Jazz and I went on a hunt last Sept. I loved it. But then again it doesn't sound anything like the UK hunts.
There are about 10 hunts during the hunting season, and each one is held in a particular area of farms. They don't start till after most of the fields have been harvested and only the land that farmers gave permission were used.
There were 3 fields, the first field had someone to direct the hounds and those riders were experienced in galloping and jumping. The second field were experienced but preferred a more leisurely pace and they jumped if they wanted to, or just trotted/cantered around the jumps.
Then there was my group. Either the horse was green, or the rider was or as in my case, both Jazz and I were inexperienced.
There weren't any fox nor were there any coyotes or brush wolf, though the hounds might have found one at another time. Apparently many hunt clubs in Ontario just do a drag.
What I liked was the comradery, these were people who loved dogs and horses as much as I do. They were quirky and had a great sense of humour. We were out riding in the beautiful countryside for a few hours then sat around talking and telling tales for another hour or two.
From what I have seen with the UK hunts is that it is a class prejudice. It's not that they want you to stop that type of riding, they just don't want you to have the money for a horse. And as we all know that's more of a scewed perception than reality.
The people in the Hunt Club that I went out with had some lovely horses but most of them were probably only worth 1000 - 2000 GBS
There trucks or towing vehicles had lots of miles on them and the horse trailers were like mine, road worthy but a little on the bashed and battered side. Saddles, breechs and jackets were ancient but well taken care of.
This has been a very interesting topic and I enjoyed reading everyones comments and points of view. I like these kind of debates, it doesn't matter that your argument is different. Everyone has something to offer, something else to think about.