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    01-26-2007, 02:47 PM
  #11
Foal
I prefer both

I think that in order to be a good jumper one must jump all kinds of jumps.In order durability, I think wood is stronger but in easy to handle I would choose plastic.
     
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    02-07-2007, 06:49 PM
  #12
Yearling
Personally I don't mind either. I often use PvC pipes like for plumming for trotting poles and wood for jumps
     
    02-08-2007, 08:31 AM
  #13
Foal
Definity go for the plastic poles!!!
I had wooden ones for years and they're heavy and they always need repainting.!
Plastic ones are light, the colour doesnt come off and they're better in the long run.
Leonora x
     
    02-25-2007, 03:56 PM
  #14
Foal
Plastic are safer for the horse and you you would rather land on a plastic one than a wooden one!
     
    03-04-2007, 11:47 AM
  #15
Weanling
You should use both plastic and wooden, because some shows you go to may have wooden jumps and some may have plastic.

I prefer wooden myself because my trainer's husband makes all the jumps himself. As for the wood; if you don't let them sit on the ground for a month and absorb the moisture they won't warp. You can also put a clear sealent (i don't know how to spell that) on it and it wil keep the paint from chipping.

I think plastic poles break way to easy. I have also had bad experiences where the horse hits the pole and it flies foward instead of falling straight down, and the horse ends up landing on the pole and hurting themselves even more than they would have if it were wooden.

I jump plastic and wooden jumps but I prefer wooden. It also depends on how much someone is willing to spend on poles too, but I think I have said enough.
     
    03-04-2007, 10:36 PM
  #16
Foal
I personally prefur the plastic standards & cups to the wooden ones. The majority of plastics [atleast the ones that we have] are light weight, durable & can withstand everything. Never once have I seen a plastic cup break or crack, & the standards are good in all weather, we left ours in the snow for a whole winter and they're still wonderful. The problem with Wooden jumps is the paint chips, the wood can chip, they can become a slight hazard if you're jumping a plank and a peice of wood comes flying off [and those of you who think the chances of that are slim, that may be true, but i've seen it happen and it hit the rider in the back of the head which alarmed the horse with the noise it made]. Also, they need to be stored undercover. However, that depends on where you live; here in British Columbia, about 75% of the year, we have to have them stored because the rain can rot the wood & makes the paint more seseptable to peeling, as with the snow. If you're going to have to haul your standards around alot also, wooden standards can become a pain in the butt as they're not nearly as light as the plastic ones.
     

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