A show jumper in a contest

At their best at 9-10 years

Show jumping, also known as "stadium jumping", "open jumping", or simply "jumping", is part of a group of English riding equestrian events that also includes dressage, eventing, hunting and equitation. Jumping classes are commonly seen at horse shows throughout the world, including the Olympics. Sometimes shows are limited exclusively to jumpers, sometimes jumper classes are offered in conjunction with other English-style events, and sometimes show jumping is just one division of very large, all-breed competitions that include a very wide variety of disciplines.

Working terrain
Grass

Rest place/daily stay
Stables and paddocks

Horse characteristics
Jumping horses need to perform over a long period, they need years of training and experience before they can reach the necessary level. At 9-10 years of age they are at their best.

Horses behaviour
When shoeing, jumping horses can be impatient and less friendly. This is because they are trained and fed to deliver high energy in a short time.

Shoeing location
Everywhere

Advice
A jump ends with a landing on one front hoof, causing an enormous pressure on the leg. Therefore a farrier has to pay attention to the entire locomotion system, from good shoeing and proper hoofcare, while taking limbs and tendons into account.
Horseshoes for jumping need to have more grip. Both for the hind legs – for pushing – as well as for the front legs – to reduce the sliding effect during landing.

Tips
Difficult horses can be treated better after their training, when they have less energy. 
To improve traction on grass, studs can be applied.
For horses with sensitive soles, it is recommended to use pads and silicone/urethane on the front shoes.
In most cases it is good to take measures that help the breakover.

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A show jumper in a training

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