Where might you go sleigh-riding if you are not Santa Claus? Well, dog sleigh, or sled, riding is a popular method of transport in many tundra-esque environments. Fortunately, Travel Insurance Saver incorporates provisional cover for sleigh riding activities under all international travel insurance policies.
Dog sleigh riding involves being drawn by a sled or sleigh by a pack of dogs. The dogs in question are usually dogs who have been specially bred for colder conditions, and who are strong and smart enough to lead a human on a sled. There are a number of sled dogs used worldwide.
The most famous of these dogs is the Husky, and in close second the Malamute, which is larger than the husky. Also used are the Chinook, St. Bernard and Newfoundland. Sled dogs are a more archaic way of travelling and were used primarily as ways to traverse snowy environments quickly. They have been used extensively throughout the norther parts of the world.
People still use sled dogs today, particularly in Canada, Russia and Greenland. They are used mostly today for recreational events, and for racing. It must be noted, if you take part in an official dog sled race, you will not receive coverage from your travel insurance provider. The use of dog sleds must be recreational only.
You will feel emboldened being drawn by hounds through the arctic tundra. Many feel-like arctic explorers during the late 19th century when they take to sled and canine. Of course, before you perch yourself on your sled, and before you whistle to your trusty canine friends, there are a number of things to remember.
If you have a pre-existing medical condition
, and this medical condition worsens due to your riding a sled that is drawn by several hounds, you will not receive medical coverage. You must apply for extra cover for your pre-existing medical condition first.
You should wear protective gear while you are on a dog led sled or sleigh. If you are sledding with a company, the company should have a good reputation and track record.
If you are going to be travelling somewhere colder, you may be doing some snow sports as well. See our snow sports travel insurance
page for more policy information. If you do get injured overseas or are concerned about the medical treatment available to you, see our international medical travel insurance page.
Dog sledding is a relatively safe sport, and an old school way to get around the arctic environments. It is something not everyone gets to try, so it is understandable why someone would on their next holiday. You are free to do so but purchase your dog sled travel insurance
to get a quote.
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