The painfully early mornings are worth it when you're following hounds at the most magical time of the day

The painfully early mornings are worth it when you're following hounds at the most magical time of the day.

Posted by Amy Bryan Dowell on

Alarm set for 3:30am, I for one am definitely NOT the best person in the morning until I have had a very strong coffee, all you are likely to get out of me is the odd grunt, but what could be better way to start your morning than following hounds under a pink sky as the sun rises on a misty autumn morning, or riding across country in a landscape where everything is a mixture of the most beautiful golden colours. I love nothing more than sitting on my horse, watching the young hounds (my puppies) learn from the older ones, as...

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Fifty Shades of Grace

Posted by Grace Maxwell Murphy on

Chapter 1: Ledbury Hunting Trip As I drummed my freshly painted nails (hunting red of course) on the shiny glass table in impatient anticipation of the clock chiming for 1 o'clock I dreamed of what tomorrow might bring. A few months previous a few of us had thrown around the idea of going to England and hunting with the Ledbury. Having not really materialised, the invention of ‘whats app’ group quickly focused peoples mind and before we knew it there were 11 of us booked and going. In the weeks preceding we all regularly exchanged our thoughts on what it...

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Prepare for Show Season with TOHH

Posted by Amy Bryan Dowell on

As spring arrives, many of us will be hanging up our hunt coats and turning their thoughts to the coming show season. Competition schedules begin to arrive through your letter box and riders get excited about the prospect of showing off their horses abilities and competing with their friends. Then you take a look at your showing gear and you realise its all looking a little tired, dull and worn out, look no further than TOHH.                                         Knowing exactly what you need to wear will put your mind at ease about the prospect of your upcoming show. This means organisation! Bowler Hat When...

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How to plaiting a tail for hunting

Posted by Amy Bryan Dowell on

(Photo Credit Eleanor Joseph) Do you ever look at someone’s tail out on the hunting field and think WOW. A neatly plaited tail accentuates a horses hindquarters, Stops a muddy tail flapping in-between the horses legs and would stop the tail getting caught up on anything. It also adds to the overall picture of refinement and elegance. Here are some tips on how to plait your horse’s tail like a pro. To get a good plait, you must have a good tail to start with, begin with a freshly shampooed tail, you can use a styling spray to get grip...

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Commonly heard terms while out hunting.

Posted by Amy Bryan Dowell on

A few of the most commonly heard terms out hunting explained. Cap - The daily charge for non-subscribers (Please offer your cap, do not wait to be asked for it) Casting - When hounds are looking for the line they are said to be “casting”. The Huntsman may direct the hounds then he is casting. Check - When the hounds lose the line. Couple - Two hounds. Also two collars linked on a chain seen hanging on the hunt staff's saddles. Covert - Pronounced “cover” - the place where the huntsman thinks the line might begin. Draw - To send...

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