The first competitive skijoring races were held in Scandinavia as an offshoot of the older sport of pulka. For those unfamiliar with this winter sport, skijoring involves a horse, dog(s) or a motor vehicle pulling a skier. Races are held all around the world where there is snow in the winter. The longest race is held in Kalevala, Karelia, Russia. Skiers pulled by dogs must race 270 bone-chilling miles to cross the finish line.

The first competitive skijoring races were held in Scandinavia as an offshoot of the older sport of pulka. For those unfamiliar with this winter sport, skijoring involves a horse, dog(s) or a motor vehicle pulling a skier. Races are held all around the world where there is snow in the winter. The longest race is held in Kalevala, Karelia, Russia. Skiers pulled by dogs must race 270 bone-chilling miles to cross the finish line.

STRANGE RIOT SQUAD ARMOR FOR HORSES! - MOUNTED PATROL NOW HAS HORSE BODY ARMOR - FACE SHIELDS AND KNEE/SHIN PROTECTION!

STRANGE RIOT SQUAD ARMOR FOR HORSES! - MOUNTED PATROL NOW HAS HORSE BODY ARMOR - FACE SHIELDS AND KNEE/SHIN PROTECTION!

man horse skijoring.  If snowshoeing is too tame try these 12 wacky winter sports.

12 wacky winter sports

man horse skijoring. If snowshoeing is too tame try these 12 wacky winter sports.

“Watch out for each other. Love everyone and forgive everyone, including yourself. Forgive your anger. Forgive your guilt. Your shame. Your sadness. Embrace and open up your love, your joy, your truth, and most especially your heart.”

“Watch out for each other. Love everyone and forgive everyone, including yourself. Forgive your anger. Forgive your guilt. Your shame. Your sadness. Embrace and open up your love, your joy, your truth, and most especially your heart.”

On a recent trip to the French Alps, I tried my hand at equestrian skijoring, which is essentially a horse pulling you on cross-country skis. While it may take some time for the sport to make a comeback at the Winter Games, there are plenty of ways to get your DIY Olympics on in the alpine wonderland that has played host to the Winter Olympics three times.

On a recent trip to the French Alps, I tried my hand at equestrian skijoring, which is essentially a horse pulling you on cross-country skis. While it may take some time for the sport to make a comeback at the Winter Games, there are plenty of ways to get your DIY Olympics on in the alpine wonderland that has played host to the Winter Olympics three times.

Police and horse with riot gear- wow! Never seen this... But at least they protect their animals...

Police and horse with riot gear- wow! Never seen this... But at least they protect their animals...

The Icelandic horse is bred to have up to five gaits--walk, trot, canter, tolt, and flying pace.  Not all Icelandics exhibit the flying pace...

The Icelandic horse is bred to have up to five gaits--walk, trot, canter, tolt, and flying pace. Not all Icelandics exhibit the flying pace...

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