I did hunt on foot for a year or two at the very end of the season, but didn't consider it 1st flight - except when I'd climb over fences or coops because it was easier and quicker than going round to the gates. But I never "ran" with the hunt - simply followed behind at a walk or gentle jog listening to the hounds to know where they were. Was always careful not to get between the game or hounds, would be happy to open and close gates, hold horses, and point directions for whipper-ins.
It did tend to amaze the riders who were aways awed at me following on foot for 2 or more hours (I was 58 at the time), and how often I ended up being at the checks even as they made long circuits. What they tended to forget was foxes run in circles, and often as not the hunt would end up being right back where they found the fox in the first place, or some reasonably close proximity. I never really had to go THAT far to end up at the check, and it was GREAT exercise for me for my endurance riding where I did have to walk up/run down mountains while competing.
Used to live and ride in Cheshire Hunt territory. Very pretty, wide open, and rolling. Easy to get around riding a car.
Last edited by gothedistance; Mar. 17, 2013 at 03:59 PM.
My partner hunts our hounds on foot twice a week, for 2 months, before our opening hunt. He hunts alone, because nobody else will do it! Normally he'll be out for 3 - 5 hours each time. Me? I wait til he's ready to take horses out with them!
I truly admire him but I do get it!! Sometimes when I'm car following I get a bit of hiking in but THIS is extraordinary!
I'm familiar with the hiking that many of our fabulous local photographers do. I'm remembering with admiration watching Leslie Howells following Blue Ridge back in the day. Wow.......
I think the ideal is both car following with a tad bit of hiking out.
I foot hunt also with the Ashland Bassets and it's a constant fitness
reality check for me. Hills = aaahhhhhh!!!