These are very hands-on activities in which you will interact with the dogs a lot as well as gaining an insight into how much the dogs love to work whenever they get the chance. You will see, first-hand, some of the thrills and excitement of running with the dogs as well as the challenges involved in training them to behave well in the line.
NB: Although it is sometimes possible for small groups to add a ‘quad-bike safari’ or troll cart taster ride on to the back of a standard farm visit - so long as the temperatures are not too high for the dogs to run, we prefer to have the dog drinks prepared and ready at the farm ready for the return of the teams and to have thought through, ahead of time, the best dogs for the experience. Hence, please try to tell us that you are interested in this option at the point of booking your visit.
We start by assembling the team of dogs with your help. We generally put 6 to 8 dogs in front of the quad and one adult (or two children) can sit on each of the two available quads with a guide. Each round of our 2km Autumn training route takes about 10 minutes including a recovery stop for the dogs half way. If more than two rounds will be needed for everyone in the group to have a turn on the quad, we will need to change over the dogs between the rounds to ensure that they do not get too hot. When they have finished, you can join us in saying thank-you to the dogs by giving them a well-earned cool drink before walking them back to their individual kennels.
Duration: The 2km ride itself probably only lasts about 10 mins but the preparation and take down from it, including the farm tour, will easily last >1hour.
Summer Quad Price: Adults €30, Children €20
2km too little? Want to go around again?
If 2km is not enough for you and you want to do an extra loop or you want to try more than one piece of equipment, we may have to swap the dogs around in the middle but the additional 2km will only cost an additional €10/ person (Adult / Child).
Alternatively, join us for an entire morning or afternoon training session if you are here during training season (just before and after the main winter sesason, when temperatures are optimal for longer training sessions).
As an alternative to trying quadbike mushing, it is possible to try our 2km summer loop with the dogs using a fat-max kick-bike or go-cart-contraption. The cost is the same. Hence, if you have a larger group, some people might want to go with a guide on a quad, whilst others try a fat-max or the go-cart.
We have four quads, 3 fat max and one 'go-cart-bike' contraption that can be utilised in taster rides. We can, therefore, take 4 - 5 adults / 6 children with the quad (1 adult would have to be able to drive if we take 5 adults and the children would have to be small enough to sit in pairs with the guide), 3 people on fat-max and 1 person on the go-cart (with a guide).
FYI: Children's prices apply to children under 13 (as is standard for all of our husky-products) and family prices can be applied if at least 2 of the 3 childen are under 13.
Morning or Afternoon Training Sessions with Quads or Sleighs: Adults €75, Children €45
NB: When we are in the middle of quad and sleigh training season (ie before and after the main winter season), we generally train for a couple of hours in the mornings and at least that in the afternoons. We have had so many people book a taster ride and then want to stay longer or specifically ask to spend a morning or afternoon training with the dogs, that we had to come up with a price for this activity!
FYI: We only offer this during quad training season, (ie before and after the main winter season), when the temperatures are cool enough to do longer sessions with the quad.
Each team of dogs will run anything from 4km to 16km depending on where they have reached in their training programme before being swapped for new dogs so this quickly becomes a very hands-on experience as you find yourself helping to take dogs back to their kennels and build new teams with new dogs.
This price therefore includes anything from 4 - 16km of sledging or quad biking with the dogs (which may mean that you are doing circuits with one team or swapping teams and doing a shorter number of kilometer) since how long you choose to participate (ie. whether you stay for a full 16km with one team or stay through changing teams, is up to you.