Looking for a new way to spend time with your horse during the winter? Welcome to skijoring, a winter sport that combines the thrill of skiing with the fun of equestrian.
In some versions, the skijorer holds long reins for steering. Think ground driving on skis. Skijoring races are serious business in parts of Europe, where horses wearing special winter shoes gallop around a snowy track, pulling their drivers at remarkable speeds. In North America a popular variation is to have a rider on the horse while the skijorer holds a line attached to the saddle horn. With this western twist on the Scandinavian sport, skijorers compete behind galloping horses, steering themselves over sizable jumps.
If you’re not an adrenaline junkie, you can still enjoy skijoring. At a slower pace, skijoring is a good way to provide your horse with some winter activity while giving you a chance to get outside the arena. Of course, strapping on some skis and putting yourself at the mercy of your horse is not something to do without proper instruction, or with a horse who is not accustomed to being driven. As with any winter workout, make sure your horse has appropriate footwear for working in potentially slippery conditions, and remember that trotting through the snow is a lot more work for your horse than trotting on flat ground, so don’t overdo it.
Now, grab a mug of hot chocolate and enjoy some videos of skijoring in action.
Skijoring at Bowers Farm in Leadville, Colorado
2009 Skijoring Competition in Whitefish, Montana
To learn more about the sport of skijoring, check out these sites:
North American Ski Joring Association
Northeast Ski Joring Assocation
Association Skijoering (France)
Check out more fun videos from HorseChannel.com on our video page.
That looksk cool!
Weeehooo! Looks like something FUN to try during our LONG winters in Wisconsin!! I think I’d opt for a nice sled instead of skiis though!
My mom used to do skijoring when I was little. I thought it was so… cool, and I still do. She gave it up when my brother and I were little, and a few years later her big horse died, but maybe someday I can convince her to do it again with me.
Have done this with dogs on skis and roller blades, this looks like another fun way to try. another good reason to view this site.
This looks like a lot of fun though I’d be worried about falling flat on my face.
It looks like something that was just bound to happen when humans first domesicated the horse. But it looks like fun.
Wow I would love to try this with my horse
wow this looks so fun! I would definetly try this if I had a chance!
LOOKS FUN BUT NOT FOR THE HORSE AND IF MY HORSE DOSENT LIKE IT I DONT!!
Looks interesting- can’t say I will be trying it though.
This is soooo awesome!!
I’m determined to try that with my horse one day 🙂
Looks fun for horse and skijorer alike!
My ranch does it every year and everyone loves it! Soooooo much fun!
That looks like so much fun! I’ve never seen skijoring for horses- only dogs. Thanks for the article!
Hi, can someone tell me where to buy the horse harness, tug lines and reins for skijoring. I must try this absolutely. Any volunteers to catch my horse 🙂 ?
Some great ideas. They look like fun.
My Sister and I did this back in the 70’s. She would saddle up and we used a lariet on the horn and back to me, I did the skiing and she did the towing on my Quarter Horse Palomino Bummer! Even made a jump to go up and over, me not the horse!
Looks fun, but scary!
sounds like it would be fun
Looks like fun but I was expecting it to be a bit faster.