A Fun Day out Hunting

A fun Day foxhunting

In New England we can be blessed with a few warm days in November. Last Saturday, we were blessed with one: sunny and low 50s, with perfect footing. Even better, the territory was only a few miles from my barn.

Zelda was in fine form. With the help of our Butterfly Pelham her exuberance was mostly under control, happy to be out following the hounds. One of Zelda’s best features is her canter. She is incredibly comfortable and, out in the hunt field, she can practically canter in place. While many of my fellow Hilltoppers spent most of the hunt trotting, Zelda and I bobbed along full of power. It’s so much easier on my bad knees that I appreciate her gaits — just don’t ask for that collected canter at home. Zelda would tell you that it’s absolutely impossible.

Watch the hunt go by on the causeway down to the river.

The hunt was exhilarating, exhausting and absolute fun. To ride behind the hounds is such a sensory experience — you need to be completely in the moment, aware of everything around you, pay attention to the hounds (you don’t want to miss them following the scent) and don’t forget the horses around you! No wonder Zelda and I both wanted to take a nap when we got back.

Looking out over the field at the first check.
The hounds gather around the huntsman.
Relaxing at the check.
This territory takes us through some splendid open fields. I need to get a GoPro so I can capture the speed of the galloping stretches.
Zelda was pretty hot and tired by the end!
The hunt was a bit over six miles. Not that long, but probably enough for such a warm day.

3 thoughts on “A Fun Day out Hunting

  1. My hunt is a drag hunt, so the hounds are only chasing a scent laid down by human foxes. Occasionally the hounds will go after deer and I believe once they caught a turkey :).

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