There are some who say that a good hunter is a good hunter, regardless of its size, shape or breeding. But there are others who find a type that suits them — and their country — and refuse to hunt anything else.
Some preferences are inherited, others are honed over time and, for everyone who loves a certain type, there are a hundred others who won’t go near them.
Find out which hunt country suits your horse:
Thoroughbreds: galloping country with lots of hills, anywhere with lots of plough — Dartmoor, West Percy, Blankney
Native ponies: places that are trappy, wild and woolly, such as the Staintondale
Cobs: any of the Welsh packs
Showjumpers and eventers: big jumping countries — Cheshire, Wynnstay, Blackmore and Sparkford Vale
What gives your horse the edge out hunting?
Thoroughbreds: the Duracell bunny of the hunting world, with the speed and stamina to stay at the front all day
Native ponies: cleverer than a cartload of monkeys when it comes to crossing rough and ready terrain. Don’t need a lot of pampering when they get home
Polo ponies: keen to please, handy to get on and off and unfazed by being in a crowd
Cobs: the quad bike of the hunting field, loved by traditionalists; smart, low-maintenance and endlessly biddable
Eventers: trained to jump the most taxing obstacles with skill and speed
Ex-showjumpers: talented and accurate, with experience of being around other horses
Read the full article about different types of hunters in this week’s issue of Horse & Hound magazine (22 May 2014)