I've always wanted to try ski joring, and there is finally a clinic coming up that I can go to. My former roommate from 2 years ago is a great skier and said she would be my skier, but now that we're actually going to do it I'm getting scared out of my mind.
My horse is a 16h Thoroughbred who is extremely relaxed, we've met bears on trails without him taking off and he happily sleeps in the trailer inbetween classes at shows. I'm often asked if I show AQHA with him. I usually ride him hunter jumper and some dressage and have both a close contact saddle and a dressage saddle. I'm not really sure how the rope attaches to the saddle, but I think it involves the D-rings, but I'm not sure if my saddles have d-rings in the correct places. I'm also not entirely sure how my horse will take to it, and I know that when he does spook it's usually huge and while I can usually stay with him I know that I make it worse and will usually fall off when I'm nervous which is exactly what I don't want.
I'm trying to decide if I'm better off using my mom's wintec western saddle instead of my english saddles. The wintec western fits my horse, and he is trained western, though I'd still use his regular english bridle. I was watching some videos and every horse had a breastplate. Our western saddle has a breastplate that is for a full sized horse, but it doesn't fit my Thoroughbred since he muscled up. So I'd either have to find a new breast plate that will fit him, but all the tack shops are english around me and I don't want to have to order a bunch of breast plates trying to find one that will fit, or I can get different straps to make the one we have fit. I also have a breast plate for my huntseat saddle which goes over his head (it has the running martingale attachment that I've removed), but I don't know if that will even work with a western saddle.
Does anyone have any tips or suggestions? I'm also planning on trying to talk my mom or my cousin into coming with me and just being there for support/possibly stand by his head in the beginning (mostly for me more than him) as I know once he understands/figures out it's a game/race he'll be perfectly fine.
**I'm planning on having him in his SMB elites that he always wears on his rear legs and then have polo wraps on his front legs for protection. I have bell boots as well, but he's not really a fan of them so unless people really feel he should have them I'm going to leave them off (he's currently barefoot).
I guess my question is what woud you do, ride in the english saddle or the western?