- Gretchen Pelham
The View From Down Here
This past weekend for the Tennessee Valley Hunt was just another regular foxhunt for everyone else, but for the Best Hunt Horse to Ever Carry a Rider it was a milestone! [Gretchen’s Note: Oh, for Pete’s sake. Can you please dial down your ego so it will fit inside the barn?] Put a sock in it, Wench. I’m proud of myself, and you won’t discourage me.
I was a hireling this weekend for an 8 year old girl who had never hunted before, never ridden me before, and I suspect never been outside of a ring either. I’ve been hunted by several Juniors, but they always have taken lessons on me first. I want to be sure they know certain things before I take them out hunting, and I don’t trust That Woman to teach them. [Gretchen’s Note: I warn every kid that gets on you that you will whine and throw a temper tantrum like a toddler if they so much as twitch the reins. I have never let any random kid hunt you before so you wouldn’t scare them silly when you start in your complaining about, “My reins! My mouth! My nose! It burns! It pulls! Oh, I’m gonna die!!!!” But you’ve mellowed in the last two years, so it was time to try you out as a hireling.]