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post #1 of 12 Old 02-21-2010, 08:01 PM Thread Starter
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How long should a jump rail be?

So how long should a rail be?

I was at lowes looking at PVC. I didnt check out the wood ones yet, because I realized I need some imput as to size hehe. Lowes has 5 ft and 10ft rails, 5 foot seems way to short and well 10 seems to long. My boyfriend suggest i get the 10 and cut them down. Seems like a waste to me. I'm using them for those little cavalettis stands, not for jump standards.
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post #2 of 12 Old 02-21-2010, 08:33 PM
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I would go for the 10ft rails. At my house we have 8ft - 12ft rails, but I like the 10ft the best because they seem more inviting when we are jumping:)
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post #3 of 12 Old 02-21-2010, 09:35 PM
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10 feet are a perfect size !

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I was looking at them standing straight up on the wall. I think they just look way too long that way lol. I should have pulled one out and put it on the floor. Then someone would come over, and I would have to explain to them what doing. Sometimes the people there are just a little too helpful/ friendly lol.
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Honestly... I'd go with the fives. Yes, they're narrower. I know that. I use fives because if I practice over them, I'll hit my jump. Every. Single. Time. It's a great way to practice aiming straight for what you want. Challenging, yes, but IMO, much better for you and your horse, especially over tiny fences.
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post #6 of 12 Old 02-22-2010, 09:21 AM
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Depending on how much money you want to spend....... I would get 2 of each. two 5ft and two 10ft. :)

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post #7 of 12 Old 02-22-2010, 09:33 AM
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I would get a few of both if you could afford it. Its good practice with the 5ft.

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post #8 of 12 Old 02-22-2010, 10:08 AM
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At our barn (and most shows) the rails are 12 feet. We have a smaller ring where we often use 10 ft rails so we can fit in more jumps. Our "skinnys" are usually about 8 feet. I'd go with the 10.
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post #9 of 12 Old 02-22-2010, 11:09 AM
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Get a variety of lengths. 10-12' is average, but using narrower poles for ground and jump work also serves a purpose in training.
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post #10 of 12 Old 02-22-2010, 06:44 PM Thread Starter
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Now that I think about it 5 will be to small. Im walking my horse over them, since I cant ride ATM.
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