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    02-15-2014, 04:38 PM
  #1
Foal
Homemade Jumps

Does anyone have any ideas about cheap, safe, and effective homemade jumps?? I would like to know some beginner jumps to set up. Thank you for reading!!
     
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    02-16-2014, 05:16 AM
  #2
Foal
Jump Wings

Hello! I have a web link for a website that tells you how to make the jump wings out of timber - it is a dog agility website but if you scale things up a bit then they'd turn into horse jumps!

Simple jump wings

Have fun and make sure you stay safe when using homemade jumps!
CrispThePony

P.S. For jump cups (to hold the poles to the wings), I would personally buy them as I think it will be hard and fiddly to make some that are strong enough to support the weight. For poles, you can use any wooden poles - make sure they don't have any splintery bits on them - it will save you getting lots of splinters in you and your pony! Make sure the poles are long enough so that your pony doesn't run out at the skinny width of the fence.

P.P.S. You can paint your jumps and poles to make them more interesting if you want! :)
     
    02-16-2014, 12:19 PM
  #3
Weanling
Beginner jumps to me are just little cross poles and such.

Get some milk crates (you know, the square plastic ones). They work perfectly for making little 'standards' for cross pole jumps and little verticals. They are also VERY easy to move around the arena for setting up/disassembling jumps.

I use milk crates myself, for making little jumps like I described, and also for 'markers' around the arena for things like turning, marking out circle distances, etc.

I ask around at local businesses like mcdonalds, etc if I can take a few milk crates. Usually they are fine with that. Free jump equipment, thanks!
     
    02-16-2014, 12:41 PM
  #4
Yearling
Tires work well for the above too. And you can stack as many as you need.

I make my own jump standards. A pair is simple as two 4x4s and 2
Two 2x4s and about 30 mins of time. You can buy jump cups for five bucks.
     
    02-16-2014, 10:09 PM
  #5
Foal
Thanks guys!! I will have to research all of them and try them out!! Thank you much!
     
    02-16-2014, 11:33 PM
  #6
Started
I seem to recall a friend using old Tidy Cats litter buckets to make jumps. We never used that brand, but apparently it used to come in big plastic buckets that had indentations on the bottom the right size for poles. Don't know if they still do, but maybe something to look into if you have cats.

Basically, anything that will safely support a pole
     
    02-17-2014, 12:03 AM
  #7
Foal
I have always made my jumps with PVC pipe or occasionally downed tree limbs with all the pokies cut off. I used a 2x4 with an X shaped bottom (stand) and quartered plastic soda bottles (cut the top off then half it length-wise) nail to the 2x4 and you have your jump cups. They hold the PVC great!
     
    02-17-2014, 01:36 PM
  #8
Foal
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Originally Posted by dreambig92    
I have always made my jumps with PVC pipe or occasionally downed tree limbs with all the pokies cut off. I used a 2x4 with an X shaped bottom (stand) and quartered plastic soda bottles (cut the top off then half it length-wise) nail to the 2x4 and you have your jump cups. They hold the PVC great!
I was told to not use PVC pipe because it is too lightwieght and your horse will not learn to jump cleanly because it doesn't hurt if they hit the pole. Thanks for the other advice though
     
    02-17-2014, 02:26 PM
  #9
Started
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Originally Posted by Luvofthehorse    
I was told to not use PVC pipe because it is too lightwieght and your horse will not learn to jump cleanly because it doesn't hurt if they hit the pole. Thanks for the other advice though
I would definitely agree here- my horse illustrates that fact They're ok for some horses, but others think nothing of plowing right through them. Until you know your horse and his jumping style I would stick to wooden poles only.
     
    02-17-2014, 02:30 PM
  #10
Weanling
Another issue with pvc poles is that they can become brittle in colder weather and if your horse hits it it can snap into pieces that are dangerously sharp.

I used to use pvc poles for jumping. They were very thick and very good quality so I did not worry about the breakage. I also never used them in cooler weather, only in the summer. They served their purpose but I did find my horse did not 'respect' them fully and would bump them because he knew there was no hard whack to be had like with wood poles.
     

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