Yesterday while out hunting my horse and I got whiplashed terribly all hunt long. So this is a PSA about keeping up in the hunt field. I think this is a problem in every hunt.
Properly keeping up in the hunt field means you are one horse length from the horse in front of you. Keeping up does not mean you can see the field in front of you. If the field is walking and you keep trotting up then you are not keeping up. If the field is trotting and you keep cantering up then you are need keeping up. Why is this an issue? Because you are making life miserable for the horses and riders behind you. A horse that does not keep up is a training issue. Train your horse to keep up as a kindness to other riders in the field. It’s not hard to do. I have a young horse that would prefer just to lag behind. I work with him every time he hacks out in company. He’s learned. Any horse can learn to keep up. If your horse can’t keep up then he should be at the back of the field regardless of whether you have colors or not.
The other thing that seems to be problematic around the hunts are people who are trying to arrange the field. The “my horse has to ride with this horse”, “I need to be behind this horse”, “my horse doesn’t like horses close behind (as they are riding in the middle of the field)” This means you end up with problematic “special” horses in the middle of the field. Again, if you horse is “special” put him in the back of the field and be courteous and considerate of the other members or guests who are out hunting.