Unt­ing eti­quette is the un­writ­ten code as­so­ci­ated with the sport which en­sures hunt day is both safe and en­joy­able for every­one. Many of the tra­di­tions in­clude com­mon cour­tesy. Ar­riv­ing at a hunt day, it’s nor­mal to greet the Master and when landowners ar

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are fol­low­ing a horse you are con­fi­dent will jump. Al­ways try to stay in sen­si­ble places. You must al­ways try to leave fresh ground for hounds to scent, so you don’t ever want to be rid­ing over ground they are likely to work.

If a hunts­man or the hunt is rid­ing to­wards you, you must al­ways turn your horse’s nose to face them, never his bot­tom. That’s es­pe­cially im­por­tant if hounds go down a race: you should halt, turn your pony’s nose to­wards them and give them room. “That’s an eti­quette that is so of­ten miss­ing,” be­lieves Sarah. “Many times when I’ve been whip­ping-in I’ve been try­ing to get down a race­way and it’s just crammed with peo­ple who won’t let you can­ter through.” Learn­ing to open and shut gates while mounted is an es­sen­tial skill if you want to

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