Horsing around! Giddy teenager, 16, gallops around on all fours and leaps over ‘fences‘ like a show pony
A 16-year-old who has mastered the art of jumping over fences like a horse boasts she can run on all fours for more than five minutes.
Ava Vogel, from Edmonton, , has been practising jumping for six years and trains by galloping around her house.
Tucking her hands underneath her chin she leaps in to air, extends her leg, and comes to land on her hands and feet before continuing her gallop.
She said: ‘It all began when I was ten and started horse-riding – all of my friends would run and jump like horses between events.
What is a ‘warmblood‘ horse?
Generally, warmbloods are calmer and quieter than thoroughbreds which are bred for racing.
This makes them more suitable for activities like dressage, which requires intense concentration.
Warmbloods tend to be bred for specific disciplines, such as dressage or jumping.
Unlike most thoroughbreds, this is their primary, not secondary, sport.
‘We would jump on the obstacle courses.
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‘So I started jumping around and then I found other pages on Instagram of people who would do this hobby.
‘Now, three years later, here I am.‘
Ava says her form is similar to that of warmblood horses, as she became ‘inspired‘ by the agility of this breed.
In a video tutorial, she explains that to master the horse jump one has to first learn to canter fluently, after which you can start practising your jump by keeping your legs straight and your clenched fists close to your chin.
Ava said: ‘It‘s a really good way to build up strength and stamina.
‘There‘s a lot of upper body strength involved and you have to build up to that.‘
She can jump almost three-feet high on four legs, and an impressive five feet on two – almost her own height.
Ava said: ‘People don‘t realise how much strength you gain, it can really help with other sports like track.
‘There are no public events for this kind of things, when I was younger I would do this at horse shows, but it‘s mainly a private thing.
‘People can have strange reactions when they see this in public.‘