The application of qualitative analysis techniques, currently used in sports biomechanics, may help equine biomechanics researchers identify the most appropriate directions for future research. This paper reviews existing qualitative biomechanical models that could be relevant to equine jumping research. The deterministic model approach(1) is identified as the most appropriate. This approach is used to derive deterministic models suitable for equine jumping evaluation. The horse's jump can be broken down into five discrete parts - approach, take off, suspension, landing and departure. Each of these parts has specific determining factors, which have either a mechanical or a mathematical relationship. These models may be used to assist horse trainers identify and implement appropriate strategies for improvement in jumping horses.