By now most people are familiar with Dog Agility, where by owners of intelligent (and some not so intelligent) dogs test their pets by running them through, or over, various jumps and obstacles. The public loves seeing big dogs challenged with tall jumps but simply go crazy when small dogs, such as this Papillon, seem to fly over the jumps. The record height for a dog to jump is just over 5 feet.
Horses have been used in jumping competitions and shows for a long time. Who can jump the highest? Who can jump the farthest? It is a thrilling sport that attracts large crowds and expensive horses. Horses will great jumping talent are often more valuable than race horses, and treated like gold. Horses can jump over seven feet high, with the record being just over eight feet.
It is interesting to note that horse show jumping is one of the only sports where men and women compete equally against each other. In the photo the rider looks more frightened than does the horse.
For entertainment of the crowds at Sea Animal Parks, many dolphins are taught to show off their natural jumping talents. The public is often caught by surprise when the animals make a big jump and subsequent splash near where the front row of spectators is seated. Dolphins are able to leap several yards out of the water.
Cats jump because they are cats, they are poetry in motion, agility in its glory. While not as competitive as other jumping animals, it is probably only because cats already know they are good and don’t have to prove it. You wont see cat jumping as a national sport or competitive sport any time soon (at least my cats hope not). It is a myth that cats will always land on their feet following a fall or a jump. In truth this depends on the height of the fall. Sometimes if the fall is from too far up, they over twist and will not land on their feet.
Although the photo is reportedly real, I of course hope it was really good photoshopping, because I cannot imagine why a good owner would even consider taking a cat out on the water in this type of a situation.
Rabbit Show Jumping
This sport is real, and originated in Sweden in the 1970’s. Believe it or not some breeds of rabbits have jumped just under 1 meter high, and others have jumped more than 3 meters in distance. I really do not understand it, most people cannot even get their bunny to walk where they want it to while on a leash, and these people not only have accomplished not only that, but they have trained them to jump things as well. How cute!
Rabbit jumping is the oddest, most unexpected, sport I would have ever thought of. I mean, I knew bunnies could jump, but I would have never suspected anyone would have turned it into an actual sport. Apparently rabbit jumping is a very popular sport and a good way to get the rabbit some exercise.
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