Almost back to Normal

Last October, Freedom’s problem with intermittent lameness came to a head. I trailered him an hour an a half to a glorious hunter pace only to find that he was so uncomfortable that I turned around and hacked him home after two miles. If you’ve been reading along with the blog, you’ll remember that I […]

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Hunter Pacing

It was a hot, steamy early summer day. But a great time to be out riding with friends. Today was our hunt club’s Spring Hunter Pace. In case you’ve never been to one, teams of riders go out and follow a prescribed course trying to approximate a hunting pace. The team that comes closest to […]

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Five Minutes Too Fast

On Sunday Freedom and I rode in a Hunter Pace. For those of you who haven’t the chance to try a Pace event, it’s a timed ride that replicates a fox hunt. A team of riders sets an “ideal” pace and each team tries to replicate it, without knowing exactly how long the ride will […]

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I didn’t recognize your horse

Today Freedom and I participated in a Hunter Pace. For the uninitiated, a Hunter Pace is a timed ride where you try to come the closest to an “optimum” pace that is set either by a specific team or by averaging the scores of different riders. There are different ways to calculate the optimum time […]

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Let’s play poker

Today was our hunt club’s Poker Ride. For those of you who haven’t participated in this type of riding event, a Poker Ride is like a Hunter Pace where you are not timed (you can ride at any pace) and you pick up chips along the way. At the end of the ride you trade […]

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Zelda’s long day

Today was one of those perfect early summer days. Low 70s, no  humidity, a nice breeze and bright sunshine. Zelda and I set off this morning with Charlie and Marianne, meeting our friend Meta and her cute pony Ruby to ride in a hunter pace. After so many hunting disappointments — work conflicts, rain — […]

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A Hunter Pace to Remember

Today I had such a treat! I rode in Norfolk Hound’s Westport Hunter Pace, an event that I’ve heard about for years. It did not disappoint. If Walt Disney was going to design a Hunter Pace ride, he would be hard pressed to come up with something better. Picture this: 65 degrees and sunny with […]

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