The equipment used for this sport is a little out of the ordinary. The main items required are as follows:
*Neckline (only required if running more than 1 dog)
*Scooter/Rig (or Bike to begin with)
This is the most important part of your equipment. These are made to order for each individual dog, therefore the better the fit, the more comfortable your dog will be while running. You can’t just use any harness, you must get one that is designed for this sport (Ie a standard dog car harness just won’t do).
The most common type of sledding harness is the X-back, but there are other variations out there for those wanting something more specific. The club does organise for harness orders at our beginner days for those interested and some proceeds from these sales do go to helping Husky Rescue WA.
This is a slightly elasticated cord that runs between the front of the scooter/rig/bike and connects to the rear of the dogs harness. The elastic or bungee part of the cord is used to reduce the strain on the dogs back as it takes off. Depending on the number of dogs you run will depend on what gangline configuration you require.
A small cord/rope that connects adjacent running dogs’ collars to help them from drifting apart while running. These cords are made to come apart to prevent injury in the event that the dogs go either side of a tree/obstacle. This doesn’t help the poor musher but the dogs will be fine.
The scooter is the most common wheeled device used by mushers. It generally has mountain bike wheels, a bike front and a footplate between for the musher to stand on. The scooter is used for teams of 1 or 2 dogs, anything bigger than this will require the musher to incur the cost of purchasing a Rig. Rigs are a 3-wheeled version of the scooter and provide better stability when running 3 or more dogs. The more dogs you have the faster you generally go and the Rig provides better handling for this.
The club rules state that all mushers must wear a helmet regardless of their level of experience. Our insurance only covers us when people are competing or training with a helmet on.