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The jump of the maroma, a national divertimento

One of the gauchas traditions still preserved in estancias, the jump of the maroma is a game that requires skill, concentration and dexterity.

El salto de la maroma

Argentines like to flaunt and be praised. The  gaucha tradition  known as the salto de la maroma is a good example. In this game, riding becomes a feat.

To perform it, some loose untaming foals are placed inside a corral, a kind of circle armed with stakes nailed to the ground, tied together with leather loops. An entrance space is left to this structure, narrow enough for only one  horse to pass.

At the exit is placed a bar and on it stands a pawn of open leg stay, who, when passing the  horse , is dropped on the spine to mount it, holding only from the mane.

If the rider manages to hold on the horse while the horse shakes and tries to lay him down, he will have won the game and the praise from all around.

 Horseback riding  is difficult, but the game of maroma is a challenge for few. Are you cheering up?

Publication Date: 30/08/2019

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