Free Jumping

Free Jumping offered Twice Monthly

Free jumping has long been an invaluable weekly training component in European Dressage & Jumping barns.  Most breed organizations now evaluate a significant portion of the candidate’s jumping ability in the free jumping chute.

Free jumping:

  • improves your horse’s elasticity, suppleness, jumping technique & confidence;
  • improves walk & canter stride;
  • exposes the horse to a new location & allows it to adapt at his own pace;
  • freshens the horse’s mind & it’s FUN!

Free jumping is offered in our 70 ft. by 150 ft. sprinklered indoor arena complete with  sand/rubber footing, on the 1st & 3rd Sunday of each month from 8:00 a.m. to approximately 5:00 p.m.  Cost per horse is $65.00.  Call or e-mail to schedule a time.

Free Jumping Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What kind of facility is the free jumping held in?
    Free jumping is conducted in our 70 ft. by 150 ft. indoor arena.  The completely enclosed arena includes:
    1. Two large 16 foot wide doors;
    2. Ten large sliding windows that provide illumination and ventilation;
    3. A 6.5 foot high solid oak kickboard;
    4. A manicured footing of sand and rubber that provides good traction and shock absorption;
    5. A complete sprinkler system to keep footing in optimum condition;
    6. End mirrors that are sufficiently high to prevent a horse from hurting itself;
    7. Lighting to brightly illuminate the arena in inclement weather and after dusk; and
    8. Music for relaxation and musical kur training sessions.
  2. Who conducts the free jumping sessions?
    • Free jumping is conducted by professional manager, Peter Hansen, licensed Bereiter and USEF Sport Horse Breed Show Judge.  At a minimum, one trained assistant will aid Peter with each free jumping session.
  3. How long does each free jumping session last?
    • Each free jumping session lasts approximately 20 to 25 minutes and is dependant on the horse’s age, condition, jumping aptitude and success that day.  A horse that performs very well in a relatively short amount of time will not be forced to continue jumping.  Rather, that horse will be rewarded by being allowed to stop jumping & if it wants, to move freely about the arena.
  4. What equipment do I need for my horse during free jumping?
    • The horse should be used to & where a snaffle bridle without reins during the free jumping session.  Front & hind boots are optional but recommended.  You will need a lead shank to clip to the bridle to take your horse down to the indoor arena.
  5. How is the free jumping chute constructed?
    • The free jumping chute is constructed along one long side of the arena and consists of three jumps spaced according to the striding of the horse.  Poles and or tape will be jumped to construct the inside wall of the chute.  Jump possibilities will include crossrails, verticals, oxers and spreads.  Depending upon the horse, cavaletti &/or poles placed on the ground may be placed to assist the horse in determining its optimum striding through the jumping chute.
  6. When are you conducting free jumping & how much does each free jumping session cost?
    • Free jumping is being conducted by appointment the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month unless our  show schedule conflicts.  Each horse’s free jumping session costs $65.00 and is payable at the time of service.
  7. How do I make a free jumping appointment?
    • In order to make the best use of everyone’s time, please call 610-793-1256 no later than 5:00 pm the week prior to the session you are interested in.  If no one is available to take your call, please leave your name, the date & time that you are interested in attending and a telephone number where we can call you back.  Every effort will be made to secure the time you request however, we ask that you be aware that certain times will tend to fill first & a time as close to the time you request will then be suggested.  If you are unable to attend the session you have reserved, please be considerate & leave a message at least 48 hours prior to your time in order that we may exercise another horse.
  8. What requirements does FDF have to be able to visit the farm?
    We require the following paperwork to be completed prior to acceptance of the horse for free jumping:
    • A current Coggins dated not more than 12 months from the date of the free jumping session that you are attending.  The Coggins will be kept on file.
    • A copy of the horse’s vaccination record showing that the horse has been vaccinated within the last year for Flu/Rhino, EWT, Strangles, and West Nile.  If a copy of the horse’s vaccination record is not available, please sign and date a handwritten document indicating that the horse has been vaccinated within the last year for the previously described inoculations.  The horse’s vaccination record will be kept on file.
    • A Hold Harmless Agreement must be signed and dated prior to the horse being accepted for free jumping.
  9. Where is Fox Den Farm - USA, LLC located?
    The farm is located at 42 Blue Stone Drive, Chadds Ford, PA, 19317.  For directions from your location, please visit Google Maps click on Get Directions & enter our address next to the green circle B.
    • Please pull into the driveway and proceed down the hill.  Please park on the grass on the right side of the fork in the driveway.

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