We were with Carrollton Hounds. There were 7.5 pairs of hounds, and 7 of the 15 dogs were puppies who had never done a live hunt. I was talking to my trainer and she said that we werent spread out enough. I can't figure out why first flight took a different path and ended up behind us.
The dogs got a scent of a fox, but they weren't allowed to go after it. We had a path that we went on and it wasn't just galloping randomly through fields. Also, there was first, second and third field, but no one was jumping. It was like a group trail ride, but some people were galloping with the hounds, some were trotting and then we were in the back fighting with our horses.
I see what you mean about it being a clique. After the hunt, my dad was tlking to the master and showing him pictures he took. My dad called them "dogs" and the master said "We don't have dogs, we have hounds" lol.
In the beginning, all of the horses were standing around waiting for it to start. There was a whipper-in next to me and she was swinging her whip thing form one side of her horse to the other. Everytime it came back towards me my horse would spook into another horse. There was no sense of personal bubble space!
And since you were a "nobody", she didn't care that your horse reacted to the whip. She probably figured "The horse has to get used to it anyways" or "If you don't like it, move". If the Field Master's horse was reacting, you bet she'd stop in a heatbeat.
The hounds have 3 words. "Hounds", "Dogs" (dog is a term they used for the males) and "B*tches" (which is what they call the females). They also use welps and pups, but usually not out on the hunt. So don't be surprised if you hear the B word a lot.
It sounds like what we would call a Hound Walk. There were really no separate fields, just people to keep the hounds from going on scent during exercise, but there was no jumping unless a hound took off through a fence and you needed to retrieve it.
Its odd to me to have so many people on practice runs that they had fields. Usually someone is in charge of each field to make sure that field is out of the way and stays safe. It seemed pretty uncorganized and it'll probably get better when the real hunts take place. That's when wearing the wrong shade of blue can be an insult or whatever.
JJ, hunting is a ton of fun. It can be rather tramatic though. Lots of injuries...I remember having to rehab at least 2 horses that I would send out every time. They'd go out healthy, come back broken, and I'd have to fix them before the next hunt. Its equally as dangerous for the dogs. We had a hound bound over a hill and literally spear himself from throat to gut in a raised piece of wood. Its an extremely hard sport on the animals.
Second and third field have less injuries and many people participate for years before anything happens.