There may have been a little confusion about one of the most important components in the apparatus used for the purposes of jumping for show and for training on the part of horse and its rider. The horse jump cups are not beacon-like obstacles around which horse and rider must negotiate. Nor are they the actual barriers over which a horse must bound, no matter how high or low.
But they are a vital cog in the very fences over which these horses must leap. Let’s quickly explain how this works. It is always going to be possible that the horse’s heels or ankles are going to clip the fence somehow. You must bear in mind that no matter how athletic, powerful and agile the beast is it can still fall foul to fatigue. And when that happens, the horse can also lose its focus. It certainly does not want to hit the fence, not by any means.
But so it happens that its heels clip that fence. Horses would have dreaded the next time that is allowed to happen. But not in this instance, not when the fences have horse jump cups installed to them. Because this is what happens. The moment any portion of the horse’s body is allowed to touch the fence, the cups react. Instead of the fence standing rigid and posing the threat of injury to the horse, the horse jump cups initiate the movement of the loosely arranged beams or poles.
As the horse glides over the poles, no matter that it has clipped them, the poles topple over to the ground and in the correct direction too so as not to impede the horse’s movements forward. And that then is what the jump cups do.