Here’s some interesting footage of the method of jumping used by the British Cavalry. This film was taken at the Army equitation school, ear Leeds, Yorkshire sometime between 1910-1919 (British Pathé). This film illustrates the old British “Hunt” style of jumping as applied to military equitation. All in all, some really bad jumping (click on image for video).
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The state of jumping in military equitation used by the US Cavalry wasn’t much better, in fact, it was a lot worse as this illustration from a 1905 US Army manual shows: