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    12-12-2011, 11:37 PM
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i would like to make some simple jumps in the paddock. I would like just easy smallish ones. I wont to be able to adjust the sizes of them. Not to hard to make, and I don't wont to spend anything. I wont to make them out of things that don't cost anything, or things that I might have lying around the yard. I really don't wont them too big, but if I need them bigger of smaller I can adjust them easily.
if you have made some simple easy ones, that were easy and free, can you please post a picture of them and discribe how you did it!!!!
thanks so much!!!
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    12-13-2011, 01:54 AM
There's no way to 'build' free jumps unless you have all the wood lying around. If you've got poles, just use buckets as standards, hay bales stacked up, logs lying around- just make sure your jumps are safe.
smrobs, Tianimalz and justjump like this.
    12-13-2011, 06:47 PM
Thanks for your advice. I will look around.
    12-13-2011, 07:15 PM
I've found milk crate work really well. Also we have plastic rainbarrels that are cut in half for feed tubs and I just use those and place the poles from our pole bending set on them.
    12-13-2011, 07:26 PM
I actually built my own standards a few years ago. I was into jumping at that particular moment and everywhere I looked, the standards were like $150+ per pair. Too much for my thin little wallet.

I went and bought the lumber and bolts and stuff, put it together myself, and it ended up totalling about $25 for a pair of competition-quality jump standards.
    12-13-2011, 08:11 PM
We use a lot of tires with poles. You should be able to pick them up for free at tyre shops, otherwise they hav to pay to get rid of them.
    12-13-2011, 08:47 PM
Ok . Thanks everyone. I think I might look round and find some things!!!
    12-14-2011, 12:45 PM
For poles use PVC pipe. They are lightweight, inexpensive, washable and with some diffrerent colored duct tape, colorful :) As also mentioned, water buckets turned upside down, hay bales, or rest one end of pole on the fence rail and rest the other end on something else, like a mounting block (which would give you three semi-different heights :).

These types of "jumps" also help as they expose the horse to weird things which can be an advantage in a show with equally strange teaches them to accept just about anything. When I had my first horse, my trainer and I taught him to go over brush jumps by laying several neighbors' worth of discarded Christmas trees on the ground.
    12-14-2011, 05:22 PM
Be very very careful using PVC pipe. When it gets even a little bit cold, it will break with very jagged edges whenever you bump it. The edges are very sharp and could easily slice/impale a horse that landed just wrong after hitting a jump.
    12-16-2011, 02:57 AM
OK. Thanks. I have gotten some good ideas and hopefully will make some nice jumps!!!
Thanks everyone for your help!!!!!

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