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Foxhunting at the Mantle Ranch
BIG SKY HOUNDS
CHECK OUT OUR BLOG WITH HUNT JOURNAL AND FIXTURE CARD HERE.
Join us as we enter our fourth season of foxhunting, and first to become recognized by the MFHA!
Enjoy great company, phenomenal hounds, good horses, and gorgeous country. Newbies and juniors welcome! We're all learning about this fun and exciting sport and invite you to join in and help create our very own hunt right here. Just bring your sense of adventure, a good horse, and join us! We also have horses available for lease if you need them.
Please call or email with questions. You can use the Facebook event posting to coordinate rides, food, attendance, etc. See you at the Hunt!
Please join us to experience and learn about the thrill and excitement of the age-old sport of fox hunting. To hunt, all you really need are horses, hounds, country, quarry, and people interested in it. We are lucky to have it all, and we want to share the adventure with you.
Who can hunt? EVERYONE is welcome.
How much does it cost? - $75 capping fee ($45 for juniors and students or bring a big bag of dog food) or become a member.
What do we hunt? We chase coyotes and occasionally fox.
What kind of hounds do we have? We have a seasoned pack of Walkers that were graciously drafted from Red Rock Hounds in Reno, NV. We currently hunt a pack of eight (16 hounds).
When do we hunt? We hunt mid-September to mid-April. We hunt every week Wednesdays (also referred to as Wenchday Hunts) and Sundays. We also enjoy numerous special hunts like away meets, fox hunting with other hunt clubs, and holidays. See our event calendar for dates and times and watch for the monthly fixture card for locations..
What kind of rider do you need to be? We welcome all levels of riders, and can accommodate novices and juniors by providing a great guide to help enjoy the day. Usually, we have two fields, a fast first field that keeps up with the hounds, and a slower second field (Hilltoppers) where beginners, green or out of shape or older horses, kids, and newbies are welcome. Sundays are usually slower hunting days and Wednesdays are not appropriate for novices or green horses.
What kind of horse should I ride? We recommend bringing a reliable, fit horse. The country is rough, shoes are necessary. In winter, we HIGHLY encourage sharp-shoes. If you need a horse for the day, contact us, we have horses for lease. Our lease fee is $125 per horse, if you are capping or a member.
What kind of riding? We usually ride at a walk, trot, and lope for about 3-5 hours. If we encounter jumps, they can be avoided by going around to a gate. If the pace is too fast, you can always stay with the slower group.
What should I wear? Whatever you are most comfortable and safe wearing. Many ride Western and many ride English. We do not have a dress code. Function first, fashion later. We do reserve the color red or orange for staff members and those carrying radios. However; he highly encourage you to enjoy the tradition of proper dress, and on Sundays and holidays we do encourage formal attire (ours is a bit unique, given that we ride western.)
What should I bring? On Sundays, we usually share a bite to eat at the ranch afterward, called “hunt breakfast” that is provided and served by hunt members. On Wednesdays, we brown bag or tailgate. Bring your own beverages. A flask is often nice to have along, too.
Why? Because we love it! We’re hooked, our friends are hooked, and we’re pretty sure you will be too when you take the opportunity to try it! We have fallen in love with these great hounds, adore our horses, have made fantastic friends, and have been able to enjoy absolutely gorgeous country. Come ride with us! Join us in learning and experiencing the building of a hunt!
Thanks to Red Rock Hounds from Reno, NV who hunt this country every spring and first gave Montana the opportunity.
Join them here for their Annual Montana Meet April, 2017 and participate in our Hunt Ball.
I invite you all to enjoy www.mfha.org for information about the sport of fox hunting in America.
THE MANTLE RANCH
Montana Horses, Inc. | Big Sky Hounds | The Ultimate Horse Course | Red Neck Travels
Kail Mantle & Renee Daniels-Mantle
9700 Clarkston Road Three Forks, Montana 59752
(406) 285-3541 | (406) 285-0918-fax
(406) 581-6501 - Kail truck | (406) 579-4060 - Renee truck (cell phones available off-ranch only)
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