VIDEO: Hunt goes ahead – without horses

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The crowds came out in force for the annual New Year’s Day hunt in Horncastle.

There was just one thing missing...horses.

It's a dog's life: Hounds entertain some of the crowds who turned up for the start of the hunt

It's a dog's life: Hounds entertain some of the crowds who turned up for the start of the hunt

Officials from the South Wold Hunt decided the frosty ground was too dangerous for the traditional hunt to take place.

However, they were determined not to let everyone down and exercised their hounds instead.

Lisa Collins, Field Secretary of the South Wold 
Hunt, said: “We had to 
make a decision the day before when the ground was really hard.

“In that condition, it is a danger to the horses and it (the ground) can also damage the paws of the dogs.

“It did thaw overnight and with hindsight, we might have been able to ride.

“But people come from a long way away to take part.

“They wouldn’t have been happy if they’d got their horses ready - and then we had to cancel.”

As our pictures show, the hounds certainly made a lot of friends - young and old - when they gathered in the car park at The Bull Hotel.

Master Huntsman Adam Essom took charge of the event.

Lisa added: “It was great there were so many people there. The support was brilliant.

“The hounds really enjoyed themselves and it was a change to get home from the hunt and not have to wash my horse.”

n The South Wold Hunt has a full programme of events for the start of 2015.

Details - including contact information - are available on their website.