They did not have a Hilltop field at this hunt, since it was a smaller group of riders, so I got to ride in Second Field the entire hunt. I was really pleased about this, because I was sort of dreading the idea of being stuck in Hilltop. Dreamy was fantastic the entire hunt and we were very comfortable the entire time. We rode towards the back (there were two horses behind us) so we got to pick and choose our jumps. We ended up jumping everything anyway, including a a three foot+ coop that didn't look that big until we were literally in mid-air. I was like, "Oh crap!" LOL!! Dreamy jumped it fine, but I don't regularly jump her over 2'9" and I try to limit the number of times we jump per week/month. I really don't like overjumping my old girl, but come to think of it, I don't like when anyone jumps ANY horse too much.
Anyway, best quote of the day... We had the stirrup cup right after the line of coops, the last one being that 3 footer. While relaxing, I remarked on the height of it, and a fellow hunter said, "Yeah, but you ride Training level though, right? " implying that three feet is not really that high at that level. (Training level is 3'3").
Uhhhhhhhh...no we ride Beginner Novice I told her! LMAO!! WHOOPS! :-D
|Tacking up - far left|
|Headed out to the field|
|Such a gorgeous day!|
|One of the first holds - let me eat grass!|
|Another hold - Dreamy loves watching the hounds work!|
|Another hold - it was SO MUGGY! You can see the horse's steaming.|
|Dreamy knows the hounds are over the hill.|
|End of the hunt! And it is a good thing, because the sun came out and it got hot very quickly!|
|You KNOW it was a good hunt when your boots look like this afterward! :-D|