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    03-01-2011, 03:36 PM
Question Anyone Foxhunt?

I'm intrigued by some of the local hunt clubs, and would love to go out with them, just for fun. Growing up, my first instructor had a heavy background in hunting, and taught us from that mindset. I've never known anyone actively involved in a club, nor do I understand the ettique and rules involved, or even what to expect if I asked to join for a day.

I'd love any information, especially from anyone in the northeast / mid-atlantic regions!
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    03-01-2011, 08:44 PM
I can't wait - I hunter pace, and may go cubbing with the hunt this spring. And as soon as I move plan on joining the hunt up there as well!
    03-01-2011, 10:18 PM
What does cubbing mean? I'm still trying to figure out how the different flights work! If I joined the hilltoppers, would I be able to get through without jumping? I know most jumps should have a path or gate around it. Since Zee got hurt, we won't be able to jump anymore :(
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    03-02-2011, 08:39 AM
Hmm not sure on all the details yet but I should know more after the hunt ball haha. Cubbing is riding as a guest. And not sure about hilltopping - for my hunt (as far as I know) they only do hilltopping on hunter paces (where yes all the jumps have go-rounds). Not sure if they have different actual hunt levels or not for the hunt itself. has a lot of great info on there (that's my hunt!) and that may help :)

(oh as an aside I may have someone in your area who does reiki and massage!)
    03-02-2011, 09:08 AM
Thank you!!! Something like the Summer Hound Exercises would be perfect for us! Relaxed and non-jumping... Their website has some great additional info.
    03-02-2011, 09:23 AM
I Fox Hunt and I LOVE it! So does Nelson, he goes from the age of 21 to 5 in the snap of a finger. When the horns blow and the hounds bray, he starts jigging in spot. Lol, chomping at the bit.

I ride with the main group, but you can Hilltop. The Hilltoppers are usually quieter, more relaxed and more enjoyable for someone who is just getting their feet wet.

I am sure that all Hunts have this option, when there are fences there should be a "Go Around" option for those who do not want to jump - regardless of what group you go with.

If you go with the Hill Toppers, no worries about the Hounds. The Hounds always go with the Hunts Master who leads the main group.

Here is the link to my group. Their rules and ettiquite :)

Battle Creek Hunt Website
    03-02-2011, 09:44 AM
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I hunt! But since I am horseless, I have only hunted twice on horseback...but have helped with roadwhipping. The hunt that I am involved with is really good about trying to get everyone mounted, and if someone has an extra horse, they are fairly often willing to let a competent person borrow it. (I always try to give them a bit of $$ for the favour, but some refuse it.) Our kennel also walks the hounds 3 times a week, and all members are encouraged (but it isnt mandatory) to come help walk the hounds. Really....its just a quick trot down the road in the winter, packed up, or around the horse pasture in the summer.

First field will be the most "active" field, for lack of better words. They will have the fastest pace, and keep up with the hounds.

Second field --if enough riders--will be like the first field, but maybe not the blistering gallop pace, but a nice hand gallop type pace for the hunt.

Hilltoppers...most relaxed field. Etiquette states that any new members should participate in the hilltoppers the first time, or until they are used to what goes on. They normally stay a distance back from the first (and second) field, and just enjoy the sights and sounds of the hounds and horses from afar. Depending on who is riding in this flight on that particular day will make a difference on if you do any cantering, or if you just mainly trot. Hilltoppers also don't cover the same distance as the other fields, so it is a good way to help (key word is help) condition your horse to the longer rides.

The hunt that I participate in ALWAYS has a no jumping option, as we have a lot of *ahem* older riders who do not wish to jump. By older, I mean over 50.... A lot of the places we hunt also don't have any jumps, so we bring a few standards and poles of our own to put in near the end of the hunt, at a place that is safe and has access to get to.

Cubbing and Regular hunting season have different dress codes (if you want to be uppity). Cubbing is normally in the spring or fall before the regular hunting season starts (depending on area and when you can hunt), and is normally to get the young hounds used to hunting. They arent as long compared to something at the end of the season.

I highly suggest googling as much info as you can on "fox hunting". It may not be the specific rules for the club that you join, but it is better to know more rules then what they have. You DO NOT want to breach any etiquette, as some hunts are more strict, and if you want invited back(or a better chance at being a member), you will want to make sure that you are well informed.
    03-02-2011, 09:50 AM
Great post Velvet!!!
    03-02-2011, 03:06 PM
Thanks guys! I've been checking out all the sites recommended and asking everyone I know if they have done it and what it was like. A girl at my barn was telling me that she rode with a club in NJ as a ponyclubber years ago and Jackie O was actually on one of her hunts! Another of our local clubs, Amwell Valley, often has a member at one of our tack shops for people to ask questions and get more information. Hopefully, they'll have another night like this soon! I do worry about breaking an unknown rule, so I'm hoping the club could tell me the best time of year and type of ride that is a little more relaxed for a new rider to get the hang of things.

Since my old-ish boy Zee got hurt and our usual h/j days are kind of over, I'm interested in finding different things for us to do and have fun together. I think he will LOVE joining a hunt!
    03-02-2011, 04:14 PM
Gah now I want it to be hunt season stat!

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