The Last Hunt of 2017

I haven’t had the chance to hunt much this fall, but Zelda and I managed to catch the last two Saturday hunts of the season. Last week the day was seasonably chilly and gray. Zelda was as brisk as the weather and her exuberance was hard to contain — I chose to ride sweep, bringing […]

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Huntswoman vs. Saboteur

A British huntswoman was filmed recently in a tussle with balaclava-masked hunt saboteurs. From what I can hear on the video, the saboteurs were on private land protesting the hunt (which, by the way, was a drag hunt not a live hunt). The hunter rode toward the man telling him to leave private land. In […]

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The Hounds are Blessed

The Blessing of the Hounds is a hunting tradition that was begun in Europe by St. Hubert of Liege, who later became the patron saint of hunters. It came to this country with the colonists. Our foxhunting club has seen several interpretations of this ancient practice, with the blessing performed by many denominations, including a […]

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Hunting under a Big Sky

Sometimes I feel guilty about hunting on a Tuesday morning. Today, I wrestled with my conscience because there was work piling up. But after several days of rain, the beautiful day beckoned. I’m glad I rode under the big sky. Freedom felt good and we came back tired and relaxed. This hunt territory is one […]

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A Hunting We Will Go

It’s been a 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 […]

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Getting Fit

The end of my summer was busy. And it didn’t include a lot of riding. So now I need to get myself and the equines in shape for hunting. Pronto. The only way to do that is to cover some miles. Right now I’m riding the horses about five miles per day doing walk/trot intervals. […]

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How long does it take to restart an OTTB?

We all read stories about the people who buy a race horse off the track and a few months later are cantering around a Training level course. My experience is that it takes a bit longer. Sometimes quite a lot longer. It depends on your ability as a trainer, it depends on how much time […]

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