I heard that at the show that I'm going to this weekend, all the jumps will have "breakaway cups." What are breakaway cups? I doubt this will affect me much because I'm only doing very low jumps, but I was just curious.
They are for safety. My understanding is they will break off in case of accident. We use them and they don't break easy, like from knocking, but have seen them break when a horse plowed. Posted via Mobile Device
They come apart if you hit them. They're made up of two parts. The cup part that holds the rail and the part that goes around the standard.The rails don't fall out any eaiser or anything. Should you plow through the jump the whole thing will fall apart easier but as a whole it shouldn't affect you at all.
Isn't a breakaway cup the kind that clips together and if it takes a significant hit from above they will separate? So if you plow through the jump it makes no difference but if the horse hits the pole from above you're less likely to have broken legs and poles.
I dislike cups that don't break away but I don't think the breakaways are available in a model that fits my standards so I make do. One of these days I'll have to get some keyhole strips, they're more flexible for heights and you can use the breakaway cups.