• Always follow instructions of the Field Master, and do not overtake him or her and stay behind him or her at all times
  • Always give way to the Huntsman, Whipper-in, hounds, Masters and the Hunt Quad bike at all times – move out of the way to let them past if necessary, turning your horse to face them in order to avoid risk of being in the way or worse still kicking them
  • Always turn your horse to face hounds if they come close to you so as to minimise risk of kicking a hound. To kick a hound is a heinous sin on the hunting field! Should this unfortunate event take place, please ensure that you advise the Master immediately
  • Do not join the Huntsman, Whipper In and the Hounds at any time
  • If you hear the person in front shout 'gate please' this should be repeated in turn to the person behind you. Should you be the last in line then please stop and shut the gate. If the Huntsman or Master comes to a closed gate it is courteous to jump off and offer to open it for them
  • Do not get too close to the horse in front as you might get kicked
  • Do not crowd gateways or jumps; if you refuse at a jump get out of the way as quickly as possible and await your turn
  • Ensure that passing cars are allowed through and do not block roads if at all possible
  • Wait after passing through a narrow gap or gate in order that the next horse can negotiate the passage safely
  • If someone falls off or needs to dismount, for a gate for instance, wait with them so that their horse stands still to enable them to re-mount
  • Do not ride on crops or on Countryside Stewardship Strips
  • If passing through a field with cattle or sheep, ensure that you go slowly so as not to panic them
  • Only join the Huntsman and Hounds if invited to do so. Normally please stay behind the Field Master at all times
  • Please let the Field Master know if you damage a fence or jump so that it can be repaired
  • If bringing out a novice or nervous horse, tie a green ribbon around his tail to warn others. If your horse has been known to kick then tie a red ribbon around his tail and ensure that you stay at the back of the field and a good distance from others. A horse that is out of control should not be brought onto the hunting field as it can present a danger to both its rider and to others
  • Please thank cars which slow, stop or may have been held up on the roads and please ensure this is done with an open hand and not one holding your whip
  • When coming to a Meet please check parking arrangements with the Hunt Secretaries in advance as not all meets allow parking
  • When arriving at a Meet, it is good manner to say "Good Morning Master" when you arrive and seek out the Secretary to hand over your Cap or Field Money
  • When you leave to go home say "Goodnight Master" and thank them for the day. They do an enormous amount behind the scenes for the love of the sport and the enjoyment of those participating




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