Horse surfing might sound far-fetched, but it's actually a sport that is growing in popularity and it looks like tons of fun.
Love surfing, but don't have waves handy? No problem. As long as you have a horse, you can go surfing no matter what the weather conditions. Horse surfing is growing in popularity, and it's easy to see why - it looks like tons of fun, and you don't need a lot of expensive equipment to get set up.
This video features a well-trained horse who is pulling a talented skimboarder. The trick is that the water is shallow and the beach is flat, so the horse can gallop along comfortably while the skimboarder or surfer still has plenty of water to glide over.
Some of the tricks in this video are just awesome, too. Take a look!
Just have to give horse surfing a try? Start by introducing your horse to the water. You'll want to do some careful conditioning, since traveling in water or deep sand is highly fatiguing to a horse. You should also use a horse which is experienced in pulling objects, so the tow rope doesn't spook him.
Next, find a beach where your horse can safely travel in shallow water. Start out slowly at first, and make sure that the horse is comfortable with a skimboarder traveling behind him. Ask your horse to walk forward, and then gradually ask for a trot. This gives your horse some time to adjust, while also allowing the skimboarder to get a feel for how the horse moves.
Keep your initial sessions short. You can gradually move up to faster speeds, and as your horse becomes more and more comfortable with the situation, the skimboarder can start to introduce tricks. Be careful, though - a fall in shallow water can be painful and dangerous for the skimboarder.
If horse surfing isn't your thing but you like wintertime skiing, then be sure to check out skijoring.