Yey! My BO likes the idea of putting a few cross country obstacles around the hay fields. We only have space for a few, and the typical log from large fallen tree is already there. I'm thinking a coop would be a good one and could use suggestions for a 3rd or 4th. Also, since I have no clue how to build them, does anyone know of any websites showing how to build safe solid fences? Just small stuff. BN size at best.
Well, if this hay field doesn't belong to MyBoyPuck - a ditch is absolutely a bad idea unless permission is given.
I will tell you, properly made CC fences are not easy to make and take a skilled person who has experience in construction to help you out. Lots of cutting, sawing, drilling. I know, I've built fences and they take hours and knowledge.
Tire jumps are interesting and fun to jump, but difficult to make. You need to dig a somewhat ditch in the length you want the jump to be *one end to the other* so that the tires will beable to fit into it enough to remain supported and solid.
Then you want a long pole, to match the length of the ditch, or a tree stump small enough to work...whichever you want..... and then start placing the tires into the groove you dug, making sure the pole goes inside.
Then you want to hammer 2 posts, one on each side of the tire jump, and tie the pole that you strung through the middle of the tires with a strong and sturdy rope, with a proper CC knot. Then you want to take 2 more poles or trunks of a tree, and place them on each side of the tires to support the tires - sorta like you would with ground poles on each side of the stadium fence.
Eventually you get this:
I have many pictures of CC fences from the barn I used to Work and Train at - but they aren't simple to make. If you want to see more, let me know and I'd be happy to help you out.
I love tire jumps.
There are lots of books available about building jumps.
Heres the two I have.
A Basic Guide to Building Cross-Country Fences-Philip Herbert
Making Your Own Jumps-Mary Gordon Watson.
I wish I was more helpful, but I'm hopeless with tools ^^'.
Thanks for the book ideas. While the tire ones do look interesting, I don't want to put anything ugly on the property. I'm looking more for natural type stuff. I'll hit the book store and see what I can build. I don't really have a need for a ditch. Puck has no issues whatsoever with ditches or banks from all his trail riding. It's almost like he likes the obstacles to have a bit of a challeng to them. He gets all proud of himself when he navigates a bank. The boy's got talent. I just need to catch up with him!