Nervous is a word I would use to describe how I felt this morning. Exciting and anxious would work as well but I headed out for the 1.5 hour drive to Flint Hill, VA area for my first ever fox hunting experience this morning. If it weren’t for the ever SO comfy dress shirt Horse Country, see Dressing for the Hunt sponsored me and the second skin and oh so good for maintaining my seat FITS Breeches, see Innovative Riding Breeches I would have not known what to do!
Gus Forbush, Joint Master of Old Dominion Hounds, was kind enough to invite me to join the field this day. I sadly have not ridden since our Patrolling with the Mounted Police episode this past July and before that it was the beginning of June the morning we left the west coast for Virginia! Needless to say, I knew I was going to be sore but ready for it! I rode, Mountain Lad, a 15 year-old Thoroughbred with a heart of gold. I felt like a child again galloping across the countryside up and down hills!
About 30 minutes in, we were blessed with a viewing of the fox. He ran over the hill, towards us hilltoppers, saw us, stopped at about 100 yards and cunningly paused to take us in before springing off to his right. Of course, per usual, we did not catch a fox but enjoyed the chase.
This has inspired me to get into the ring and get some basic jumping lessons. I’m sure Morgan would be proud to read that comment! LOL!