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post #1 of 3 Old 01-09-2013, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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Building a XC Course!

So atm it contains of 21 jumps, roughly 800m long spread over probably 35 acres

Here's the layout and the jumps I want to make



And some jumps/things I want to make into jumps. All going to be around 80cm-90cm, but safe, of course haha

I found a pallet, so gonna lean it on the side, like a skinny, but be able to fall if knocked.


And some old chairs, might put two together or something, but only 70cm

And tires - of course!


Then there's some logs I wanna pull out. To hot now, but going to build as much as I can this afternoon!!

Will take photo's of all the jumps in order when complete (: Then I'll have my own XC course!! Yay!

Any ideas on making jumps? I would like them 'profesh' as possible, not just piles of sticks. Anyone made a XC jump before?
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post #2 of 3 Old 01-09-2013, 10:01 PM
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I'm currently designing one to be built starting in the spring. We are also building one at our new show grounds. Keep in mind how lighting and footing will affect the course. I'm not sure if your course will be in an open field or through wooded areas, but I know that in the latter, it's important to place the jumps so that the horses eyes will have some time to adjust from the brightness of open areas to the darkness of wooded ones. Consider how footing will change with different kinds of weather. Is the land hilly or flat? You can make jumps out of just about anything, provided the jump is sturdy and safe. Personally, I've been finding a lot of useful things at the dump. I've also seen straw bales, etc. being used. There are some great, very inspiring examples online. You can pretty much let your imagination run wild!
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post #3 of 3 Old 01-09-2013, 10:11 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks heaps (: It's all hilly bush with cleared openings and paths, so lot's of shade, I'll keep in mind not to blend in the jumps to much (: Might go to the dump too!
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