Curdog - A dog which is not a hound.
Blank - A foxless day
Cap - The amount you pay for a days hunting extra to the subscription of the hunt.
Check - A check in the hunt is caused in the temporary loss of the scent.
Cast - What hounds do at a check. It is the action of seeking to recover the line they have been hunting.
Draw - Where hounds enter a covert and look for a fox.
Earth - A foxes burrow
Full Cry - When all hounds are speaking together.
Holloa - (Pronounced Helloa ) the long drawn out screech denoting the departure of the fox from the covert.
Couple - Hounds are always counted in pairs and there is always a half couple for luck.
Mark - When hounds hunt a fox into it's den.
Den - Where a fox lives.
Point - The point of a hunt is the longest distance in a straight line. This starts from where the fox leaves the covert to where it goes to ground.
Tally Ho What we say when a fox leaves a covert.
Whipper-in - The Huntsman's assistant
Field Master - The person who the field follows and listens to at all times.
Brilliant thank you.
Shall never remember them all though. Maybe I should write them down, though producing a piece of paper at full gallop so I can work out what they shouted may not be the best idea.
Don't know the Mendip's arrangements, but try to contact the master(s) or hunt secretary as a courtesy prior to turning up at a meet, of if you know someone who hunts with them regularly perhaps that person would allow you to accompany and 'shadow' them? I've ridden with the Mendip a couple of times a few years ago and found them quite friendly then, so hopefully they will still be now - from personal experience most are welcoming to new faces.
I am a subscriber and I pay extra ech time I go out, you are correct though, a cap is a visitors/non members fee, subscribers pay 'wire money' in addition to their subs, which goes into fixing walls knocked down and wire cut, which is slightly frustrating because it's usually not the subbers that knock them down!
"Gate please!" to let people behind know that gate must be shut...if they are some distance away, keep your hand raised until they acknowledge it.
If someone has to get off to do a gate, try and stay with them so their horse soesn't get miffed at everyone charging off!
"Thank you" to anyone who opens a gate/ closes a gate/ drives considerately.
"Good morning/ afternoon" to anyone on foot, in their cars watching, hanging out of windows. gardening etc...to be friendly and dispel myth that we are all stuck up hoorays who ride rough shod over everyone.
"Ware wire" and ware hole" if you see any of these hazards as you wallow through the mud!
heel line-when the hounds pick up the scent of a charlie, but have picked the scent up of where they have come from and are therefore heading the wrong direction, at that point the whip should bring the hounds back on to the right scent.
As a matter of courtesy, when you have had enough hunting for the day, you should ride up to the huntsman and say something like: "Well done for keeping your dogs barking, I could tell they were happy because they keep wagging their tails". The huntsman will remember your kind words and give special treatment next time you hunt.