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    Talking Big up to Highmoor North bloodhounds !

    Wow , I have just popped my hunting cherry and had the best time ever! It exceeded my expectations and I think horse has found his true calling . A friend recommended the bloodhounds to me as I love the idea of hunting but not the killing of animals bit, even if it's accidental . That's just not my bag , if it's yours , that's fair do's .
    Travelled just over an hour , was met and helped into my parking space . Tacked up and rode along to the start point , don't know what the correct term is . The hunt secretary introduced herself and took my cap , and gave me a little shot of port which went down a treat . Everyone was so friendly and welcoming, much more so than a lot of other horsey events I've been to , it made for a refreshing change . The bloodhounds were brilliant , not as shouty as I'd expected , horse wasn't bothered one little bit by them . Rode over some fantastic ground , great jumps on the route , although I only jumped one as most of them were too big for me . Horse could have managed them but I wanted to take it easy for my first time, and I'd get wrong off partner / family / spinal surgeon , if I come off . I usually have good brakes on horse and had changed bits in the event of him being excited. I underestimated how keen he was , oops, he was having the time of his life ! We weren't dangerous or reckless, just fast , we kept up with the rest , hurrah ! When we got back there was sandwiches and hot drinks to enjoy with the other riders . We had an amazing time , only one hairy moment , I caught a leather on a post and needed up losing it . I had no idea it had come off- don't have much feeling in legs (t12 incomplete paraplegic) pesky webbers , thankfully my lovely ride partner/ yard owner saw it come off and got off and retrieved it. Typically it had landed in the middle of a big muddy puddle . I ended up ride his neck and started to slide but managed to shufty myself back into the saddle . Cries of , " well sat," rang out . We got a bit behind but caught up .
    Seek out Highmoor North Bloodhounds on Facebook , they also have a nice website . I wish there were more bloodhounds in the north east as I'd seek them out and get involved . Sorry for babbling , I'm still in the post hunt buzz. Anyway , best get my best boots cleaned , they are caked with mud, jods are pebble dashed with charts too , but It was totally worth it , great fun .
    Thankyou Highmoor North Bloodhounds , look forward to seeing all you lovely people again

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    Default Re: Big up to Highmoor North bloodhounds !

    I'm so glad you had such a great time. All hunts now - regardless of name - are basically in the entertainment industry. Folk pay for a cracking good ride in lovely country. Different types of hunt have different speeds over different country. But the bottom line is a great day out. So glad you enjoyed yourself and the community has another hunt convert!

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    Default Re: Big up to Highmoor North bloodhounds !

    Thankyou kindly Shay I am aching all over today , think the horses massage mitt will be coming home from yard today for my muscles ! I'm most certainly converted to bloodhounds , magnificent dogs , a fun day out over some beautiful land . I've taken part in endurance / pleasure rides but the competition element means people are pushing on rather than all sticking together and really loooking out for each other . I really enjoyed that aspect and in the words of Arnie , " I'll be back."

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    Default Re: Big up to Highmoor North bloodhounds !

    I am in awe of you for getting out there and doing that. Sounds like you had an amazing time!

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    Default Re: Big up to Highmoor North bloodhounds !

    I'm in Cleveland so the Highmoor is my local pack if I ever get brave enough to go. It sounds as though it would be lots of fun if I do! Do you think you're going to go again?

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    Default Re: Big up to Highmoor North bloodhounds !

    Thankyou Leo Walker, I can honestly say it was one of the best experiences I've had with the hoss , partly because I knew he was having such fun ! I like to give him a mixed bag of activities so he doesn't get bored of doing the same old same old . Since passing my towing test last year and buying a little second hand trailer ( which took years to save for ) we can get out and about . Lost my confidence a bit after he went over the breach bar on our first outing �� I'm lucky to have a super supportive yard owner , and fellow liveries are a MASSIVE help too as my partner is a horsephobic after one almost killed me .

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    Default Re: Big up to Highmoor North bloodhounds !

    Iíve been out with the Highmoor North a few times and itís brilliant. Really friendly people and very good fun. Lots of canters/gallops in fields and not just hours of trotting on roads like elsewhere.

    Hepsibah join the Facebook page and get yourself along, even if you follow on foot to see what you think first. Everyoneís very nice and helpful.

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    Default Re: Big up to Highmoor North bloodhounds !

    Quote Originally Posted by Hepsibah View Post
    I'm in Cleveland so the Highmoor is my local pack if I ever get brave enough to go. It sounds as though it would be lots of fun if I do! Do you think you're going to go again?
    I can't wait to go again but will have to wait until there's one closer to me as most are over two hours away and that's too far for me to tow , especially after having my arms pulled out the whole way . Go for it , they're a super friendly bunch , if you don't fancy jumping you don't have to , you can go round them . Nobody thinks any less of you for not jumping . Loved the atmosphere , everyone was happy and smiley . Go for it , there's a few left that won't be too far away for you . Go on , do it

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    Default Re: Big up to Highmoor North bloodhounds !

    Boltby at the end of the month is the next one thatís less then an hour away. I think thatís it then till next season starts. Iím looking forward to it already 😁

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    Default Re: Big up to Highmoor North bloodhounds !

    sounds like a great day.

    My little cob loved hunting more than anything else even though he had only ever been occasionally. The most I took him was our last year when he was 22/23 and had meets close enough to hack to and our local hunt were so lovely and friendly even though they only saw us once a month tops. We used to tag on with one of the older lady who was a hound expert/decided on the breedings etc so fascinating. We popped the odd small thing but didn't jump much as we didn't need to/I was a bit precious about him by then.

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