A jumping bat is the show jumper’s version of a riding crop. They are generally short and lightweight. They usually have quite a big keeper, or leather flap on the end, so you get a good sound when you use them. Show jumpers generally don’t use a jumping bat to discipline their horses, but rather for a quick tap on the neck for encouragement. They are usually lightweight and quite stiff, so you can use it in a split second while jumping. All the riding crops in this category will fit into these specifications; hence they are all jumping bats.