Help a Show Hunter "Princess" Learn!!
I've recently been bitten by the "I want to foxhunt" bug, so I need an education! My grandmother hunted with Deep Run for EVER, and she tells great stories! My mom, on the other hand, hunted ONCE on a borrowed hunter that someone told her was "seasoned"--almost killed herself and vowed never again!
I am a gutsy rider, I have a very lovely, athletic, talented TB that I show with success in the 3' divisions. We've schooled through 3'6 at home. I've taken him through the woods and all over our very hilly farm by himself and with friends and he seems to enjoy it. He is 10 years old, solidly built--stocky for a TB--very sound of wind and limb and in excellent condition.
I am completely ignorant about practically everything hunting related--so please forgive the stupid questions, but the old-fashioned tradition of the sport makes me drool. Is there an average length of time that they usually last? They don't kill the foxes anymore--they just chase them, right? So how does one get "blooded" or do they even do that anymore? How do you join a hunt? I don't even know the names of the hunt "officials" or any hunting terminology. Help!!
How many people actually hunt their precious darling show hunters? How frequently do horses get hurt? Does anyone check the ground where they think the hunt will be taking place and make sure there aren't holes, etc? One on hand, I think my horse would actually be good at this and enjoy it--I know I would enjoy it--but on the other hand, he is a successful show hunter and too valuable for me to take huge risks with him. Advice?
Very curious! Thanks!
not the end but the beginning
the horses do like hunting, what is not to like being out on a glorious day with other horses and riders watching the hounds sort it all out and keeping up with them while they do.
the view in the ring never changes. hunting is way more fun [IMHO]
injuries are rare, killing the fox more so. the first several hunts are spent more managing ones horse and riding. but the horses settle in to it and then one can enjoy the hunting.