A popular exit for the [[{{Swashbuckler}} swashbuckling]] or [[TheWestern Western]] hero: leap down off the roof, wall or balcony you're on -- or [[SuperWindowJump out of a window]] -- and land in the saddle of your waiting CoolHorse as onlookers wince in sympathy.

Can be spoofed by including one or more of the things that could go wrong: the rider lands facing the wrong way, the horse is spooked, the horse is injured by the impact with the rider, the rider is injured by the impact with the horse ([[ShareTheMalePain ouch]]), the rider misses the horse entirely, ...

An adventurer in a modern setting might attempt the same trick with a car. If he's really planning ahead, it will be a car without a roof.

A subtrope of NoEscapeButDown. Not to be confused with FallingIntoTheCockpit.



[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'' has Lucky leaping onto his horse so often, that Jolly Jumper has expressed surprise if Luke exits a building through the door. Jolly is sometimes seen complaining about how Luke gets to make merry in the saloon, and his horse must wait outside under the window. There are also occasional subversions to keep things interesting. In one instance, Luke throws himself out the wrong window, leading to his escaping while Jolly Jumper laughs at him. In another, he realizes the horse he's landed on is not Jolly Jumper, who explains that as he didn't know which window Luke would jump from, he put a horse under each window to be sure.

[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' takes it up to eleven, with Flynn [[spoiler:catapulted over a high wall and landing the saddle of the horse waiting on the other side]]. Thanks to RuleOfCool, nobody gets hurt.
-->'''Flynn''': "Knees apart?"
* During the ActionPrologue in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', Woody falls off the train but conveniently lands on [[SurpriseVehicle Jessie's horse Bulls-Eye]], so he and Jessie can continue chasing after the train.

[[folder:Film - Live-Action]]
* In the Creator/ErrolFlynn film, ''Film/TheAdventuresOfRobinHood'', Robin leaps onto a saddled horse with his hands tied behind his back. (Well, he's supposed to -- if you watch closely, the stunt guy's hands move in front of his body in one shot.)
* Played straight multiple times in ''Zorro's Fighting Legion''; not just {{Franchise/Zorro}}, but several of his Legion can pull this off.
* A running gag in the movie ''Film/{{The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox}}'' -- the Dirtwater Fox keeps trying it, and it keeps going wrong.
* A running gag in ''Film/ZorroTheGayBlade'' is that Zorro's horse is always in the wrong place for him to land in the saddle.
* This is part of Peter's sidekick training in ''Film/RustlersRhapsody''.
* In the prologue sequence of ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', Indiana Jones tries to leap into the saddle of his horse. The horse moves. The mooks chasing him repeat the process, but with a truck.
* Done early in ''Film/TheThreeMusketeers1993'', as part of a chase scene. It also included the stock parody of one of the characters missing the horse.
* In ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'', Marian leaps from a balcony onto her horse. When her large lady-in-waiting attempts to do the same, her horse dodges.
* In ''Film/CutthroatIsland'' Geena Davis ('''not''' her stunt double) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lA5ysXn-Ygo&t=1m41s races through a building on the 2nd story and somersaults out a window, landing in the passenger seat of a speeding horse drawn carriage]].
* Creator/AntonioBanderas tried to mount from the second story in ''Film/TheMaskOfZorro'', but the horse moved. ''On purpose''.
* In ''Film/AustinPowersInternationalManOfMystery'', Austin leaps into his convertible via a forward flip. When he tries it into [[BondGirl Felicity's]] car in the sequel, he lands on the gear shift.
* In ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'', Anakin does a Force Jump in the execution arena on Geonosis to land on the rhino-like creature sent to execute him.
* ''Series/KamenRiderDenO: Final Countdown'': the BigBad and Momotaros manage to pull it off, but TheHero [[EpicFail doesn't]].
* ''Film/{{Water 1985}}''. Creator/BillyConnolly and his sidekick discover that [[GroinAttack trying this with bicycles is very painful]].
* In ''Film/TheLoneRanger'', when Rebecca is pushed off the roof of the train by Cavendish, she lands in the saddle of Silver who is galloping along beside the train.
* The modern version occurs in ''Film/ShootEmUp''. Mr Smith leaps off an overpass above a parked car, [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer firing into its sunroof]] in mid-air, [[SuperWindowJump crashes through the broken glass]], lands in the driver's seat and drives off [[MadeOfIron without pause or injury]]. That should tell you [[RuleOfCool something about this movie]].
* ''Film/TheManFromKangaroo'': When John and Muriel escape from the station house, John jumps of the verandah and lands in the saddle of his horse, taking off at a gallop.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E1TheMasqueOfMandragora The Masque of Mandragora]]", the Doctor jumps from the execution platform onto one of the guards' horses, shoves that guard out of the saddle, and takes off galloping.
* ''Series/KnightRider'': Car version, of course. Michael calls to KITT, KITT comes, and often he leaps straight into or onto KITT. At least once, KITT elevated the driver's seat so Michael would have something to aim for and fall onto.
* ''Series/TheGoodies'': In "Animals", Graeme leaps out of the window of the farmhouse and lands in the saddle of his horse, who is actually a man (ItMakesSenseInContext), before galloping off.
* Early in ''Series/{{Casanova}}'', Casanova completely misses the waiting horse while escaping from a disgruntled husband.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* If you aim just right, [[DevelopersForesight you can land on your horse]] from a second story jump in ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption''.
* Likewise, it's possible to jump from a high platform in "VideoGame/StarWarsBattlefront" and land directly in the seat of a speeder bike. You of course take no damage.
* The player can pull off this move in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI''.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', when Edgar, Locke and Terra escape from Kefka, there's a cutscene where they ride away.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* One Creator/TexAvery cartoon has a cowboy try to jump into his horse repeatedly, only to miss every time. Eventually he moves the horse to the place where he keeps landing and tries again, only to land where the horse originally was.
* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/TheScarletPumpernickel'', where WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck misses the horse, causing him to muse that "this never happens to Creator/ErrolFlynn". In fact, he misses twice and [[RuleOfThree on the third try]] parachutes down: "Here's a wrinkle Errol never thought of!"
* OnceAnEpisode (minimum) in ''WesternAnimation/ThundarrTheBarbarian''. In one early episode, he does it from the top floor of a ruined skyscraper without injury.