Further Adventures in Coon Jumping

For those who don’t know, Coon Jumping is a weird sport in which people jump mules and donkeys from a stand-still. It comes from the days of using mules to hunt racoons. The rider would put a blanket over a barbed-wire fence and then ask the mule to jump the fence. Coon Jumping is pretty popular at mule and donkey shows.

Nilla has previously demonstrated her ability to jump things from a complete standstill – even when I don’t want her to. The other night I was bored and so I started asking her to go over progressively higher jumps. She started by literally stepping over a 2′ jump. So I walked her over to the oxer which was also at 2′ and she stepped over that too. I really wish I’d gotten a video of that, it was hilarious.

I removed the oxer element and raised the jump a bit. Every time she went over, she got a treat. And she was pretty okay with that arrangement.

coon jumping 1

I kept raising it until I ran out of treats and we ended around 3’3″ because those standards only go that high.

coon jumping 2

She was so good and seemed to be enjoying it. I actually had a hard time getting her to stand still long enough for me to walk around the standards most of the time. I don’t have any plans to take up coon jumping with her, but it’s a fun side activity when I’m lacking ambition.

52 thoughts on “Further Adventures in Coon Jumping

      1. Olivia Post author

        oooh. I feel like I need one of these hats for my next coon jumping excursion. Actually… I think I own one. I need to see if I gave it to Goodwill.

  1. Emma

    Omg look at her she is loving it!!!! I love that tail haha!!!! Also coon jumping is kinda maybe my favorite weird super niche horse sport lol

  2. kalinann

    So neat! I discovered that my new donkey can jump like this the hard way when she jumped a fence as her old owners were trying to catch her, haha. It’s so neat to see how they can do this!

  3. Megan

    omg these gifs are so cute. i love the last one where you do a little hop when she jumps.

    she’s quite good at that!! and she looks really happy about it too. i guess as long as its not dressage….

    i worked at a couple places that had mules. we put the chronic paddock jumpers in a round pen bc they couldn’t really get enough oomph to get out. …. the mules dgaf about that and just went where they want.

  4. Courtney

    I’ve never heard of coon jumping, and I’m so glad you can share these things. From what I know of coon jumping, she looks to be a talented coon jumper!

    1. Olivia Post author

      The highest one was a big difficult. She actually shuffled around a bit before jumping it. The lower ones she didn’t even hesitate.

  5. jenj

    Ok that’s completely adorable. But now all I can think about is if I taught Paddy to do that, he’d just leap over the fence whenever he wanted and run rampant. I hope that Nilla doesn’t translate her new-found jumping talent into escaping!

  6. Sarah

    bahaha that’s great. I feel like a lot of horses would be inspired to show their inner mule and coon jump if there were a cookie on the opposite side of the fence waiting on them. 😉

  7. Kym Calvert

    You put a smile on my face today! Thank you for sharing your adorable mule. I wish I could get my 17 hand thoroughbred to jump like that…

  8. Heather

    I love her little *swish swish* while she thinks it through. Such a cooperative mule when there are cookies involved! I’d say she likes jumping juuuust fine.

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