I'm crawling out from under the rock
I apologize for the lack of posting from me since the Hunt Ball. My computer guru magikally up-graded my computer to a new one to me, old to my DH. It was loaded with the infamous v.9 of windows, and I haven't been able to post until now. Mod 1 and coth techs have been coaching me for a longgg time.
I had a blast at the AVH weekend. After the horn blowing contest, my DH casually asked if he could try blowing a horn. He literally blew us away with his volume and technique. Then he mentioned that he played trombone in the Texas Tech marching band at the Orange bowl. :eek::lol:
Now he wants come back next year and enter both the horn blowing and the whip cracking contests. I figure a West Texas fella will do that well, too. He had soo much fun dancing, that he wants to take more dancing lessons. It was fun when our son and date, who are competitive dancers, asked him how to do the twist.:D
Pleasantmeadow had done beautiful gift baskets with all sorts of goodies. Lovely wine, cheese, cookies, and sparkley body lotion. There were over sized mugs with jars of honey in them on the dining tables around the ballroom. I'm really enjoying the mugs- they are huge!
Dakota, my mount, is the "Perfect Pony". If you ever get the chance to hunt this quiet butler sort of personality, go for it. He does it all for you. Never a foot wrong. The Man from Snowy River slides and trappy terrain were done with comfortable grace. What a Star!
I'm looking forward to having Pleasantmeadow down here next week. Just need to know how many mink lined stalls with chocolates on the pillows to prepare. It is going to be so much fun!
Cheval - If I can do it... So can you!!!
I'm glad you enjoyed reading about my trials and tribulations. Share with me your concerns about hunting as a whole. I 've got to say, my list of I never want to do xyz was long... VERY long. Let's start with you - What's your riding background? If you're terrified, but find it hard to resist - there are options. Absolute newbies in the hunt field are best off hiring a tried and true foxhunter. There are many of us who suffered through the early days praying that neither their mount or themselves would suffer a heart attack in the field.... What part of the world do you call home base?
Hunter's Rest has PERFECT babysitters for those who prefer to hunt with their eyes closed. On her mounts this can be accomplished with panache. Ponies are on auto pilot and prefer it if you allow them to do their job and keep you upright. I too have a saint I lend to newbies from time to time. There are many hunts who have sterling mounts available for those who are willing to take a shot at foxhunting, without having to introduce your horse on the same day.
IF you happen to have a quiet, gentlemanly mount who is happy chugging along on the trails in a group and isn't fettered by horses around him, and the occasional rogue dog hopping around - you are WAY ahead of the game. If this be the case, finding a hunt that allows visitors to come out Roading is a wonderful way to trot along and allow your horse to be in a group at a quiet controlled pace with hounds out front.
Lastly, as you've read.... The COTH hunt group is the most supportive, informative, wonderful support group you could hope for if you so choose to give hunting a try. If you're on the East Coast - I'd be happy to hold your hand!!!!!
Either way - I'm glad you enjoyed sharing my adventure of a life time! Getting ready to head off to the Bryn Mawr hound show to support our wonderful hounds and spend time with some of my dearest friends!
Cheval - you're further ahead of the game than you think!
You've heard from a number of "weinie's" on this thread and it's amazing how far they've come with the support of our COTH friends! Hinderella - You rock!!!
I've been an addict for about... gosh, when did I start this thread.. several years now, and I've only hunted First Flight a handful of times. With many hunts, you'll see just as much action in the Second Field as you will with the First!
It's not about the speed (which don't get me wrong - can be exhilarating once you realize your heart won't burst through your chest), it's not about the jumps (which can be fun too), it's ALL about the view... Of country, hounds, glorious sunrises, the sound of hounds in full cry, and the camaraderie that surrounds you!
Roading is just five short weeks away! This addict is desperate for a fix!
Food for thought!