Teenager Hanna Kouba loves watching Animal Planet so much, she has picked up a special skill from watching the American TV show.
The 17-year-old from Minnesota, has started leaping like a horse over some impressive heights whilst on all fours.
Hanna, who works at a doggy daycare, has leapt over stacks of laundry baskets, desks, and towers of pillows.
She also has her own pet horse, Sassy, who she rides and watches for inspiration.
Hanna was just 13 years old when she first became fascinated with the show Animal Planet. She began impersonating the animals on the show including cheetahs, leopards and horses.
Now she impresses her friends at school and her family with how high she can jump.
‘I loved impersonating all the different animals I saw, especially the cheetahs and leopards,’ Hanna said.
‘As I started playing with the horses at a farm I live close to, their gracefulness and beauty just swept me off my feet and I had to look into it more.
‘Jumping was the first thing I started doing since that’s what everyone seems to connect horses with, but as I learned more that’s when I started running the patterns or in horse terms it’s called, gymkhana games.
‘I definitely think it’s a lot more fun than jumping.’
Hanna often stacks pillows together and jumps over the height which measures to about three to four feet tall.
‘I experience adrenaline when I do this. I always feel like I need to perform the best I can; it’s nerve-wracking looking at a tall jump and thinking “I need to jump that”.
Hanna says that she has received an overwhelmingly positive response for her horse jumping, even from her teachers and peers.
‘It helps release the stresses that I have in life. For the most part, I get pretty supportive and inspirational comments.
‘When I was fifteen, I got my horse Sassy and she really inspired me to start jumping and running patterns and my high school teachers loved watching me jump the desks.
‘I love inspiring people to not be ashamed of their talents and to never give up on them even when people put you down.’
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