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ok, now this is just the over-protective mother in me coming out.... How the heck do you plan on stopping that contrapion before you end up under the horses feet?!?!?!
 

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You use your feet for breaks. The real fun starts when horse has a dump, hot and steamy and right in the path of the sled.
I've never come close to going beneath my horses feet :lol: Usually i trot and then go down to a walk, so I don't really have a problem. Fortunately, my horse has not decided to relieve himself yet, and I hope he doesn't plan to :shock:
 

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That looks like fun!

You need the breast collar that goes straight across the chest, instead of a V, so he can pull with his chest instead of the girth. Hook the long "traces" to the breast collar.

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That looks dangerous, but no more so than us having the horse drag you behind them on skis. Have fun, be safe! Hopefully you don't run into any green apples.
 
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When my friends do it, they use a longer rope, and either the rider holds it or it can be tied to the horn. THis makes it easier to release if there is an issue, and keeps it more off to the side for horses that aren't used to something coming up behind them. Shot-my kids used to do the same kind of thing behind cars on old hoods or bumpers….not that I condone that……;-)
 

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We do this all the time in the winter with our lazy laid-back quarter horse.

Usually, though, we have two people doing it, one in the saddle and one on the sled.
The person in the saddle has the rope wrapped a couple of times around the horn and then holds the tail in his hand (that way you can just drop the rope and get the horse away if need be). The person in the saddle monitors the speed and watches so the rope doesn't get caught under the horse's feet or so the horse doesn't get rammed in the heels. The person in the sled is responsible for hanging on, stopping himself or "bailing out" if something bad is going to happen.

In my opinion, it's a great exercise for the horse to learn how to pull a bit of weight around and getting used to the noise of the sled going over snow/gravel etc.

We ended up making a sled for hauling kids and maple sap. At first we used the pony but as much as she liked to pull it she really had a hard time pulling if it was loaded up with a ton of kids, so we had shafts made to fit Red.

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That looks like fun!

You need the breast collar that goes straight across the chest, instead of a V, so he can pull with his chest instead of the girth. Hook the long "traces" to the breast collar.

Nancy

I'll have to try that!

Thank you! I adore that horse in your picture btw. I would love to teach my boy to drive, but he is deathly afraid of carts :lol:
 

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Hey looks like a heck of a lot of fun to me. But, I grew up riding on car hoods behind a team with no way to stop or keep from sweeping the horse's legs out if we turned too quickly LOL.
 

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Thanks Kylie!! She has been a most wonderful horse...DH calls her "BWF Tootsie...America's Favorite Horse"

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At the stable where I rode as a teen, we harnessed the horse to the stoneboat, throw on a bale of straw and we were set to go. We liked to go late at night during bright moonlight. There's be no wind, clear skies. Add the sound of the hooves crunching on the hard pack and the beauty of it all was almost too much.
 

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That looks fun!
I remember finding parts of a harness and thinking as a kid, that it would be great to get it on my horse and have her pull my Radio Flyer around. It worked until something broke on the girth and all fun came to a stop. When I was a kid, I also figured horses just knew how to do things like that! LOL She never knew how to pull a cart. Let alone a clanky metal kids toy. ;)

Emily! I love your sled. I will have to show your picture to my husband and see if he'll make one for me.
 

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Looks like fun to me! We used to hook up to a big truck tire with plywood bolted to the bottom. Hooked up and rolled! One year I even bought battery operated lights and did up his harness and drove around the neighbourhood. Was lots of fun!!
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Thank-you Jeepngirl, I like it too! I think I have all the measurements still for a one horse sled, a person could just scale it down for a smaller horse/pony, if you would like them.

Also we had the shafts made at a welding shop, probably the most expensive part of the whole sled, and if I was doing it again I would have had them made with a shorter curve. The runners were made out of green treated wood. Everything else was combination of reg. pine wood and plywood, painted with a paint made for metal which was recommended to me by a painter. I sanded it first with a rough sandpaper, put one coat on, then lightly sanded it again with a smaller grain and put a second coat on. Altogether I put three layers on... So far, in the second year, nothing has faded or rusted, but the iron that we shod on the bottom of the wood runners, which isn't a big deal.
 

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That would be great Emily. We have horses with the smallest being 14 hands. So if that is what your sled is made for, it'll be perfect!
 

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Here's a rough list of the supplies I got;

Strap Iron~ 1/4" thick x 2" wide by 6' I'll probably shod the runners before putting the rest together.
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Runners-(green treated)
2" thick 12" wide x 5' long board
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Box sides (reg. board)
1-1" thick x 12" x 8' (2 sides each 4' long)
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Tailgate (reg. board)
1-1" x 12" x 4'
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Floor & Dash-(plywood)
1 sheet of 3/4" thick 4'x8' plywood
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Side supports (2x4)
2-2x4 cut in half length wise then cut into pieces width ways. (2 pieces 3 1/2' & 6 pieces 1-1/2')
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Box Support (2x4)
5- 2x4x8
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Misc. stuff like screws & bolts.

Hope this helps? The sled really wasn't that hard to build, we probably had the whole thing put together in under one day. The painting is what takes the longest.
 
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