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Free jumping

Half Arabian gelding free jumping.

Free jumping or loose jumping is the practice of jumping a horse without a rider. It is usually conducted in a chute and is used most often to evaluate the jumping ability of horses too young to jump under saddle.[1] The correlations between free jumping and eventual success in show jumping competition have been the subject of several studies. Free jumping is used as a diagnostic tool by most warmblood breeding societies to evaluate jumping prowess in breeding stock.


  1. Volker Ehlers. "Some Thoughts on Free Jumping" (PDF). NAWPN and American Hanoverian Society. http://nawpn.org/freejumping.pdf. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 


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