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post #11 of 12 Old 03-02-2011, 05:36 PM
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Other folks pretty much covered it, but a couple of other points:

Hound Excercise is not a time to school green horses or accustom them to hounds; it's a time to school hounds. Going out on hound excercise on foot yourself to learn about hounds and hound work is an excellent idea, going out on hound excercise on a horse new to hunting should be discussed thoroughly with the Huntsman and the Master, (if they're not the same person.) before doing so.

Not all fences have gates and 'go around' options; it depends on the hunt, the country that they're hunting and the preferences of the landowner. We had a certain piece of land that had panels, but unusable gates. The landowner didn't want to risk riders leaving gates open, so if you jumped into that territory, you had better plan on continuing jumping until you got out. Tended to thin the field out considerably when we went in there.

If you're new, plan on starting at the back of the second flight and reserve the option to drop back to the hilltoppers if the going is too fast or your horse too hot.

In the East, cubbing is in the fall. The original meaning of cubbing was hunting designed to scatter that year's cubs to new territory to ensure a good supply of foxes. Fall is the time the cubs are old enough to strike out on their own.

It is also the time new hounds are entered. Cubbing has a less formal dress code, usually "ratcatcher", and is usually less fast and less strenuous. The etiquette is the same as regular season.

Do not take your horse out unless you're 1.) sure you can control him in a group at all paces. (This is not a skill most people practice, and it's a shame.) and 2.) you're reasonably certain that he will tolerate being around the hounds. If he doesn't like the barn dogs, don't take him out until you've done a lot of work desensitizing. Hounds have the right of way in all situations out hunting, and the most grievious offense possible is kicking a hound.

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post #12 of 12 Old 03-02-2011, 07:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Zimpatico View Post
I do worry about breaking an unknown rule, so I'm hoping the club could tell me the best time of year and type of ride that is a little more relaxed for a new rider to get the hang of things.
Hopefully you would be put with a member of the club, or get invited by someone, and then they would take you under their wing. They would then be responsible for teaching you the rules and introducing you in the morning. Any ride will be a good ride!

If the club you are interested in has hound ahead and see if you can come out and help (if you are available) as you can meet a few people of the hunt before hand. It makes it much easier once you get to the hunt field as you dont have AS many faces to remember. LOL.

Also....since I am horseless, I have gone as a spotter/roadwhip a few times. I got a chance to drive a few times in the fields before planting was in, in the car with a few wives of some of the men, and they were FULL of information. Roadwhips are needed if the hunt is on property that is going close to the road, or possibly crossing. One hunt, several hounds seperated from the pack, and crossed where they werent supposed to be, and I ended up catching--putting a leash on them, and holding onto them--until someone came and picked them up, since I couldnt leave where I was.

Not going to lie, but I have just as much fun just being with such a great group of people, that it doesnt matter if I have a horse that day or not. We normally party after, and definitely pull out the flasks during!! During the warmer months, it is not uncommon for us to have someone bring a BBQ for after, and everyone else brings a dish. When we hunt at Kemur(which is a riding camp during the summer) they allow us to use the half of everyone brings something delicious in a crockpot! Even when we tailgate (bring your own lunch) a lot of people still bring stuff to share. We also have a cash bar :)

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