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8th May 2010, 11:22 AM
I missed out on hunting when I was 10, my bestfriend wanted me to go with her (I used to ride her yournger sisters pony)
Anyway, It has always facinated me.
Now they don't chase foxes so it isn't that bad.
My neighbour would like me to join her in the winter months. Once me and Cokey understand each other etc.
She goes with her husband but he doesn't always ride with her.
And I'd love to, but 1 does that mean I'd have to take the other routs where they don't jump (Cokey is learning and he must nibble a jump before he can jump it)?
And 2 what should I work at?
My mum LOVES fox hunting (obviously not the fox bit) but how fun it is and has always encouraged it.
Do you think I should do fun rides first to get used to being with other horses?
I know some of you will stongly disagree with all of this. So sorry :)
I must repeate I am really against the hounds ripping up a fox, but they do scent trails now.
8th May 2010, 12:06 PM
Defo do some fun rides before you go as the hype my get him worked up. There are also some fun rides which include jumps so you can do a couple and see how he goes.
With regards to different routes I would contact your local hunt and ask them :)
8th May 2010, 04:41 PM
Yes fun rides, cross country schooling, anything in open fields will help your horse get ready for hunting. Also try cubbing, it's normally a bit quieter/slower than hunting (that said the autumn hunting meet we went to last year was probably faster than all of the proper hunt meets put together!!!) Work on cantering in a forward position for a long time, make sure your horse stands still for long periods of time as there's lots of waiting around when you're hunting.
You may find that adrenaline gets the better of your horse and he jumps better out hunting, I hunted Freebie cob last year and he jumped anything pointed at him, whereas in the school he can be a bit sticky jumping. There's normally a non jumping route but check with the hunt first- we turned up to opening meet expecting a non jumping route but were faced with banks, palisades, water and rails so it is best to practise over a few jumps at home before you go out, as you never know what may be coming your way!! The jumps that had no option to go around were never more than 2'6", and the biggest bank we had was around 3', and with a horse in front leading you over them you should be fine.
Oh and if you do go, make sure you wrap up warm, I had 2 tshirts, a base layer, a stock shirt and my wool hunt coat on and still got cold so dread to think how people wearing a basic black jacket were feeling!
8th May 2010, 09:41 PM
Well in his old home, the women who owned him went on three hacks a week with him, and 7/8 other horses.
So he should be okay, I have ridden out with 4 other horses and he is good!
He behaves similar to a horse he 'buds' up with. So if we are out with a plod, he will plod a little, if we are out with someone CRAZY he is a little more forward.
8th May 2010, 10:31 PM
Trust me about 50 odd horses (don't know about other hunts but this is about as big as ours get) is a lot different to 7/8 horses :)
A good thing to try is see if there are any local cross-country courses you can hire out or could you not make some jumps around your farm out of anything you find lying around :)
9th May 2010, 10:21 PM
With the jumps or random X/C stuff - This is what I have been doing, obviously they are tiny because I'd rather fall a tiny jump than a huge jump :chuckle:
But we are going up in size next week etc. - I am not going to rush him at all, my dad thinks our jumps look pathetic but now he isn't catching them AT ALL with his back legs. So I think we may be ready to raise them a tiny bit LOL :)
9th May 2010, 11:27 PM
We have alot of land, our terrain vairies from, long grass, short grass, stubbly wheat feilds, potateo feilds, etc (regular sorta stuff)
10th May 2010, 08:02 AM
Roo it might be a good idea (once the season starts) to ring the hunt Secretary up and ask when the next childrens meet is. These meets are organised especially for children or newcomers to hunting. The gallops are shorter and the jumps are small and optional. There will also be extra supervision so you'll have someone to help if you get stuck.
Don't get your horse too fit before you go. It's better to do less and have a safe day ;)
10th May 2010, 11:15 AM
How is too fit? - At the moment I ride him every day for 1 - 3 hours completley depending but he always does atleast an hour.
13th May 2010, 07:43 AM
Hi again Roo. If your horse is getting plenty of work and is already fit, then don't be tempted to feed heating feed. You need him to be as sensible as you can get him on his first time hunting :)
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