I wish to write several posts about aspects of horse jumping that I observed at last Friday’s competition. Today I write about the initial phase of the jump, the take-off. It is less often portrayed in photography, and in my case it was mainly the result of inaccurate timing than a conscious decision – still, I caught on film a bunch of interesting moments.
Horse jumping looks really crazy when you realise it involves galloping full speed towards the obstacle. Notice also how the rider changes the body position during the take-off (see Wikipedia for further info on jumping techniques)
This pair is jumping willingly…
… while this pair looks concerned…
… and this horse refused to jump:
and these two pictures caught the moment when the horse has both front feet below the body, right before the jump, and look unnaturally still:
Stay tuned for further posts about this event!