So we’ve been trawling the interwebs lately and working on our aesthetic equestrian Pinterest boards, and we couldn’t help noticing how many ridiculously creative horse jumps are out there!
Seriously – from mythical creatures to Western saloons, it’s crazy what the cross country course creators (and DIY enthusiasts!) have been up to lately.
Here are the 23 best, most artistic and ingenious obstacles we’ve come across. Sit back and prepare to pick your jaw up off the ground!
I reckon I could just about manage to set up a Beatle jump (minus the well-behaved, colour co-ordinated family!) but that half moon looks like it took some serious effort!
Can you think of a harder test of horsemanship than riding your horse over a jump made of carrots?! Talk about tempting fate!
A tyre serpent and a rider-eating dinosaur – proof that trail monsters do exist!
Oh my goodness, the wavy zebra-stripe poles are GENIUS! And as for the shark, I don’t like my chances of getting my horse across that bridge!
Looks like spider-jumps can be created on any budget, whether you’ve got master carpenter skills or just a spare plastic drum and some bendy tubing.
Okay, I thought these were adorable and THEN I spotted the snail crawling along the top of the tree trunk behind the squirrel! Too cute!!
Ever wanted to channel your flair for the dramatic and make a theatrical exit astride a bold steed? Turns out that dream might not be as far-fetched as you thought!
The hardcore military edition: these three photos all depict training for the Italian Cavalry. The middle photo shows the infamous ‘descent of Mombrone’, a 20-foot drop from the window of a ruined castle that every officer had to jump before leaving the cavalry school!
Military edition part 2: tea parties, sheer cliffs and houses! My goodness, I’m counting my lucky stars I can stick to gentle cross-poles and two-foot logs.
Globetrotters, I think we have a winner. Look at the detail in this jump! The mind-bendingness of the artist sitting down to paint the scene! He hasn’t drawn the horse and rider in his sketch, though – I guess they wouldn’t hold still long enough, ha ha ha.
Okay, I couldn’t resist – military edition part 3. You won’t catch me doing a headstand and spreading my legs for a horse to jump over me, but hats off to these gents for living to tell the tale!
Hope you’re feeling inspired to create your own amazing obstacles, globetrotters! If you’ve already done so, we would LOVE to see the results!
Image credits: Pinterest, The Chronicle of the Horse, Horse Style, Mollie Bailey, International Museum of the Horse/Kentucky Horse Park.