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        02-17-2014, 02:46 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
    Definitely avoid PVC pipes if you can.

    Other than that, you've received some great suggestions. You can also purchase cheap ones from Dover--and check out Facebook groups like English Tack Trader. There are a few jump makers that advertise there~
         
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        02-17-2014, 02:53 PM
      #12
    Foal
    Are there any other materials for jump poles that are super cheap?
         
        02-17-2014, 03:18 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    Check out your local online classifieds for fencing materials. I often find ads on my local 'kijiji' (like craigslist, but more popular up here in Canada) for used fence posts and such for cheap or sometimes even free if you go pick up. They would work, but they just might not be your standard 10 foot long or longer poles. I've used 8 foot poles before, they work, but it is nice to have a bit more length to the pole.
         
        02-17-2014, 03:56 PM
      #14
    Foal
    This website has quite a few useful jumps if anyone else needs some.Home Made Horse Jumps - Home Made Horse Jumps
         
        02-24-2014, 10:00 PM
      #15
    Foal
    I use a lot of PVC pipe myself, simply because I cannot afford anything else. What I do though is "stuff" the hollow PVC pipe with rocks, etc. to weight them down. It creates enough of a firm thwack plus uncomfortable rattling noise that Diamond jumps to avoid knocking them.
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        02-25-2014, 03:17 AM
      #16
    Started
    I have used PVC pipes in the past and all my horses have jumped them fine... However, they are too lightweight o be safe (unless your going to fill them with rocks like DiamondJumper has said)...
    Case One: Jumping my old mare one day when a random but very small gust of wind blew the pole TOWARDS us while we were only 4 canter strides away.. Tell you what, my mare had never ever stopped and ran backwards so darn quickly.. Even after seeing dreaded evil pigs.
    Case Two: Jumped my gelding over 1m, he had been clearing it but didn't quite clear it on this occasion and managed to catch it on his knees, it bounced up and got caught above his tucked up knees and then tangled itself in front of one front leg and behind the other, causing him to lose balance upon landing.. Lucky for us I had slipped my reins and he had his head to get his balance back, very very lucky, if he didn't manage to get his balance back and right himself we would have both ended up flat on the ground, I probably would have ended up underneath him. The only reaction he had was to take a couple galloping strides away from the pole when it finally hit the ground, while I regathered my reins.
    If I had been using a wooden pole it would have just dropped, not bounced up in the first place.

    Other than that, I use anything I can find, Tyres, buckets, 44gallon drums, old unused road cones, even an old plastic water trough type thing as a filler (very very scary according to Mitch haha!)
         
        03-02-2014, 01:12 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    I advocate PVC pipe - if you get the right kind.

    I get the nicer, thicker ones and fill them with that Play-Sand you can buy for a couple bucks at Lowe's, and get the little caps that go on the end. My guys/gals respect the poles even when hollow, but I like to have a little weight in them just in case. To help prevent breakage, and to make them more visually appealing, I wrap them with those neon-colored duck tapes. A couple different colors and you've got show-worthy poles!

    As for the standards, we build ours. A couple 4x4s, 2x4s, and a good drill is all you need! Jump cups are cheap, and voila! You've got standards that will last you from beginner to grand prix. We also use barrels and old hay/straw bales to mix it up a little.

    The milk crates are also a great idea I think. Great way to build oxers and triple bars. How do you get the poles to stay put, though?

    Hope this helps! :)
         
        03-02-2014, 02:43 PM
      #18
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by xJumperx    
    The milk crates are also a great idea I think. Great way to build oxers and triple bars. How do you get the poles to stay put, though?
    i lay the poles across the top of the overturned milk crate, in the centre of the crate. Sure, they fall off the crates if the horse hits the pole, but that's the case with jump cups on a standard too. Just jump off, fix jump, get back on horse, lol. If you've built your 'milk crate jump' level on flat land then you won't have any issue with the pole rolling off the crate by itself.

    As far as building larger jumps with milk crates, I personally wouldn't. If a horse hit the poles on a 3 pole wide oxer built with crates, I see the whole jump flying all over the place, crates falling down, etc. not a good scenario!
         
        03-03-2014, 07:37 AM
      #19
    Yearling
    Wood fence poles at lowes are cheaper than PVC pipe and are weather treated and have a flat side so that don't roll around and blance a little better.
         
        03-03-2014, 08:53 AM
      #20
    Foal
    You can use pvc but its not solid and your horse will know it the fist time he bumps it. The problem with that is some horses become lazy and don't even bother trying to tuck their legs up and if you show this could mean a lot of faults. We used 4x4's for standards and some round wooden fence posts for poles. It was pretty cheap. The most expensive part was the jump cups. Youcan also try craigslist. Sounds strange but my neighbor got a set of 7 jumps with poles and cups for around $200
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