What to wear

NZ Horse & Pony - - Hunting Special -

On hunt day, says Sarah, you should wear good jod­dies, usu­ally white or cream, along with a shirt and stock. “You should use a proper, tra­di­tional hunt­ing stock, not a pre-tied one, and there are a cou­ple of rea­sons for that,” she ex­plains. “Ini­tially it was to help you stop break­ing your neck, but of course if you’re go­ing to break your neck, you’re go­ing to break your neck! But once I was out hunt­ing and my horse cut him­self re­ally badly in the wire, so I took my stock off and pres­sure-bound it. It re­ally did make a dif­fer­ence. So a proper stock is the cor­rect eti­quette and it also looks re­ally good.”

A tidy jacket is a must and while all hunts have their tra­di­tional colours, at first when you are just vis­it­ing, you won’t wear a coloured col­lar. A crash hel­met is es­sen­tial, and it’s nice if you have a black silk cover to go over the top. Later, if you start hunt­ing more se­ri­ously, you can use a hunt whip which has a han­dle to help open and close gates. Hunters don’t wear boots on their legs, be­cause of the risk of get­ting caught up in wire. The sad­dle blan­ket can be any colour, although many peo­ple have sad­dle blan­kets with a pocket, for a hip flask, wa­ter or lollies, says Sarah. ■

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