Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Um. . . at my computer?
I've never actually been on a real hunt, but a few weeks ago I went with my neighbors 'cubbing'. Cubbing is just a more laid back, slower paced type of hunt, still with hounds and small jumps. My gelding gets excited too, but I just tried to sit deep in the saddle and keep pulling gently - releasing - pulling - releasing until he slows down to a reasonable pace.
Here are a few basic tips that you might know already, but I thought I'd add - never pass the field master, always keep your horse's nose towards the hounds, and if you see a hound come up behind a horse or is heading towards other people, away from from the other hounds, yell like 'hound', or 'beware', or 'ware' so people know ;)
When I was cubbing, a hound came up really quick behind the mare in front of me. . . and she lashed out and kicked him right on the shoulder, sending him flying! It was sooo sad, but he seemed to be alright :)
-Whoever said you can't buy happiness has never owned a horse-