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On a One horse Open Sleigh....(VIDEO!)

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  • On a One horse Open Sleigh....(VIDEO!)


    Video on what we do on our snowdays! SHOW HORSES TURN INTO SLEIGH HORSES! YES, we risked our children. They had the time of their lives!

    And in case your were wondering.... neither horse is broke to drive. We carefully hooked them up, walked them around without anyone mounted or on the sleigh. Then tried trotting. Neither horse blinked an eye - Threw the kids on up, and onto the sleigh and let them loose! They were out there for HOURS. Ended up hooking up 5 different horses, of their own accord and sleighing! They said it was the BEST SNOW DAY EVER.

    And that, my friends, is even BETTER then the Champion year-end awards they won.

  • #2
    Looks like you guys had a great day! I LOLed at the "sidesaddle" attempt by the girl on the grey.


    • Original Poster

      They had an AWESOME time. They were trying to canter "side-saddle" They ate the snow several times! The girl on the grey is only 8!


      • #4
        What fun!!!!

        And kudos to the kid who tried Sideblanket (can't say "saddle" ) - Brave!!!
        <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.


        • #5
          Aaaaw - I got my grey pony when I was 8. <sigh> We had lots of fun in the snow together too. I learned to drive with him. Don't think he ever got hitched to the big toboggan though...


          • #6
            How fun!

            This looks like absolutely a wonderful snow day! How fun! I bet they will always remember this! Their horses have such nice slow canters!


            • Original Poster

              I think the horses knew that we were just having fun...and they enjoyed it too! They knew they were carrying precious cargo and did not put one foot wrong. Especially since NONE of the horses have ever pulled anything, or are broke to drive. They are show horses regularly.... show horses by summer, sleigh horses by winter!


              • Original Poster

                Kids went pony-sledding again today with an OTTB. He was a STAR! kudos to the OTTBs and all the horses that allow the girls to have fun and still stay safe!


                • #9
                  Great Video! Looks like fun, can I come over? I've never ridden
                  on my horse's blanket but it looks warm for both horse and rider.
                  Merry Christmas!


                  • #10
                    Maybe I need to get my glasses prescription changed -but - how did you hook the sleds up? A rope across the chest? To the riding child's legs? Looks like a blast - wonderful horses and *great* little riders - lovely seats!


                    • #11
                      That is the best vid that I have seen in a long time. so precious!


                      • #12
                        OMG thank you for letting me re-live my youth for a few minutes... makes me miss my little QH and my barn friends and all the fun we used to have.

                        Looks like your kids had an awesome time, hug those ponies too!
                        We couldn't all be cowboys, so some of us are clowns.


                        • #13
                          I am glad that sort of wackiness goes on at other barns as well! It is exactly what went on here the last few days!
                          "If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there"


                          • #14
                            Very cool! Makes me wish yet again that I lived somewhere that had snow like that. Thanks for sharing and feel free to post more videos for those of us living in the snow challenged parts of the world!
                            Proud owner of a Slaughter-Bound TB from a feedlot, and her surprise baby...!


                            • #15
                              That looks like so much fun!!! What wonderful kids and wonderful ponies..
                              ___._/> I don't suffer from insanity.. I enjoy every
                              ____/ minute of it! Member stick horse art lovers
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                              • #16
                                Absolutely what owning a horse should mean. This is what most WEF attendees will NEVER do...


                                • #17
                                  That's awesome!! Thanks for sharing! Looks like such a blast.

                                  I think that might have to be our next activity with my plow beast when it snows again .


                                  • Original Poster

                                    Originally posted by In_ View Post
                                    Maybe I need to get my glasses prescription changed -but - how did you hook the sleds up? A rope across the chest? To the riding child's legs? Looks like a blast - wonderful horses and *great* little riders - lovely seats!

                                    HAHA no no that would be funny! The horse actually had a saddle, without stirrups (my trainer always throws in SOME training, even in the fun!) OVER his blanket.. 2 lunge lines were then slid through the blanket leg straps, and tied to the girth. The lunge ropes were tied to the SLED (it had a string attached for dragging). Kids sat on the sled and held on to the ropes. Very safe, and VERY, VERY fun!

                                    They actually will be riding in this fashion for most of the time we have snow on the ground. (without saddles and on blanket-back) Of course they'll go to the indoor a few times a week for lessons/proper riding, but they show 3 seasons a year. SNOW is for fun!!


                                    • #19
                                      Awww - kudos to you for letting the kids play with their show horses!

                                      Your video brought back memories of a trailride DH & I went on many years ago on blanketed horses.
                                      Tom was a pretty novice rider then and was on a horse belonging to our trainer/friend.
                                      I can still see them cantering through the snow....
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