Retired fox hunter here looking forward to 1st hunter trial with a new hunt. A few questions on the finer points of tests and turnout to help us have a successful outing.
- For the lead over fence, assuming you drop one side of the rail, do you drop it so the horse is on the high or low side of the rail when led over? Do you lead over at the walk, or jog and have them trot over? Are you ideally supposed to jump at the same time with the person at the horse shoulder, or does the person go first and horse follows behind? Do you circle and replace the rail on the backside?
- Could someone walk me through gate opening/closing in detail? I’m sure there is a proper procedure that the judges are hoping to see. Barging though and grasping wildly are probably not it. My hunt didn’t have gates so I’ve never had the chance to observe an expert.
- Do you carry a hunt whip on course? I was planing to carry the handle (assuming it comes into play with the gate?) but take off the lash. Is this correct?
- Do you wear your sandwich case/flask as you would for hunting?
Thanks in advance, I’m feeling rather nervous even though it seems fairly straightforward.