Jumping is Tough!


What happens when a horse jumps? Unhindered by a rider, each horse will show a different style of jumping. Styles can be influenced to a certain degree, in order to create straightness, more power, a more efficient “tuck”, carefulness and good judgement. Physically, jumping is one of the most strenuous activities a horse can do. The five stages of a jump (approach, take-off, flight, landing and recovery) require the collection of a levade, the power, precision and strength of a capriole and the balance of the most exuberant buck, all in the time frame of two breaths. It is no wonder that many horses seen on the jumping circuit are actually completely emotionally unprepared for the levels at which they jump!

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