European Skijor Harness (Guard Harness)
Product Review by Ami Gjestson
I first became interested in this harness during the IFSS World Championships 2001 in Fairbanks, Alaska, when race vet Dr. Jerry Vanek asked me if I had seen the type of harness the Europeans were using and how he felt the design was better for a skijoring dog than an X-back harness.
This winter I have run a dog wearing a Guard Harness beside a dog with an X-back and I couldn't believe that I had never noticed the high angle of the tug line coming off of my belt. The X-back harness was being pulled up in back...could it be effecting how the dog runs or the transfer of power? I can't give a definite answer, but the new harness just makes sense. The following is an excerpt from the product description found on the Howling Dog Mushing Supplies web site.
The only time I wouldn't recommend using a Guard Harness is when training a dog that doesn't keep a tight line. The tug line hooks in at the middle of the back and makes for easy tangles when hanging loose.
Happy trails - Ami Gjestson & Gretchen the dog
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