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NASS Free Jumping Assessment

Required of all stallions at their breeding approval inspection. Optional for mares, but encouraged. Free jumping is used to evaluate the natural jumping talent of horses presented for breeding approval. Factors to be considered include technique (use of front and hind legs, bascule, suppleness of the back), scope (carefulness and ease of

jumping) and overall impression (canter stride, ability to adjust stride naturally for fence, temperament, and suitability as a jumper.)

The jumping chute is set up so that the horses enter on the left lead away from the

in gate. the jumping chute is made of of three jumps, with ~ 20 feet from the

entrance of the chute to the first jump, ~ 20 feet between the first and second jumps, and ~ 23 feet between the second

and third jump, with the open exit from the chute ~ 20 feet or more from the third jump. The elements are as follows:

a) Crossrails set with ends in standards at 30”, with a ground pole in front.

b ) Crossrails similar to first, but with a horizontal rail at 30” immediately behind


c) Oxer, 33” high, with a 24” spread, with a ground pole in front. It will be raised to 36” and 42” for the second and third passes, with the spread increased to 28” and 32”.

Each horse will be led into the rind by the owner or handler. In the rind will be the judges and three whip handlers (one at the chute entrance, one after the first jump,

and one after the second jump. Owners can provide their own whip handlers if

desired. The horse is allowed to free run in the arena for 1--2 minutes, then is trotted in hand up to the first element. A

36” nylon cord will be run through both snaffle rinds and the horse released about

10ʼ in front of the first jump. Each horse will be allowed two passes at each height, with the judge having discrretion to allow one more pass.

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excused from the ring. Safety of the horse and all participants is paramount.

If the horse or handler does not appear to be adequately prepared, they will be

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