Saturday, September 10, 2011


Today was the first day of cubbing with Independence Foxhounds, the hunt that we ride with. Despite incredibly dry weather and the fires in central Texas, a good group of people made it out.

We started out second flight since the boys aren't in great shape. It was the hubby's first time hunting on Saga and they did really well together, although both Saga and Red were ON as soon as we left the trailer - they were actually both pretty fussy, but eventually settled down. Here's second flight crossing a dry stream bed (Exmoor this isn't!)

First flight gallops off after the hounds.

Passing around the flask during a break. We decided to move up with first flight at this point - they had better alcohol. ;)

Apparently, if you want to ride first flight (pictured here with hubby and Saga in the foreground) you need a large bay gelding. Who knew?

Post-hunt, with bugs stuck to our teeth! Unfortunately we saw absolutely no game - due to the dry weather the coyotes haven't been breeding and the deer population is way down - but we had a fabulous time riding with great people!

After two hours hunting, Saga's Easyboots were still on tight! We were very impressed with their performance. Red hunted barefoot all around.

On the way home, we encountered this classy vehicle. It's a John Deere riding lawnmower with a garden cart hitched to the back... the husband is driving and the wife (in the garden cart) has a huge pastel-striped golf umbrella. The occupants appeared to be on their way to the grocery store. I think I need one of these...


  1. Or we could get Red a little wagon to pull, and you'd have the same thing. But do you want to ride the lawnmower or ride in the back?

  2. AHHHH!!! I've always wanted to go hunting with them! Next time y'all go there, let me know!

  3. Looks like an absolute blast! You guys look great! We have hunter paces around here, which isn't the same, but I haven't been to one of those in a long time!

  4. Brilliant that you guys have started - though it looks just a smidgeon dry and hot(!)...Our horses are now nearly all in m/w turnouts, and the guys staying for the RRR had duvets PLUS sleeping bags, wooly hats, gloves and full sets of waterproofs...(!)