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WHIPPER-IN

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WHIPPER-IN


WHIPPER-IN. "No pack of fox-hounds," observes Beckford," is complete without two whippers-in: the first may be considered as a second huntsman, and should have nearly the same good qualities. It is necessary besides that he should, be attentive and obedient to the huntsman ; and as his horse will probably have most to do, the lighter he is the better; but if he is a good horseman it will sufficiently overbalance such an objection. The whipper-in should always maintain to the huntsman's halloo, and stop such hounds as divide from it. When stopped, he should get forward with them after the huntsman. He must always be contented to act an under part, except when circumstances may require that he should act otherwise ; and the moment they cease he must not fail to resume his former station. When the huntsman cannot be up with the hounds, the whipper-in should; in which case it is the business of the huntsman to bring on the tail hounds along with him.

While the huntsman is riding to his head hounds, the. whipper-in, if he has genius, may show it in various ways: ho may clap forward to any great earth that may by chance be open ; he may sink the wind to halloo, or mob a fox when the scent fails; he may keep him off his foil; he may stop the tail hounds, and get them forward j and has it frequently in his power to assist the hounds without doing them any hurt, provided he has sense to distinguish where he is wanted most. Besides, the most essential part of fox-hunting, the making and keeping the pack steady,, depends entirely upon him; as a huntsman should seldom rate, and never fiog a hound. In short, I consider the first whipper-in as a second huntsman ; and, to. be perfect, he should be as capable of hunting the hounds, as the huntsman himself.

" At going from the kennel, the place of the first whipper-in is before the hounds; that of the second whipper-in should be some distance behind them; if not, 1 fear they will not be suffered even to empty themselves, let their wants be ever so great, for as soon as a boy is made a whipper-in, he fancies he is to whip the hounds whenever he can get at them, whether they deserve it or not."

Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.

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