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Tomorrow I am leading the Hilltopper field for the hunt — so today I went out to ride the territory so I don’t get lost. It’s one thing to get lost when out on your own or with a friend or two; it’s an entirely different matter when you are leading a field full of […]

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The glow of a good hunt

Perfect fall day + well behaved horse + excellent hounds = a special feeling of contentment. Long after the adrenalin fades, a great hunt leaves you feeling good about your partnership with your horse, the camaraderie of your friends, and the beauty of your surroundings. Today I hunted Zelda and she was seduced by the […]

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Did I mention that I hate ground bees?

As I sit and nurse my swollen, itchy elbow I am thankful that I was only stung once yesterday. It could have been worse. My friend Suzanne (Confessions of an AA Event Rider) was stung six times! Yesterday would have been a very fun hunt — in fact, much of it was quite fun — […]

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Bees! Run!

It’s always a relief when the deer flies go dormant at the end of August. Unfortunately, in early September, they are often replaced by ground bees. Unlike the Deer Flies, you don’t get them every ride, but when you run into them, it can be very disruptive. This past Saturday, we had a hunt in […]

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Back in the hunt field and very happy

It was the first day of the fall season and I don’t know who had more fun today, Freedom or me. It’s so nice to ride a horse that enjoys his job! As soon as he heard the hounds, Freedom grew about three inches and launched himself into the air. He cantered in place. He […]

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The gift of a horse to hunt

This week I’ve been very lucky and two friends gave me the gift of letting me hunt their horses. And I’ve still got this big old grin on my face from the treat. I have been feeling hunt deprived. I’m not horse deprived — I have Sheldon to ride, Curly to help get fit and […]

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