Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Epic Day Foxhunting

First off, thanks everyone for your well-wishes! Hubby and I spent the weekend on the couch with our delicious antibiotics and are both feeling nearly 100%.

Since we were obviously not up to hunting this weekend, these pics are actually from LAST weekend (how do I get so behind, anyway?). We had a super awesome day out with the hounds - fast hunt, perfect weather (if you like good Irish weather), and great company, although we didn't have any Tally Ho's.

Getting ready to head out. Another perfect day - cool, breezy, with just a hint of rain. Hubby is adjusting Brego's breastplate.

All the horses were pretty amped up for the first few gallops - we played bumper cars with some of the less experienced mounts, but everyone stayed on board. Paddy also learned that some mares do not appreciate geldings in close proximity, lol!

Paddy watches the hounds work this copse of trees. The tiny grey dot is the huntsmistress.

We ended up going first flight since there really was no second flight. Since first flight jumps 3' coops to get from one field to another, and I haven't jumped Paddy since his injury this summer, I took him around through the gates. This meant we ended up traveling significantly more distance that the rest of the horses. Good thing that a) the Haffie can keep up with the TBs and b) I can actually gallop in a dressage saddle!!!

Nice butt(s)!

Hubby eventually decided to try one of the coops, with a bonus overhanging branch. Brego was a star, as usual.

Hubby had to duck for this one!

The boys were quite steamy after our hard gallops, and once we were back at the trailer realized that Brego doesn't yet have a fleece of his own. He had to borrow Paddy's.

Brego is not really a size 75. 

We've really come to love foxhunting season - it's so much fun to just let the horses open up. It's also REALLY nice to have two solid citizens when you're hunting. Such good boys!

28 comments:

  1. Riding a good, solid citizen can make all the difference! Glad you guys had fun :)

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    1. Oh yes... Some of the TBs are a lot of horse out there. I'm glad to have our boys!

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  2. where do you guys hunt? is it near home? it would be really neat to get some AE'ers out!

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    1. Near Brenham. Drop me a line at jen jobst at gmail dot com and I'll put you in touch with the huntsmistress!

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  3. oh yeah that might be a little small lol

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  4. I'm so jealous right now I can't even handle it.

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    1. I can totally set you up if you wanna go...

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  5. aww poor brego is busting out of that cooler. sounds like a ton of fun tho - and awesome that your hubby went for the coop :) i'm a bit jealous haha

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    1. Yeah he has the most awesome hunt horse!

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  6. I would really like to give it a try one day. It seems like so much fun!

    Monty and Harlow

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  7. Yeah, your horses are fabulous. :-) They just sound like fun to get out with.

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    1. They totally are, but so is Courage!

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  8. Such fun! I loved hunting. Your guys look like tons of fun and that you get to share that with your husband is great.

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    1. Hunting is just amazing! It's so much fun it probably should be illegal!

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  9. I love hunting for educating horses on crowd control - never road in a hunt myself, but was very glad when a rider i trusted wanted to take Kika out. She loved it, sadly Nancy came to Lux before she could have the pleasure

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    1. It can make some horses very strong but for others it's such a great opportunity to get out and just GO! So much fun!

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  10. I am so jealous! This looks like a blast!

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  11. Looks like so much fun!! I totally want to fox hunt one day.

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  12. As always, I'm wildly jealous. And I LOVE Brego. Look at that chunky!

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  13. FUN FUN!! Glad yall are feeling better too!

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