A Hunting We Will Go


It’s been a

First Hunt of the Season
This was the first time this fall that I’ve been able to hunt.
Zelda after she rolled.
Zelda after the hunt and after she had the chance to roll in the sand.

This fall has been busy. What with travel and work and the threat of ground bees, I haven’t had the chance to hunt. I almost didn’t make it today. I slept a bit late, discovered there was no hitch on the truck when I went to hitch the trailer and then, there was the weather. The forecast was rain. I hate hunting in the rain because it’s hard to see out of my glasses.

However, I soldiered on. The hunt was so close to where I keep my horses that I really had no excuse. Then I arrived at the hunt and discovered that the zipper on my right boot was stuck.

Hacking home
Despite the forecasted rain, the weather was excellent for hunting. Cool and a bit of a mist, which left horses and hounds energized.

Luckily, I had just bought a new pair of boots and had brought them along (premonition?). It isn’t ideal to wear new boots for the first time out hunting, but I escaped with only some minor rubs.

Zelda was a good girl. She was a bit bouncy at first but by the time we reached the first check, she was starting to slow down and actually trotted a bit. I always have to laugh at her because while she strenuously objects to any kind of collection in the ring, out hunting she can practically canter in place.

The hunt was about six miles.
The hunt was about six miles. It’s a nice territory with some big open fields, a good run by the river and only a few places where ground bees lurked.

 

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4 thoughts on “A Hunting We Will Go

  1. It’s a real throw back! One of the main differences, though, is that we don’t hunt a real fox. We have “human foxes” who go out early in the morning and lay a scent for the hounds to follow.

  2. Robin

    I’m new to your site and am really enjoying following your adventures. I learned about ground bees as last weekend I had hacked out with a friend and ran into a hive! Never knew they existed before… my friend went to the emergency room and I had 4 stings that I nursed at home. Thank goodness they didn’t swell bad! 🙂

    1. Hi Robin, Welcome to Equine Ink. Glad to have you as a reader. One of my biggest fears is that someone out in the woods will have a severe reaction to a bee sting while we are far from help. Sometimes people (and horses) can be stung multiple times! I hope your friend was alright. Bad enough to nurse four stings at home!

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