Fox Hunting Life with Horse and Hound

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Fox Hounds

andy bozdan3Huntsman Andy Bozdan at the Tennessee Valley HuntWhen I was learning to whip-in I would watch the huntsman and the way he effortlessly walked his pack out in the spring and summer. This particular spring the swallows had arrived early and would flit low across the fields in front of hounds. To my surprise he let his hounds chase them.

Keen to learn, I asked why he did not want me to turn hounds back. He said that this was their time off, and he wanted them to relax and unwind.

A few months later we were out for our first early morning cubhunting. Hounds were held up for a few minutes at the meet and then we move off across a huge stubble field toward our first draw. Huntsman and hounds were halfway across the field when out of nowhere came several swallows flitting down and in front of hounds!

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# Nancy Mitchell 2013-03-28 11:21
What?? A huntsman who actually admitted an oops?
# Dulany Noble 2013-03-28 11:27
Any huntsman/woman who thinks he or she knows everything about hunting obviously doesn't! I think most huntsmen always can learn something new and seek out knowledge, read and talk about hunting all the time to learn how to do things better the next time out.
# Andy Bozdan 2013-03-28 15:38
Nancy,they do exist! Honest! Think the best ones are the ones who do admit they occassionly get it wrong and are not perfect!
# Karyn Wilson 2013-03-28 16:19
Andy, great and honest article! We are looking forward to you and Erin joining us in May!
# Sandra Dixon 2013-03-28 16:46
LOVE IT!! Yes we do make mistakes, and yes it does take a special huntsman to admit an "OOPS". Sandy Dixon
# Denya Massey 2013-04-06 16:06
The swallows are beautiful to watch sailing around your horse, and great bug catchers. Never imagined them interfering with hounds! Charming vignette, thanks for sharing.

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