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The Poet 06-26-2010 05:54 PM

Fox hunting horses
Are there specific breeders here of horses suitable for fox hunting (or field hunting as i think you guys call it.) does anyone breed purpose bred fox hunters in north america? or do they make do with other sports cast offs?

SilverStallion 06-27-2010 09:38 AM

Horses on hunts can range from specially bred and trained field hunters to casual hunt attendees riding a wide variety of horse and pony types. Draft and Thoroughbred crosses are commonly used as hunters, although purebred Thoroughbreds and horses of many different breeds are also used. Some hunts with unique territories favor certain traits in field hunters, for example, when hunting coyote in the western U.S., a faster horse with more stamina is required to keep up, as coyotes are faster than foxes and inhabit larger territories.

Breeders/Trainers in North America:

Fox Run Farm LLC
P.O. Box 1098
Millbrook, NY 12545 [View Map]

(845) 494-6067

Full service hunter jumper foxhunting and breeding equestrian center specializing in the development of the equestrian along with the training and development of the horse. At Fox Run, you will train to be able to compete at the elite USEF horse shows along with learning to ride your horse out in the countryside. Located in Millbrook, NY, we have a large indoor and outdoor ring plus Millbrook country trails. Full service breeding and stud services plus mare and foal care. USHJA hunter breeding incentive fund stallion services.
Fox Run Farm

Glendevon Stables
P.O. Box 721
New Windsor, MD 21776 [View Map]

(301) 706-4642

Glendevon Stables is a 115 acre family farm with long established reputation for highest quality training and care combined with a relaxed and supportive environment. We focus on eventing, foxhunting and breeding top sporthorses while working with those on tight budgets or new to the sport. We also enjoy driving, pony club and 4-H activities. Safety and the confidence that comes with being well prepared are our first priorities. Happy & healthy horses are always our aim. We've done the big shows and traveled to fantastic events but now treasure the quieter pace at home with our two small children and many farm animals. We'd love to share our farm with your family! Lessons, training, and boarding available as well as working student options for young & old alike. Please visit our website to learn more about us!
Glendevon Stables is a breeding and training operation located in north central Maryland. We produce and sell select warmblood and draft crosses at affordable prices.

Grand River Hunt Stables
PO Box 522
Parkman, OH 44080 [View Map]

(440) 210-1955
(440) 759-1416

Foxhunting in northeast Ohio. Horses for sale and lease. Mini-events, hunter paces, organized trail rides. Full care board with daily turnout available.
Foxhunting in Ohio

Harmony Training, LLC
500 Blackwell Rd
Campobello, SC 29322 [View Map]

(864) 592-0010

We are a facility dedicated to horse and rider in forming a partnership in harmony. We offer boarding, training in eventing, fox hunting, and so much more. We have a xc course complete with banks, a water-complex, and a rock wall. We also have trails and a sand ring.

Horsehaven Stables
PO Box 187
Medina, OH 44233 [View Map]

(216) 527-2699

One hour private lessons. Horse boarding and training. Trail riding and fox hunting. Horse sales.
Horsehaven Stables - Medina, Ohio

Liberty Farm
5 Lightfield Road
Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889 [View Map]

(908) 534-9482

Beautiful 21 stall boarding facility offers 12x12 stalls w/dutch doors, indoor/outdoor arenas, all-weather turnouts, great atmosphere, quality horse care for horse and rider w/experienced staff. Training available for all levels of riding!

Merit Hill Stables
Vicksburg, MS

(601) 634-1345
Merit Hill Stables - home

Oak Tree Farm
80 Meetinghouse Road
Mount Kisco, NY 10549 [View Map]

(914) 673-9269

Oak Tree Farm is a private boarding, training, and sales facility located on 30 acres in the Bedford Corners section of Mt. Kisco, New York. Oak Tree Farm is just a 50 minute drive from Manhattan. Our goal is simply to provide a fun and safe experience for each rider with specialized programs to suit different skill levels and needs of horse and rider.
Oak Tree Farm | Horse Boarding, Training, & Sales Located in Mount Kisco, New York

Sandy Hamm Horses
Sandy Hamm Horses, riding lessons, horse training and horses for sale in Northwest Arkansas.
Sandy Hamm Horses, mid-south horse sales

Turkey Hill Stables
268 Fletchers Mill Road
Woodville, VA 22749 [View Map]

(540) 987-9778
(540) 987-9731

A premier riding facility in the scenic foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Located in Rappahannock County within hacking distance of the Thornton Hill Hounds. Turkey Hill Stables welcomes enthusiastic amateurs up to the advanced rider, catering to multiple disciplines for both horse and rider. Amenities include: full board, field board, indoor and outdoor arenas, cross country trails, clinics, lessons, training, sales, layovers, layups, overnights, and local event sponsorship. We are located an hour or less from eight of Virginia's finest fox hunts!

