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    12-24-2011, 05:56 PM
  #1
Trained
would you fox hunt your event horse ?

I used to event and hunt my eventing pony, but when he was an older, more solid citizen. I currently have a coming 6yo who I started competing with [eventing] this past summer. I would like to start hunting her next fall. She is not 100% comfirmed at going into water, but the last 2 times I've schooled water she galloped right in.

I have always heard that you should NOT hunt your event horse, because you always want your event horse to jump into water and know that the footing is good. Obviously when you are hunting the footing may be deep and muddy in streams. My hunting friends say its better to hunt your event horse, because it makes the sure footed and will build trust between you. Also, you know if they will cross any stream that they will jump into a water complex with out hesitation.

So what do you guys think ? Is it ok to hunt your event horse ?


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I know this should probably be in the eventing section, but I was hoping more people would see it here [mods feel free to move it if needed]
     
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    12-24-2011, 06:31 PM
  #2
Weanling
At my barn, every one hunts. Eventers for cross-country practice, dressage riders to work on extension, hunters(but really there is only one) just so they can get out of the ring. I event and I think its fine, but my horse and I are also at the lower levels of eventing..i don't know if it makes a difference if you are at higher levels. If your horse likes it and you do too, I can't see any setbacks of disadvantages. Yay for fox hunting though!!
     
    12-25-2011, 02:04 PM
  #3
Yearling
I'm kind of confused on this thread. Would there be a problem with fox hunting your event horse? Like fox hunting you jump streams....while eventing you run through them?

I'm just a little confused haha. Btw I know what each of these are, I event lol.
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    12-25-2011, 02:08 PM
  #4
Trained
I do. It isn't uncommon for eventers to fox hunt with their seasoned eventing mounts.

Your friends are correct. Jim Wofford wrote a great article a few years back encouraging eventers to venture out onto fox hunts to make us more well rounded riders and for our mounts too. Great article. What your friends are saying, is what Jim Wofford stated.
     
    12-25-2011, 02:38 PM
  #5
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Let us not be coy, fox hunting with an aggressive gung-oh hunt is dangerous to both rider and horse. In the country where my dressage diva of a mare is stabled, I would not dream of taking her hunting - the pace is fast, furious and
At time positively dangerous. So No, she can't go.

Over to the west there is another hunt which draws up on the high moors. OK the terrain is somewhat daunting but there is no pressure to take a jump that either the rider or the horse is going to struggle with. So yes, I might take her one day. Mind you, I hope she can sniff out the bogs.

As usual, it is the humans which create the problems. Don't do anything to risk the horse.
     
    12-25-2011, 05:05 PM
  #6
Trained
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Originally Posted by lubylol    
I'm kind of confused on this thread. Would there be a problem with fox hunting your event horse? Like fox hunting you jump streams....while eventing you run through them?

I'm just a little confused haha. Btw I know what each of these are, I event lol.
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you always want your event horse to jump into water with out hesitation, and know that the footing is good. When you fox hunt the footing in the water can be very very bad- deep, muddy, slick, uneven, etc. I've had horses jump into water and flounder and fall down in front of me while hunting.

So my specific question is, do you think its a good idea to hunt my coming 6yo event horse or will it ruin her for water complexes.
     
    12-25-2011, 05:09 PM
  #7
Yearling
Oh oh I see now. Well are there levels in hunting? Lol. Because I see no problem in lower levels where the dogs will be in not so risky areas where your horse can injure itself from nasty jumps
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    12-25-2011, 05:09 PM
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Trained
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Originally Posted by Barry Godden    
Let us not be coy, fox hunting with an aggressive gung-oh hunt is dangerous to both rider and horse. In the country where my dressage diva of a mare is stabled, I would not dream of taking her hunting - the pace is fast, furious and
At time positively dangerous. So No, she can't go.

Over to the west there is another hunt which draws up on the high moors. OK the terrain is somewhat daunting but there is no pressure to take a jump that either the rider or the horse is going to struggle with. So yes, I might take her one day. Mind you, I hope she can sniff out the bogs.

As usual, it is the humans which create the problems. Don't do anything to risk the horse.
the hunt I go with is a live hunt and not tame at all ! Last time I hunted we were hunting [not including the hour it took to walk back] for 5 1/2 hours in deep mud. Including some 20-30 minute sections of canter and gallop.

I think that hunting can be great for your event horse, but at the same time I don't want to ruin my baby for eventing, if that makes sense. I personally don't think neccesarily you look for the same criteria in your event horse and a fox hunter - although many can do both.
     
    12-25-2011, 05:12 PM
  #9
Trained
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Originally Posted by lubylol    
Oh oh I see now. Well are there levels in hunting? Lol. Because I see no problem in lower levels where the dogs will be in not so risky areas where your horse can injure itself from nasty jumps
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no matter what field [group] you ride with there are going to be lots of hounds ! Lol

First field walks, trots, canters, gallops, and jumps, second field just does walk and trot for the most part. I would probably start my mare in second field, but usually half way through the hunt [at least where I go] the two fields merge together. Every hunt is a little different, and theres a big difference between live and drag hunting.
     
    12-26-2011, 07:36 PM
  #10
Yearling
Hunting the eventer is the best way to get the horse jumping confidently over anything. Also helps them to get and stay fit and gives them some fun.
     

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