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Horse Jump
This, believe it or not, is about jumping over things on horses, usually things it wouldn't be possible to jump over in Real Life.note  Deep ravines are a perennial favorite, though other things can be substituted. It probably helps if your horse is cooler than average. Quite often, writers will not see any particular difference between making a jump with a horse and making it with a vehicle, since everyone knows horses are just an old-fashioned type of motorbike anyway.

If a Moody Mount refuses to do this, it's an example of Horsing Around.

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    Anime 

    Board Games 
  • The Knight piece in Chess (which has the appearance of the knight's horse) is the only piece that can jump over other pieces.

    Comics 
  • Lucky Luke's horse Jolly Jumper got his name as showed in the story Lucky Kid. A young Lucky Luke on a young Jolly Jumper is fleeing from a lot of wild buffalo, when they come to a cliff. Jolly Jumper jump over, but the buffaloes fall down.

    Film 
  • Toy Story 2 features Show Within a Show "Woody's Roundup" where he and Bullseye the horse jump over the ravine in order to get to Jessie and Stinky Pete. Unfortunately, the episode ends on a cliffhanger with the pair still in mid-air and the show got cancelled.
  • In Star Trek: Generations, Kirk twice has his horse dramatically jump over a ditch. This is most likely an excuse to show off William Shatner's truly exceptional equestrian skills.
  • Subverted for laughs in True Lies: Arnold's character tries to follow the bad guy (who had made a motorcycle jump into a pool several stories down), but the horse balks and stops short, pitching Arnold off the saddle and almost to his death.
  • When Chev Chelios and his girlfriend Eve are having sex on the trackfield to create static electricity for his ensured living, a horse jumps over them and Eve and the viewers get to view a horse-dong.
  • Inverted in an unknown Indian movie in which the hero slides his horse sideways under a truck. And then keeps riding.
  • Sonora Webster, the heroine of Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken, learns to dive horses off a high platform into a tank of water as a carnival attraction (see also the Atlantic City example in the Real Life section below; the high point of Sonora's career as a diving girl comes when she performs in Atlantic City).

    Literature 
  • People who attempt this in Tamora Pierce's Tortall Universe novels tend to end up badly. In the Song of the Lioness quartet, this brings about the demise of King Roald, although this is largely viewed as a suicide because of his grief at the death of his wife. In the Daughter of the Lioness duology, this is how Sarai and Dove's mother died, as revealed through backstory.
  • In Romance of the Three Kingdoms, the most famous ravine jump happens to Liu Bei, who was riding a supposedly unlucky horse and trying to outrun some people out to kill him. The horse makes a tremendous leap to the top of the ravine overlooking the river he'd previously been stuck in, and Liu Bei's reinforcements finally show up.
  • Beatrice in Leonardo's Swans.
  • In Royal Flash, Flashman gets into a crosscountry race with Otto von Bismarck that involves several horse jumps over hedges and ditches.
  • In The Silver Brumby in an odd way; Thowra makes it look like he's going to jump a ravine, but instead drops down to a small ledge on the cliff face. Arrow, who was chasing him at the time, attempts to jump the ravine and falls to his death.
  • Gone with the Wind makes a Tear Jerker out of a failed jump over a simple fence. Or actually two, one with Scarlett's father and one with her and Rhett's daughter.
  • In the final Time Scout book, Skeeter's horse jumps over a crashed wagon, but doesn't land well. In Wagers of Sin, Skeeter jumps a horse over a small shrine, exciting the arena's crowd. Then he takes it Up to Eleven by standing on the horse's back and using a spear to pole vault over the wall, a moment of Horseback Heroism.
  • In The Saddle Club, Veronica had been showing a disregard for the Stable Owner's instructions concerning jumping and ends up breaking her arm, and causing her horse to suffer a fatal injury after running her horse too fast downhill for the jump.

    Real Life 
  • There are several sports devoted to just this, two of which are in the Olympics: Jumping, featuring a course of obstacles within an arena, and Eventing, featuring a longer course of more natural-style obstacles out in the field. Other forms of equestrian competition involving jumps include the Steeplechase, which is essentially a hurdles race for horses, and Foxhunting, in which the riders may or may not choose to jump their horses over obstacles rather than going around. Arena-based jumping events primarily use fences assembled from poles which are designed to fall apart if knocked into; Eventing and foxhunting, meanwhile, use sturdier obstacles and also frequently involve jumping over ditches and/or water obstacles, and Eventing in particular has come under scrutiny in recent years for the number of fatalities that result when horses fail to clear its immobile and much less forgiving jumps.
  • Atlantic City's Steel Pier once hosted an exhibition of Horse Diving, in which trained horses with female riders jumped off an elevated platform into a giant tank of water.

    Radio 
  • Subverted in The Goon Show: "Dishonoured" (and remake "Dishonoured Again"), in which Bluebottle's noble stallion throws him into the ravine, much to his disgust.

    Video Games 
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, with Link riding Epona and jumping the canyon in Gerudo Valley, and escaping the stables after beating Ingo. Horse jumping is so important in the mechanics of this game that you aren't allowed to ride Epona freely until you prove you can do it.
    • Twilight Princess too, with several low gates and fences that you need to jump to advance the game. The open areas are also littered with truncated walls and hedges that can be jumped if you feel like it.
  • In Wild ARMs 3, in order to get to areas on the map blocked by ravines, your party will need to get horses that will allow them to jump across.
  • This comes up at the climax of Shadow of the Colossus. Subversion - the horse doesn't make it. Or rather, he did make it, but the ground gave away when he landed.
    • Though the ending cutscene reveals the horse survived the fall.
    • It's also possible to do this over at least one broken land bridge towards the west end of the map, as well as off of smaller cliffs.
  • One of the "attacks" used by Wolfgunblood and Garopa from Alien Soldier. A set of high or low walls appear, and they will jump them if the walls are high. You gotta avoid the walls too or you'll take damage.
  • Steeplechase Redux is a game about jumping exactly over obstacles with your horse to gain speed and avoid the Advancing Wall of Doom.
  • Horses are being added to Minecraft in version 1.6, and have been available for testing in the weekly snapshots. With the right horse, it is possible to jump gaps and obstacles previously unthinkable without much effort. It's only a matter of time before equestrian events are designed and organized.

    Western Animation 
  • In the Looney Tunes short "Buckaroo Bugs", a cowboy looking for Bugs Bunny jumps wider and wider gorges (thanks to the assistance of Bugs, who keeps shouting "He went this way") until he jumps over the Grand Canyon. He doesn't quite make that last one.
  • The climactic jump from Spirit, Stallion of the Cimmaron of course.
  • The obscure series The Silver Brumby had this four or five times.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic features this at times for some reason.
    • Applejack practices on a steeplechase-like course in 'The Last Roundup'.
    • Most of the cast effortlessly hop over a ravine while climbing mountains in 'Dragonshy', but Fluttershy balks. After much cajoling, she tries, panics, fails ... and just spans the gap, it being shorter than her outstretched legs.


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