Turnout and Tack Etiquette

        Your horse should be well groomed and trimmed with his mane pulled neatly.
        In the winter, it is a good idea to clip him. There are many types of clips from which to choose - from trace clips to full body clips. If you plan to do anything more than quietly hilltop, you should have him shod either with borium or have his shoes drilled for studs. The paved roads can be extremely slippery, as is the ground when very dry or frozen.

        As for tack, keep it clean, simple, and in good repair. Use only what you need.

        Snaffle, pelham, and double bridles with a simple caveson are traditional, but use whatever it takes to control your horse - figure 8 or drop nosebands, gags, etc. Braided, laced or rubber reins give you a better grip when your horse sweats or it rains. Colored or ornamental brow bands are not acceptable.

        Use a martingale, breast plate or breast collar if necessary.

        Jumping, all-purpose and cross-country saddles are well suited for the type of country over which we ride. Dressage saddles are too constrictive. Make sure the saddle fits the horse. Several hours of hunting in an ill-fitting saddle are certain to produce a sore back. Saddle pads may be contour or square and should be conservative in color - white (preferable) or black. Please, no bright colors, jungle motifs, etc.

        If you need extra leg protection, use leather or neoprene boots with either buckles or Velcro closings. If you use bell boots, use the ribbed pull-on boots. The ones with Velcro closings don't stay on very well for hunting. No polo wraps! They are extremely dangerous if they come loose while galloping across country.

        Fly hoods and ear and muzzle covers are not appropriate in the hunt field.