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The Need for Speed!


How fast are we really going?


It is safe to say that the pro division horses can hit speeds upwards of 38 mph. We have seen the proof on a radar gun. However, what about the skier? While they are somewhat consistent with the speed of the horse on a straight track, what happens on a round track?


If you take into consideration the centripetal force associated on a round track, drop the speed of the horse to 30 mph (to account for slowing down to make the corners), and account for the 50 foot rope length, the skiers speed increases by over 26 mph assuming the horse took an even curved path an the skier went out 90 degrees from behind the horse.


While this may not be the exact case in an actual Skijoring event, it does provide some food for thought... What are things that the skier and rider can do to compensate for the drastic speed change? How does this affect the line where the rider may want to run their horse? How big of a factor is communication between the team members?


These are just few of the questions that should be taken into consideration if you want to take Skijoring to the next level.



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