a Musher is a person in a dogsled race
Mushing is a general term for a or method powered by , and includes , , , , , , and . More specifically, it implies the use of one or more dogs to pull a on . The term is thought to come from the French word marche, or go, run, the command to the team to commence pulling. "Mush!" is rarely used in modern parlance, however; "Hike!" is more common in English. Mushing can be utilitarian, recreational, or competitive.
Mushing as a sport is practiced worldwide, but primarily in and northern . Racing associations such as the International Federation of Sleddog Sports (IFSS) and the International Sled Dog Racing Association (ISDRA) are working toward organizing the sport and in gaining recognition for mushing. It is the state sport of .
Although gets more publicity and is seen now as the primary form of mushing, recreational mushing thrives as an unorganized sport providing healthy outdoor form of winter exercise for families.
Mushing for utilitarian purposes includes anything from hauling wood or delivering milk or the mail to rural and equipment hauling. Dogs have been replaced by in many places, but some and other isolated users have gone back to , finding them safer and more dependable in extreme weather conditions.