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Activity Idea: Husky dog racing

Husky or sled dog racing is an increasingly popular sport suitable for larger forest areas.

There are three recognised sled dog breeds: the Siberian Husky, the Alaskan Malamute, and the Samoyed. Modern sleds are similar to traditional design and construction, though wheeled rigs are used in the UK and deploy new materials and designs to help speed and performance. Each dog wears an individually-fitted harness of lightweight nylon webbing, padded around the neck and shoulders. The team is hitched to a rig or sled by means of a central rope known as the ‘gangline’; whips are not used.

Records of the first sled dog race in Alaska date back to the early 20th Century. The sport is now a major worldwide interest with teams working throughout North America, Europe and Down-Under.

Trekking sled dogs is entirely different from the Racing Competitions, being likened to pony trekking with a trip of a few hours up to a number of days with overnight stays.

Race trails extend over a number of miles, so only are only suitable for larger forests or landholdings. Firm, reasonably wide (to allow overtaking) surfaces are required, although not necessarily metalled. Logistical issues include the requirement sufficient parking, suitable loops with separate start/finish areas, and the exclusion of other users.

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There are a number of sled organisations in the UK. British Siberian Husky Racing Association The Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain Affiliated British Sleddog Activites Sled dog association of Scotland