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rottenweiler 05-11-2010 08:03 PM

hunt pace
So this woman at my barn recently went on a 'hunt pace' with some other women and had a blast. I looked at it online, originally I thought I couldn't do it because I pictured galloping through the woods, jumping over downed tree's etc...and my jumping is a far away goal right now. So anyway, it basically looks like a nice long trail ride. The idea is to accomplish the 'ideal pace' for the particular trail you go on ( a time they pre determine ) Well, my boy and I are out of shape, but I was invited to the next one. I will probably just go for the experience and all that, but mostly just walk and maybe trot a bit. It's a 9 mile course, you can do jumps or avoid them. Just wondering if anyone has any experience with doing this sort of thing and what you might be willing to share to an unexperienced person

MIEventer 05-11-2010 08:17 PM

Hunter Paces are a blast!

Usually consists of a team of 2 to 3, and yes...your main goal is to finish your ride at the "ideal time" meaning....a rider of the facility will go out and ride the day before and time their ride, could be 20 minutes, could be 3 one knows!

I've been on many, and I thoroughly enjoy them. Yes, they are pretty much a "Trail Ride", you can ride as though you are out on a Fox Hunt, or as though you are in an Endurance Race, or just an out and about trail ride - the choice is up to you and your team.

We get all sorts of riders on our Hunter Paces, ranging from experienced Fox Hunters to Eventers to Trail Riders to Western Gamers and so on and so on.

My advice, just go and have fun! It's not competative, it is about just enjoying the trails, the company and your horse.

MyBoyPuck 05-11-2010 11:42 PM

Yes, that are a blast!!! I didn't think I was in shape enough to do one either, but 10 miles went through incredibly fast, and I got through it just fine. By the end we were cantering along on a loose rein having a ball. Do it!!

MyBoyPuck 05-11-2010 11:42 PM

Long night at work. Me not type good. I meant to say, "they are a blast".

rottenweiler 05-12-2010 06:15 PM

That's ok I knew what you meant. I am definitely going to do it, I can't wait. I am slowly going to build my buddy and myself up over the next couple weeks so hopefully it wont be so hard on either of us. I was riding only 2x a week, mostly just trail riding and easy stuff in the arena. Now I am doing lessons and I'm trying to ride three times a week. If I can't ride 3x a week I have another woman lunge him one time so at least HE will get the exercise. I also bought a watch specifically so that I can make sure I ride for at least an hour when I get on. I am so out of shape, and it's hot out, that I have found that only 20 minutes has passed when I think it's at least been close to an hour.

Mickey4793 05-15-2010 09:47 PM

I love hunt paces!
CANTER NE sponsors a hunt pace at the barn I keep my horse twice a year and anyone can trailer in a horse and ride around miles and miles of trails. The awesomest part is that the barn I keep my horse at is an event barn so there are jumps out there from elementary level to Prelim and ditches and water jumps and up and down banks and it's amazing. They'll offer two courses you can choose from: One is competitive, and the ideal time is shorter and all jumps are optional of course but usually everyone does the jumps, and there's a course you can take for leisure, the ideal time is much longer, and the same as the other one, jumps are optional.

Last time I went with my mom and I rode my horse and she took a school pony and we did the leisurely one walk trot canter and I hopped a few logs and when we got back to the barn we were told we could go through a second time and it was a blast. They're great, especially if you want to prepare a horse for eventing.

rottenweiler 05-16-2010 02:53 PM

I'm really looking forward to it. I have started riding my horse in different areas of the property, by 'scary' things just to sort of prepare for being in a different environment around strange things. He gets nervous about some stuff and get's prancy but nothing terrible. I'm glad that you have to pair up with someone because otherwise I would probably be bringing up the rear by myself! I hope to find another 'new' person to ride along with. I MIGHT canter, but for now I'm just planning on walking and trotting

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