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    08-27-2011, 02:30 PM
Aluminium Cavaletti?

Hi there, up to now I've only lurked on this wonderful forum and have found that any questions I might have had were usually answered by previous threads; I'm stumped on this one though, & that's why I'm making my first board. Yay ^__^

Our old, wooden cavaletti have become unusable, so we've been looking around for something to replace them. The wooden ones were quite heavy and we wanted something that didn't need as much maintenance (paint jobs etc) so we've looked into plastic - and - aluminium cavaletti.
I hadn't heard of alumium jumps or cavaletti before (not much of a jumper, maybe that's why) and I haven't found much on the internet about them in form of feedback or list of advantages, etc.

Not just the stand of the cavaletti, but also the poles would be made of alumium. They would be lighter than wood but heavier than plastic, & wouldn't splinter.
On a german forum, a guy said that they might bend or get squished (as they're hollow). They're not the cheapest alternative, but atm that's not what we're looking at.

What do you guys think? Do you have any experience with alu poles?
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    08-27-2011, 02:35 PM
Green Broke
With aluminum or steel anything, there is the possibility that it it will eventually crack open somehow, and leave an exposed sharp edge.

Wood is obviously the best option.

If you found wood too heavy, then I would go to plastic(with capped ends), with wooden ends. That way you get the light weight of the plastic, and some stability from the wood. However, it would need to be stored out of sunlight to keep the plastic from getting brittle.
    08-27-2011, 03:26 PM
I hadn't thought of that, but yes that suddenly makes the alu poles sound a lot more dangerous. Thank-you for pointing that out.
Yeah we might stick with wood, as they're out in wind and rain all year round (or have been up to now). The wooden ones we had survived for quite a bit.
    08-27-2011, 03:42 PM
Green Broke
Wood really DOES make the best cavelletti and jumps.

You could always try a smaller diameter pole to help with keeping the weight down, and make them 8 feet wide instead of 10 or 12.
    08-27-2011, 04:26 PM
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Aluminum poles would be very expensive and would bend if hit hard. Wood is very forgiving and cheap to replace when it does wear out.

However, I think aluminum "legs" for a set with a socket for a wood pole to fit into would be a great idea. If you could make a set with a socket that would fit a 4x4, you could bevel the edges of the 4x4 to make a great cavaletti. You could patent and sell the aluminum ends for people to provide their own poles for.
    08-29-2011, 10:16 AM
Thanks for the quick replies! I think we might get wooden poles and see if we can get alu feet/stands. We found some online:
Which seem like they might work.
    08-29-2011, 11:12 AM
Originally Posted by Richie    
Yeah we might stick with wood, as they're out in wind and rain all year round (or have been up to now). The wooden ones we had survived for quite a bit.
Mine were made with treated wood. I've had them for a good 10 years and they are holding up just fine.
    08-29-2011, 11:55 AM
At my barn we use plastic poles for jumps and the standards are made out of wood. As everyone else said the aluminum would be expensive and get banged up pretty easily.
    08-29-2011, 04:41 PM
Plastic or wood are the best for jumps, the problem with aluminuim is that if trodden on it can squash. Its also dangerous due to sharp edges. Plastic poles can be quite expensive, i`d go for wooden ones :)
    08-29-2011, 04:43 PM
If you are using plastic (PVC) please fill them with insulation/foam of some type. Hitting one of those hollow, they can shatter and will mess up a horses leg - or your arm or face.

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