Refuting "hunters don't care for their horses" argument-spinoff from "Bitting Advice"
Some of you may have seen and kindly responded to my newbie questions. Coming from a show barn, I am going against the grain and my trainer's advice in my effort to start hunting. You guys seem quite nice and tolerant of questions, so I have a few more. Please believe that I am not trying to start a trainwreck or annoy anyone. I just don't have anyone to ask. I don't know a soul that foxhunts and I don't want to be know as the "pain in the butt asking all the questions" when I start hunting.
So, how do you handle having your horse get all sweaty and then standing around in the cold at the checks? Do you find that they get chilled? My ISH is quite the sweater and grows a lot of coat. I usually full body clip him multiple times during the winter beginning in late October just because of the sweating problem. Does a trace clip of some version help with that sweaty/chilled problem?
Because I come from a show barn, we are uber concerned about the footing all of the time and won't even ride in our jumping field when it is too hard (due to lack of rain). The rings get dragged every day and are a combination of sand and rubber. Do your horses get footsore? How do you handle that? I have started applying iodine to his soles in order to toughen them up. Overall, he has good feet.
What do you do during the winter to keep your horse fit enough to hunt? I wouldn't think that hunting 1x per week is nearly enough to maintain their fitness. I have started doing trot and canter sets out in our jumping field to build up his fitness. However, once we get stuck inside (or even stuck in the outdoor) trotting and cantering around in endless circles to maintain a certain level of fitness is going to bore the heck out of both of us. Unfortunately, I don't have access to trails unless I ship off the property and that's not feasible to do more than 1x or so per week.
Thanks again for your tolerance.
not for a noob but works for me
I like to start with roading and work up but being off riding most of the summer has left my horse and me way out of shape. so I'll tag along with the B field and after about an hour excuse my self and walk back to the trailer. fortunatly I know most of the club's 2+squ.mi. farm and can stay out of areas not yet hunted. it may be the long way back but I don't want to be a spoil sport.