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Hounds

Epp Wilson, MFH wrote this piece for members of the Belle Meade Hunt (GA). Foxhunting Life subscriber Howard Benson suggested that Epp’s recommendations deserve wider distribution. We agree. What follows is a sympathetic, timely, and heartfelt message as only Epp can deliver it!

epp and hounds crop.gianniniMaster and huntsman Epp Wilson and the Belle Meade hounds / Lauren Giannini photo

The hound-roading or exercise season is a good time to bring out green horses—or horses otherwise not used to hunting and hounds bolting out of the bushes and dashing at them from behind.

It is a lot easier for green horses to process surprises now, while we are just exercising hounds than it is when we are hunting, and their minds are already overwhelmed with the mental challenges of a coyote chase. Frequently the inexperienced horse is already at wit’s end during a coyote run, so, of course, he is more likely to kick a hound.

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# Lauren Giannini 2016-08-28 18:06
This is great advice - and Epp's description of Chaser flat-footing the 5-foot wire fence and taking off made me laugh out loud - poor baby!!! Norm: it's an honor to have my photo of Master-Huntsman Epp schmoozing his hounds illustrate "In All Fairness To Horse & Hound" - thank you!
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# Cheryl Microutsicos 2016-08-31 09:03
I recently attended a hunt camp/clinic put on by Deep Run Hunt in Virginia. I have been hunting for over 10 years, but my young horse has not, so it was totally worth it to get him out in a mock hunt situation, and expose him to the hounds in a controlled environment. All the horses did well and benefited from it.
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# Gina Arcate, MFH 2017-02-02 08:40
Nice article, Epp!
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