Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southwestern Ontario, Canada
• Horses: 0
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 dont 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 dont 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.
It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows. --Epictetus
Last edited by VelvetsAB; 03-02-2011 at 10:47 AM.