Sleds, Skis, Bikes, Scooters, Rigs, Etc.

Dog Sleds

 100 0274The one to above is our homemade one when we couldn't afford a sled.  Made with a chair and skis. It worked great except that I had no brakes and had to use my feet and body weight to stop the dogs.  There were times that it could be a pretty tough ride depending on what dog I was sledding with.  

The sled below is your basic dog sled and one we purchased used from a friend.  The body is an excellant shape100 0109 and it runs like a charm and it has brakes.  We would like to add a drag, which is a heavy canvas you step on for slowing down the dogs without stopping them.  It is good for turns and curves or down hill.




If you are skijouring you'll need a pair of cross country skis and a caricross belt to tie your dog to.  If skijouring is something you are serious about doing it is worth investing in a caricross belt.  I've never skied before but have heard you need to be a pretty good skier to ski with your dog.



PICT0404You can use any kind of bike for pulling.  Any two wheeler will do.  We use a three wheeler for it's stability.  We use this bike in the spring and specifically in the fall getting ready for the winter season of sledding.






Scooters and Rigs  Jos scooter

 Scooters and Rigs are used in cool weather (like spring or fall) or when there is no snow on trails or roads.  I don't know much aboutBerg rig these as I've never used them, but scooters have two wheels and rigs have three.  They are essentially along the lines of a bike, except that you stand.  In places where there is less snow they use them for their winter months.  (Photos: courtesy of Team Husky.)     




Winter Gear

We've clocked two dogs pulling at about 30mph (48.3kmh ).  And you might not think it is that cold out, until your going that fast with just a jacket and hat on.  I don't know how many times I've forgotten my gloves and practically had to thaw my hands out after a ride.  

You'll want warm gear, boots with good tread, gloves that are warm, but thin enough to maneuver clasps and lines before and during a run.  And you'll want to dress in layers, because the wind goes right through you following behind the dogs.