The entire pack of Hunt Hounds invaded our garden again. I was not amused!!
This picture pretty much summs up some of the explitives I was uttering.
“Why the expletives? ” you may ask
Fox Hunting was banned in the UK back in 2004. It has been “replaced” by the “sport” of Trail Hunting, which though contended , is sadly (in my observation) no different from fox-hunting. This remains a very contentious subject . Tradition vs Change. Order vs Chaos. Rights vs Wrongs. Almost everyone has an opinion ......
The sight of the “Red Coats” with the pack of hounds is visually quite enticing. The language, guestures and terminology are enhanced by metaphors & similes, laced with irony. The Hunt is extremely hierarchial, and consists of “Masters” (Hunt Masters & Field Masters), “Servants" (including Whippers, Huntsmn, Terrier Men, Kennel men ), "The Field" (all the paying, mounted followers) and “Followers" who follow by car, or foot. The picture is one of Dominance, & Subserviance, with a twist of S&M. "Tally Ho” they cry, a term that is used by many with humour, but this in reality has a dark connotation
Seeing and hearing the huntman blowing his horn in an attempt to attract the hounds is a “blast from the past"
But sadly, when you life is regularly impacted by this “timewarp”, the affect of unannounced visits, with wayward, amost comical yet destructive packs of hounds, tresspassing and damaging your property
vehicles blocking the road and your drive
the sheer number of riders & followers
plus witnessing the adverse impact on your pets, livestock and the local wildlife,
any admiration or novelty soon wears off .....
All pictures taken from our living room window. Number plates blurred for anonymity.
Lots of info about the traditional infrastructure and terminolgy of The Hunt, can be found here: http://www.huntingact.org/hunting/hunting-in-the-uk/