LEAP. The usual sense of to leap is to spring over the fence of an enclosure, whether gale, stile, hedge, or ditch; and the place over which it is performed is called a leap, and the horse that excels in this important qualification is called a good leaper. Leaps are either standing or flying. In the first, which is chiefly used at a stile or gate, the horse should be brought up coolly to it, when a good hunter will rise and throw himself leisurely over. The flying leap is used at a hedge or ditch, or both, and the horse must be driven at it with spirit.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835
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