Written by Dasha Morgan / Above photo courtesy DonWestPhotos.com
The age-old sport of fox hunting may have mellowed with modernity in some respects—but it remains a challenging, exciting affair.
Fox hunting is about a chase, an afternoon with mother nature, on your horse, following excited, barking hounds across various terrain.
All ages and dispositions seem to enjoy the sport once they experience it. And even if you don’t ride, it is a treat to participate in the activity. Observers can watch the hounds, the horses, and the riders galloping across the hillside or over a bridge, perhaps jumping a log or fence.
It is quite a colorful, action-laced spectacle to see. To some, chasing a fox across a field, over a stream, and into the woods on their horse behind a pack of hounds with a group of friends, is incredibly exciting, challenging, and fun. They must always stay alert, as abruptly they might have to stop—the hounds have lost the scent of the fox, the coyote, or even perhaps a bobcat has suddenly changed directions. (Yes, despite the sport’s name, all these animals can be chased on a fox hunt, but not deer.) And it enjoys enduring popularity in the Western North Carolina region.
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