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    12-12-2011, 11:37 PM
  #1
Foal
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hi,
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
  #2
Started
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
  #3
Foal
Thanks for your advice. I will look around.
     
    12-13-2011, 07:15 PM
  #4
Started
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
  #5
Showing
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
  #6
Yearling
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
  #7
Foal
Ok . Thanks everyone. I think I might look round and find some things!!!
Thanks!!!!!!
     
    12-14-2011, 12:45 PM
  #8
Banned
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 jumps..it 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
  #9
Showing
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
  #10
Foal
OK. Thanks. I have gotten some good ideas and hopefully will make some nice jumps!!!
Thanks everyone for your help!!!!!
     

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