I went foxhunting! Everyone who can should definitely at least try...
I posted this on the Hunting section, but I wanted to share this over here too! My trainer evented his upper level horses, he still hunts, and he thinks it is an awesome idea for eventers to do. I also know people who have hunted their upper level (even Grand Prix) dressage horses. I know there are different reasons for not being able to, but after today I would encourage people who can to give it a try. :) Not only was it awesome and fun, but it was a great way to meet people. The lunch afterward was really good too!
FWIW, my horse is a pretty experienced hunt horse, but the eventer I met was taking her horse out for the mare's first time.
Well I went, and it was a lot of fun!
My younger sister (9) decided to go Friday night as well. Anyways, we got there and tacked up. I knew it was an informal hunt, but I did not know the official name...cub hunt. The first formal hunt of the year is next weekend. My mom told me everyone was wearing their hunt coats so I wore mine although it turned out when I walked my horse over to where everyone was that they were mostly all in polo shirts! Oh well. I got many compliments on our turnout, and I think my family made a good impression.
The day was very pretty, and in the 70s. My sister stayed back with 3rd field/hilltoppers while I went with 2nd field. Everyone was so nice! Right away I met a very nice girl who also events! And I am not going to lie; I was kind of nervous because I was not sure about how fast we would go or if my horse would get strong. Sonny seemed to know exactly what he was doing though, and he was seriously calm as a cucumber walking out to the field to start while some other horses were jumping out of their skin.
We started off kind of slow walking/trotting and a little cantering with a bunch of waiting figuring out where the hounds were going. Then we waited some more to see where they were headed and what way we are going to go to get around the creek. I finally figured out that Sonny would be much happier if I just let him be up front, and when we had our first gallop through the trail I had no time to get nervous because they all just took off with little warning! The natural terrain seemed to give me some free half halting. Sonny was GREAT. So basically we were making our way with waiting and then some galloping thrown in. The entire time my horse was a perfect gentleman, no kidding. He was in a loose ring Myler comfort snaffle with no martingale too. He totally took care of me galloping through the trails over some rocky and sandy footing, through fields, under tree branches, and up and down slopes. We walked through this one path through the woods going through some steep ditches, and he just weaved his way through! It was awesome.
So I think I am simply sticking with this club! The people liked answering questions and explaining things, they were friendly, and according to my parents they just built some great new jumps. There were many kids too. My parents even got to follow along sitting in a wagon. I think we will have the option to do some jumping when formal hunting actually starts because this time we didn't do any jumping and only saw one coop while we were out there.
I think I am going to opening hunt next weekend and also getting my junior membership. :D