Fox Hunting Life with Horse and Hound

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winegar.karen_and_shadowKarin Winegar writes:

I'd like to see someone address the irritating practice of riders using Blackberries, I-phones, etc. during a hunt. The first time I saw it was in Aiken last year, when several young members immediately pulled out their devices after the ride--effectively excluding themselves from the post hunt joie de vivre and conversation. I was sad to see this. Have MFHs addressed it?”

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+3 # J. Harris Anderson 2011-05-24 06:30
Perhaps the initiative needs to come from us oldsters to encourage more post-hunt participation. Seek out the kids and strike up a conversation. Ask them what part of the hunt they found most thrilling, or challenging, or boring. Ask if they have any questions about how the day's sport was conducted. Any questions about etiquette. Call everyone at the tailgate to attention and recognize all the juniors who were out that day in a public forum. Few young people can be expected to make the effort to relate to their elders without a bit of encouragement, particularly when most of them are so fixated on their electronic communication gadgets. The initiative for greater inclusivity has to come from us.
+1 # Marianne Sobchak 2011-05-24 08:07
You could say that they wanted to let their friends know what a wonderful time they had. I have seen adults who are on the phones and texting the minute they get to the horse trailers. We are in the age of technology and somewhere along the way we lost the touch of human contact. We do need to include aduts and juniors in post hunt gatherints. I would rather hear the hounds rather then a cell phone ring. Marianne Sobchak

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