I am not mushing yet but was just going to post regarding the same topic on any referance books people have read or any advice on mushing as I have 7 huskies and am going to start to train them to mush this fall and winter.
scenic - where do you live? I know there is a mushing group in Eastern Washington and some west of the Cascades as well. There was an article in the local paper (Kitsap Sun) a few months back. I think it's still lying around somewhere at home. If I can find it, I'll post the date (and you can read it online) or the info for you.
I live in wisconsin. There have been a couple helpful links on the internet, but no pricing of harnesses, collars, ganglines, sleds, nothing! I also only found one helpful article on how to train the dog, but more would be nice.
http://www.nooksackracing.com where most people in our area get their harness, ganglines, and such. You can certainly order from them, but if you find a mentor they will guide you to someone closer to you.
Theres a place in Hayward WI called Affordable Sleds, they have ganglines as well, if we buy a sled we're thinking of getting it there.
We Mush right now with an avid musher whose been racing for years we will begin training with him again in the fall, but for now we use the springer, on our bikes, as we only have 2 sibes, the man we go with is teaching us how to make the ganglines ourself, and lets us use his sleds, rigs, and dogs if needed, we in turn brought a bike with a springer on it, to training one day so everyone could see how it works, and he actually got one for himself, to train his 1 year old pup, the rest of his dogs are all seasoned runners.
I have 1 female Mariya, and 1 Male Jonah, both dogs are from the same breeder, and have the same daddy,( breeder link is in my post above. ) Mariya will be 3 yrs old on May 14th Jonah just turned 1 on April 18th yes both of these dogs are red and white, with parti eyes, they actually both have a split right eye, Mariya has the blue half down, and Jonah has the blue half up, I thought it was cool cuz they do have the same daddy, and they are 2 yrs apart. Boo's their daddy,( so yes I go around saying Boo's your daddy, DH hates that haha) and he is a red and white piebald sibe, the breeder just sold him recently.
I had 2 other siberians both females; Olympia, was a gray, and white with brown eyes, ( she died of breast cancer at the age of 12 yrs ) and Hailey was a Black, and white with blue eyes, (she died due to complications from epilepsy at the age of 10 yrs. )
My son liked Mariya so much that he, and his girlfriend drove all the way from VA just to go to NH to buy there pup, shes also an red and white siberian, her name is Luna.
Duke came to me from Nebraska. The same kennel I got Shane from. (not same sire and dam though) The lady is my breeding mentor, but does not mush so can't help me there.
Wolf & Hailey, are any of your dogs not spay/neutered and have you had a problem with them pulling sled together?
Thanks for the links. There is a place I found in Iron River wisconsin that custom makes harnesses. I heard that the H harness is more comfortable for the dog compared to the X back harness. Any suggestions?
I also found a site on seppala siberians sleddog project. this seemed to be a really helpful link.
My dogs are both fixed, and they run very well together, the musher we train with has 2 males that can't be hooked near each other even though they are kennel mates, and play together, they are both leaders in their mind so they have to be hooked away from each other or they will fight.
Also the sled dog central link I gave you said there are 6 mentors in WI, I would call one of them to see if they have anyone closer to you, we found our guy through the siberian husky club.
Also , yes H back harnesses are the ones everyone here is using now, ( I'm talking hard core racers ) we still use x back cuz we just run for fun with our dogs, and the guy we train with gave us 2 of his x backs in addition to the ones we already had. I only bought 1 harness all the others were given to me by people in the sibe club.
Scenic, try to find out if any trade shows are coming to your area, we have one here in Maine where everyone goes, and they bring all their dogs, and camp there, they try out the latest equipment, the last one we went to they were bikejoring with the dogs, that was 3 yrs ago, we bought skijoring equipment at that show, it was really cool cuz there were tons of vendors with sleds, harnesses, rigs, collars, leashes, etc. Plus they had Ramy Brooks there as a speaker, it was awesome.
Theres actually a show coming up in June, out here so we're gonna check it out!!
My girls are all spayed. We haven't tried mushing yet, but I think the girls would like it. I'm not sure we could hook all three up at one time though. I might have dominance issues. I have a lot more research to do before I could attempt any mushing. I don't even know how to determine which of the girls would be a better lead dog. My white sibe (Raja) is the one we've been thinking about training in agility. There is a real good obedience trainer near us and she also teaches and participates in agility. She has an aussie that is rated in the top ten for agility.
hey if any of you live in kennewick washington can you please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org i am trying to get my dogs to mush with othter dogs but cant find anyone and my female is going to have puppies soon good mushers to but hey yeah if anyof you can help please email me so i can reply back and know what you guys are saying on here thanks bye bye