Ratcatcher meet hip flask

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Due to covid my hunt are putting on some ratcatcher meets as a finish off for the season. Anyone know the etiquette for hip flasks at ratcatcher meets?
Not sure I could do it without something merry in me but can find more discreet ways of getting my fix 😂🤦
 

palo1

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Due to covid my hunt are putting on some ratcatcher meets as a finish off for the season. Anyone know the etiquette for hip flasks at ratcatcher meets?
Not sure I could do it without something merry in me but can find more discreet ways of getting my fix 😂🤦
Traditionally I think, a hip flask for Autumn Hunting was not the thing but more likely because of the very early start and lack of formality to meets. Some hunts adopt ratcatcher after the Cheltenham Festival or 1st of April (Spring Hunting) but I suspect that this is more likely to be weather related or possibly to signal the coming end of the season. In any case I have noticed that whilst hip flasks are not especially public in the Autumn, for late end of season hunting there isn't quite such a thing about it. Take your hip flask!! No need to be offering it around anyway at the moment (in fact, certainly not) so you can be very discreet if that feels the right thing. Enjoy.
 

Michen

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Haha I have always taken my hipflask on rat catcher meets and hound exercise, and it’s a saddle one!
 

palo1

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What is a ratcatcher meet?
Tweed! Usually ratcatcher (which means the outfit of tweed with brown boots and either a tie or coloured stock) signals a more informal meet. It is basically never wrong to wear but is particularly correct for Autumn Hunting and late in the season. Ratcatcher can also signify non-subscribers, visitors who have a high 'rank' in another hunt but don't want to demonstrate that/show off or can be the handy outfit that you wear to signal that you are new to hunting/less experienced (so people will be understanding of any confusion you have lol). :) It's always lovely to wear tweed - we have the world's best here in Britain too. :) :)
 

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Tweed! Usually ratcatcher (which means the outfit of tweed with brown boots and either a tie or coloured stock) signals a more informal meet. It is basically never wrong to wear but is particularly correct for Autumn Hunting and late in the season. Ratcatcher can also signify non-subscribers, visitors who have a high 'rank' in another hunt but don't want to demonstrate that/show off or can be the handy outfit that you wear to signal that you are new to hunting/less experienced (so people will be understanding of any confusion you have lol). :) It's always lovely to wear tweed - we have the world's best here in Britain too. :):)
Thanks! 😊
 

P.forpony

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In my neck of the woods you'd be looked askance at for turning up without a saddle flask, whatever you're wearing!
Go for it, have a merry day and enjoy yourself.
 
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