Thanks for the warm welcome!
Thanks for the link to the Long Lake Hounds. I read through their website and loved all their photos. Looks like an absolute blast. It looks like they're done for the season, but their photos showed trail rides and cubbing through summer and early fall -- I'll contact the secretary next spring to find out how to get involved. In the meantime I'll be bringing the pony along (he's a 3/4 TB 1/4 Clyde) and starting him with trail riding and horse trials this spring. I'll have to determine how he reacts to hounds -- although if geese are any indication he doesn't seem bothered by those...
Both my hunt horses also event
They are both very quiet eventing but can be strong and hot in the field. You need to be prepared for that. The best thing to do is find a hunt you can go roading with in the Summer to get your horse used to going in groups and having hounds around.
I have a three year old I am starting. I am fortunate to have my own small beagle pack. I use her to take the beagles roading. She is very used to hounds jumping up on her and following right behind her heels now. Yesterday I took her on a group trail ride of 7 horses with some jumping. Those are the sorts of things you can do to see how your horse will react to going in the field.
However, my three year old freaked out when she saw the hunt kennels for the first time. She was used to beagles and was freaked by many more "Beagles on steroids". I had to lead her up to the kennels and let her look. The hunt has about 50 hounds compared to my 8 beagles.
Eventers are great foxhunting because you don't have to worry about the jumps. I think it also helps them deal with water on xcountry and other things. I found that it improved my dressage score by opening up my horses stride.
Good luck with it.