Luckily standards are simple! Go to Home Depot, Lowes, or local hardware/home improvement store and get 4X4's - get attractive ones. Get some outdoor paint, and some PVC poles about 3-4 inches wide by however long you want your jump width to be. If you don't want ot use PVC (although it looks fine if you paint them) you can find 'natural' looking logs on someone's or your property that are rather straight, or just use round poles. You need 2X4's to make the base for the standards. Drill through the 4X4's for your holes, mark them well with a tape measure so they are dead on - AFTER you have completed the base, so that you know it is that high off the ground! Holes go every three inches - make sure the cups hold true to the heighth. I am sure there is a wealth of information and pics on the internet to help you pick what style base you want, they are all relitively the same but the most important part! Paint whatever you make - it will clean it up and help them last. Once you get good at that, you can get fancy and make lattice posts and even a wooden coupe if you desire and have a free day. It is totally doable! Good luck! You need to probably get the cups and pins online. I would think horse.com has them - they have everything! (P.S. - you can nail OR screw, but screws are supposed to last longer and are easier to put in, and don't cause cracks. Don't go cheap on your hardware!)
Last edited by 94broncoxlt; 04-03-2012 at 11:30 PM.