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NaughtyNeigh2

First Time Hunting :)

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We had a quiet meet in our village today, so decided to take him for his first morning's proper outing out with the hunt.

We went for a short introduction out cubbing at the newcomers meet back in October, but didn't really stick around for long, only tagged along through 2 or 3 fields in walk mostly then came back as we missed the meet so decided to just tag along [originally had gone just to stand around at the meet to see hounds etc]. Good as gold then, though did get excited when we caught up with the hounds finally [which was just as we were heading home on our own], but we hadn't seen the hounds at all till that point and then went home when we did see them for a short stint.

Anyway, long story short. Behaved like a little old pro. He is entire still, and although never colt-ish and normally well behaved, I wasn't quite sure what he'd make of hunting. He was however, a complete angel. We stood at the meet with no fidgeting, fine with hounds running round him, no interest in what the other horses were doing at all....even if one was bouncing along or fidgeting or overtook him, didn't change his attitude whatsoever.

I decided to stay at the back, as it was very boggy out so mostly just walked and trotted our way through - though did have a few nice open canters on a couple of hills. I thought best for us to tuck in at the back so we helped gate shutters when we could, as he was happy to wait patiently and easier for me to get on and off on a few tricky gates with him being so short!

So yes, super pleased and amazed at him. He's a level headed chap most times, but worries a bit with other horses as he is bottom of the pecking order with anything virtually and has stuck with him a bit so he just likes to keep himself out the way. We spent the day loose on the reins and mostly plodded along on the buckle and left him to it to sort his feet out over the ground as it was rather poached and boggy! Went through a stream or two too.

Piccies :) No interesting ones though! Just meet ones a friend took, and a few snaps of the hounds in the distance working.

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1)weather was crisp and sunny whilst we were out.

2) about 5 layers on top under jacket!

3) snow! It snowed quite hard all night but didn't really settle much apart from a few higher fields.

:)

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are you drag hunting? I thought fox hunting was outlawed in the U.K. some years ago (with the result that there are now too many foxes!!)

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No. Fox hunting still continues, just through loop holes in the ban. The hounds can only flush it out I believe or something along them lines. hunts still go on like normal.

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I can't picture how that works. what kind of a bird is it? to be able to take out an adult fox it would need to have a pretty decent wingspan and very powerful talons right?

I used to live in southern California where he hunted coyote (never caught one in the 8 years I hunted there--they were far smarter than the hounds we were running). I never really understood the whole fox hunting controversy when it started in the u.k. my british friends (who hunt) told me it was primarily a bunch of malcontents who also engaged in terrorist type activities while trying to interfere with the chase, and that they were jealous of what they viewed as a "gentrified" sport. on the other hand you would hear accounts of an old and sickly fox getting "torn apart" alive by the pack on the media.

live hunting was banned in Germany by the time I got here in 93. I drag hunted a couple of times a year for a while but got bored with it.

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