Hope this helped,

MIEventer 06-27-2010 09:45 AM

In my area - they aren't picky about what breed of horse they are under for Fox Hunting, just so long as the horse does his or her job well and enjoys it.

I see Mules, I see Draft X's, I see Thoroughbred's, Arabians, Appendix's, Appaloosa's, Pony's, and the list goes on.

Now A Day's, Kills aren't permitted, so the breed specifics aren't as required today as they would of been in the 50's and earlier. Here, the Hounds are bred with a smidge bit of a shorter leg, so that even if they do catch a scent, they wont beable to catch the animal because they cannot keep up - so, my point is, most Fox Hunting in North America and other Countries, cannot kill, so therefore the joy is more focused on carrying on the traditions, enjoying the sport, the people, the hounds and the horses.

So, breed specifics aren't top priority with the Hunt here *I cannot speak for others* just so long as the horse does his or her job well - is safe, sane, sound, healthy.

King 06-27-2010 02:43 PM

I hope you aren't planning to go out Fox hunting :(
Awful so called 'sport'.
They take any well boned breed out in this country.

savvylover112 06-27-2010 02:52 PM

Over here in Ireland we also take any type of horse once it is fit and able for the job of hunting.

To King: You obviously not understand hunting if you are saying that.

gypsygirl 06-27-2010 04:43 PM

i belong to a live hunt that hunts mostly coyote. we have a lot of tbs & tb crosses mainly. although there are a few ponies and smaller stocky horses.

MIEventer 06-27-2010 05:35 PM


I hope you aren't planning to go out Fox hunting :(
Awful so called 'sport'.

That's why I will only ride with groups who wont kill - such as ours. To be honest, many who continue on the Fox Hunting tradition, aren't killing anymore, which is great - because I would never be a member of a group who does.

Our group is mostly about carrying on the traditions of Fox Hunting and education the next generations so that they can continue as the last generation did. To enjoy the sport itself, without the possibillities of a kill.

It is about the horses, the culture, the people, the hounds and the thrill of the ride. The Hounds still get to catch a scent and they bray and the horns blow and off we go - but the chances of them catching anything are very slim to none due to how the hounds are conformed - and the seasons we hunt.

I love our group very much :)

King 06-27-2010 05:57 PM


Originally Posted by savvylover112 (Post 672710)
Over here in Ireland we also take any type of horse once it is fit and able for the job of hunting.

To King: You obviously not understand hunting if you are saying that.

That's it, play the ignorance card with me.
No, you're wrong. I have been hunting. Only the once, and to be honest, I am actually ashamed with myself that I let my curiosity get the better of me.
It was vile, and I think very low of people who do such a thing for sport.

gypsygirl 06-28-2010 02:03 PM

do you know the purpose of fox hunting ? it is to rid the farm lands of vermin [foxes]

also, we hunt a lot of coyote here, coyotes are very smart & very fast. smarter & fasters than hounds. the only coyotes that get caught are either really old or really sick [or really stupid i suppose].

Speed Racer 06-28-2010 02:16 PM


Originally Posted by King (Post 672907)
It was vile, and I think very low of people who do such a thing for sport.

You're certainly entitled to your opinion, but I do find it interesting that you apparently weren't appalled enough NOT to go and see what it was all about.

Unless you live under a rock I'm sure you were aware that fox hunters, especially in the UK, kill the fox. Isn't the ritual of 'blooding' still in practice?

So your curiosity 'got the best of you', but your desire to participate in a blood sport, one that you KNEW was a blood sport, couldn't hold up to your squeamish nature and now you're crying foul.

If you don't like something that others find enjoyable, you're certainly welcome not to do it. But to trash those who do is also very low, in my opinion.

I don't food/trophy hunt, but I know many people who do. I have no desire to do it, but it's certainly not my place to think less of them.

Besides, fox are smart. It's a very rare hunt that ends with a dead fox.

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