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        04-05-2010, 09:46 AM
      #11
    Trained
    Hunting is a great way to expose a young horse to unknown cercumstances, to unknown terrain and to help them grow to be bold and confident, so that when you start to event - your horse has already grown and matured to beable to face the obsticles being asked apon them.

    Back in the day, many eventing mounts were fox hunters, and they did exceptionally well, because they were already exposed to the scenario.

    Take it slow, and steady, you don't have to jump - but exposing your young horses to situations such as that, is a great exposure. My Coach has a 5/6 year old OTTB mare, and she fox hunts on her already *in the hilltopper group* and she does very well. My friend has a 4/5 year old OTTB mare and she fox hunts in the Hilltopper group - there are quite a few eventers who start fox hunting on their greenies first, to expose them to the elements to help them grow and mature and become bold and confident.

    If you can get access to a nice group, definitely take that opportunity. Doesn't mean you have to jump, but exposing them to situations such as that, is a great way to help mold them into the eventing mount you want.
         
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        04-05-2010, 03:01 PM
      #12
    Green Broke
    I think hunting would be great for both horse and rider eventer! I'd low to go hunting some day!
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        04-14-2010, 02:39 AM
      #13
    Weanling
    This makes me wish there were hunts in Australia...
    I have no idea if there really is or not, but if there is they're super good at hiding from me...
         
        04-14-2010, 03:46 AM
      #14
    Weanling
    I agree!!!!
    Fox hunting sounds great, ozzie would love it, marco would too.

    In australia you can't compete a horse at the age of 4 years old...
    My OTTB is 5 rising 6 and i've taken him to a training day to test him on his temprament and boldness, both where suited to eventing.
    To prepare my event horse for the year I do alot on small training days, shows, gymkhannas, adult riding club, lessons, beach riding. The old place I kept my horse there was a deep sand area so I use to do alot on canter work in that. There's no et scedual on week to week training, it takes time to build up the fitness and muscles. I agree with dressage now umping later. The fitness ur horse will get from this will help. Do get ur horse "too fit" for your grade as you might end up with a horse that's too hard to handle when excited. Exose your horse to alot of different things,you will need it. I went to a horse trials event where the horse were afraid of the decorations and I had to pony them through bahahahahahaha
         
        04-14-2010, 10:13 AM
      #15
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MIEventer    
    Hunting is a great way to expose a young horse to unknown cercumstances, to unknown terrain and to help them grow to be bold and confident, so that when you start to event - your horse has already grown and matured to beable to face the obsticles being asked apon them.

    Back in the day, many eventing mounts were fox hunters, and they did exceptionally well, because they were already exposed to the scenario.

    Take it slow, and steady, you don't have to jump - but exposing your young horses to situations such as that, is a great exposure. My Coach has a 5/6 year old OTTB mare, and she fox hunts on her already *in the hilltopper group* and she does very well. My friend has a 4/5 year old OTTB mare and she fox hunts in the Hilltopper group - there are quite a few eventers who start fox hunting on their greenies first, to expose them to the elements to help them grow and mature and become bold and confident.

    If you can get access to a nice group, definitely take that opportunity. Doesn't mean you have to jump, but exposing them to situations such as that, is a great way to help mold them into the eventing mount you want.
    hilltopping is a lot different from riding in the field !!!
         
        04-14-2010, 08:19 PM
      #16
    Trained
    Quote:
    i agree!!!!
    Fox hunting sounds great, ozzie would love it, marco would too.
    It is a fabulous way to get into the groove of things! I remember reading an article written by Jim Wofford a while back, about how Eventers need to go back to their roots, and to branch off into different disciplines aside from Eventing and Fox Hunting was one of his suggestions.

    I mean, if the majority of Eventers back in the 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's were Fox Hunters, then I think we should go back to our roots as Jim Wofford says.

    Too bad you guys don't have this sport in Australia! Maybe this is a great time to start!!

    A group of us just recently "Capped" with our local hunt for the 2nd time, and this time around quite a few Eventers in the area were there to share the hunt with all. It was a very large turn out, and it was alot of fun!

    We did the Hilltopper group, but boy we rode hard! The Head Huntsman of that group rode accordingly to the level of the riders, and since majority of us were Eventers, we had a blast!

    I highly recommend it to anyone with seasoned horses, or green young horses. It is a wonderful way to get your toes wet for the sport of Eventing!
         
        04-14-2010, 08:47 PM
      #17
    Green Broke
    What is the difference with hilltopping and just going with the hunt? Explinating - nessecary. :)
         
        04-14-2010, 08:54 PM
      #18
    Trained
    Hilltoppers follow the hunt on horses or in cars & usually just walk around to good vantage points for watching the hunt or where they think the hunt is going to go. If that makes any sense at all....

    First field follows behind the huntsman & gallops & jumps & whatever they have to do to keep up. Second field mostly walks & trots behind first field & doest jump. At the hunt I go with they sometimes canter if the field is small depending on who is riding !
         
        04-14-2010, 09:10 PM
      #19
    Trained
    The Hilltoppers in the Hunt that is in my area - never drive around in cars.

    They are all on horseback. Nothing more, nothing less.

    There is 1 Huntsman who leads the Hilltopper group and they pretty much ride in accordance to the lowest level of the member in that group. If the lowest leveled rider only walks, then so be it. If the lowest leveled rider is experienced, then so be it - they ride in accordance to the members comfort level who are involved.

    We are always out for 2 hours, we ride with no hounds, but meet up with the main group once during the break session where we all stand around and chit chat while our horses drink and cool off, and the hounds cool off and drink - and so do all the members *hint hint*

    They gallop, they trot, they walk, they jump, they ride hard, they ride easy. Again, depends on those who are riding with the Hilltoppers.

    The Hilltoppers ride in large open fields, gallop over fences, they ride in large wooded area's and do just as much as the main group do, just with no hounds.

    The Main Group, are for the very experienced only. I usually ride with the main group, but lately only been riding in the Hilltoppers because of friends who are with me. Not fair for me to ditch them to ride with the main group.

    They ride hard, and very hard. This is the most chaotic group as well, due to the Hounds being with this group, the Head Huntsman is as well. He controls the hounds, while there are 2 whips on each side and a tail runner who stays farthest back.

    All 4 control the hounds. The Head Huntsman has a special bond with the hounds, and they hounds are most alert to him and his horn and his commands, where the other 3 are just there to make sure none stray off, get lost or left behind *they are sorta like cowboys keeping the herd of cattle in a group*

    They go wherever the hounds go, if they catch a scent, off they go. They follow. Regardless of what obsticle is in their way *well, within limits* they ride over it, to stay with the hounds.

    The main group is definitely not a group to ride in if you are new to hunting, or if your horse is new to hunting.

    Hilltoppers is quite boring for me, it is like just going on a big trail ride with jumps involved.

    The Main Group, is where you get a real historical taste to the traditions of Fox Hunting.
         
        04-14-2010, 09:15 PM
      #20
    Trained
    ^^ haha don't mean to offend, but that's weird !! That's so different from what we do !

    We have 1 huntsman, 3 field masters & a few whips. We are usually out for about 3 - 5 hrs

    We also have a few people that follow or find spots to watch in cars due to health issues.
         

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