Spinoff--hunt trail rides and proper etiquette
Last summer and early fall I took advantage of the local hunt trail rides (which took place six days a week!) and really enjoyed myself. My young horse learned how to cope with a crowd, as well as how to behave around hounds. I also got to meet many of the landowners and hunt members. My BO assured me I was welcome to ride out with them as much as I wanted to, and that anyone was welcome to participate in the trail rides until cubbing began.
Although I know I would have enjoyed cubbing and hunting regularly, with the event season and my busy work schedule I only managed to cap a couple of times last season. So, once the trail rides ceased, I pretty much dropped out of the picture.
Recently one of my fellow boarders, who is a hunt member and etiquette maven, told me that I really should join on some level or at least contribute some funds to the hunt if I want to do the trail rides again this summer.
Is that something I should consider? I wouldn't hesitate to do it if I thought I'd be hunting more regularly, but in all honesty I think I'm going to be concentrating on eventing again this season. Still, I would love to again take advantage of the daily opportunity to get some good hacking in with hounds.
I'd really like to do the right thing here, so any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Learning those ropes...every club needs a rule book
private packs don't [he who has the gold makes the rules] but it might help.
clubs need a rule book just as companies need that employee handbook.
then any member can have the [consistent] answer at hand.
I got one when I first started hunting  and saw additions up to a complete rewrite 2 years ago.
months of hard work by a board sub committee first brought the board together on the minute details, but then provided a base of knowledge for everyone.
learning bits and pieces of hunt culture by osmosis just won't do.