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