Originally Posted by ColtHearted
I guess I\'ll be \'that guy\' and ask, since my google searches on this event were pretty biased one way or the other, for or against this.
Now, I\'m going to assume that you wouldn\'t let anyone set a pack of hounds chase after your horse and corner it, or, in some cases, maul it. I assume you wouldn\'t let anyone even terrify your horse by chasing it around and scaring and cornering it. So, my question is, why would you participate in something that does it to a fox?
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Because horses do not typically attack and kill animals that are the livelihood of some farmers, such as chickens, lambs, and sometimes calves. Foxes are seen by many as vermin. Most farmers welcome the hunt to ride across their land openly, some farmers even donate to hunt clubs to help offset their costs and to support the traditional hunt breakfast.
Truly only the hounds and a few riders are needed, but the where is the fun in that for the rest of the field? Fox hunts are very good times. Perhaps if you could go and enjoy one you would also understand. Most areas that do not have hunts utilize leg-hold traps where it is not uncommon for foxes to lay bleeding for hours before they die of blood loss. With the hounds, death is quick, and if not, typically the Master takes care of things. It is more humane then leg-hold traps, and safer than trying to poison the foxes and killing multiple other animals in the process.
MIE, I adore you & Nelson. Looks like you had wonderful fun on the hunt! Did they do the traditional giving away of the tail and ears? I think the practice is outdated now, but I would like to get something from a hunt one day :)