Is this jump dangerous?

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    03-10-2014, 06:48 AM
Is this jump dangerous?

I personally would think not, I've jumped my uncoordinated horse over it a tonne, and he's knocked it with no hassle, the chairs don't get in the way and personally I would think there's no chance of it hurting me or my horse more than any other jump would.
Apparently others disagree as I've had three people tell me that I deserve to have my horse taken off of me for putting him in so much danger?
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    03-10-2014, 08:45 AM
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I really, really dislike jumps made of lawn chairs. If something happens and the horse hits them, they may very well get stuck on his legs and cause a horrific accident.
    03-10-2014, 09:10 AM
It certainly would not be my choice of jump using chairs or poles as those are....

Chances of mishap and the horse being caught up in those chairs, poles or paint cans...

You've jumped over the thing many times incident free, thankfully...
Yet, it only takes one incident to have serious or deadly injuries sustained by your horse or you for that matter...
That "fence" is unforgiving if the unthinkable happens the way it is constructed...

I would rather jump less fences but the ones I do jump are made so there is a "escape" for my horse and I if needed...
I see you have a "conventional" jump in the background..that would be my "happier" choice to jump.

The chairs...great for a rest period...not so much for jump standards...

    03-10-2014, 09:11 AM
Yes it's dangerous. The horse can refuse and end up tangled in the chairs, you could fall off and get thrown on them. The plastic could snap and stab you or your horse.

If you're adamant to build your own jumps you should buy straw bales and cover them.
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    03-10-2014, 09:13 AM
Hello Marlea.

When you set up a jump the poles should be able to fall down to the ground if the horse knocks them, preventing them subsequently being a leg trap for his leg(s) to fall between. In this picture it looks to me that if the poles were knocked by the horse on his approach, or 'kicked back' as he went over, they would be stopped from falling by the uprights on the chair.

So yes, I do think it has potential to be dangerous.

It is not the jump per se that is dangerous, it is the way it is constructed so that it will NOT all fall to the ground that is very dangerous.
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    03-10-2014, 10:26 AM
It's really quite easy to construct your own jump standards. All it takes is a couple slabs of wood, a hand saw and a drill and about 1-2 hours for one persons work. Jump cups are, like, five bucks. You already have the poles so voila. Jumps. Much safer than lawn chairs.
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    03-10-2014, 10:57 AM
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Those poles worry me more than the chairs which I imagine are so light they'd fall over easily though he could get his legs stuck in them if they went underneath him - but the poles look like some sort of thin canes that could break into sharp splinters that could end up stuck in his chest or belly if he landed on them.
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    03-10-2014, 11:25 AM
Not a safe jump at all. Those chairs will go flying all over the place if he hits a pole.
    03-10-2014, 12:57 PM
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Well all jumps are dangerous on some level. Our job as equestrians are to make them as safe as they can possibly for our horses and for ourselves. Personally I would NOT jump a jump made of plastic garden chairs as they do have a tendency to break and splinter and if the worst came to the worst, then this could do some damage to horse and rider.

I would not go as far to say that you deserve to have your horse taken away from you though :/
    03-11-2014, 05:06 PM
I use plastic lawn chairs and PVC pipe when jumping my dog (hes in agility, I only have a few regulation agility obstacles), and from my experience with that, I wouldnt put a horse over them unless you put the pole on the very top over the back, but that would obviously make the jump much larger than what you have pictured. I also clearly remember fooling around with my friends jumping the same obstacle. I got a bit clumsy and grabbed the pole with my ankle. The entire thing came with me, and pulled me to the ground. I can't imagine if a horse had a similar incident. I wasnt badly hurt, maybe a bruise, but if a horse had fallen like that?

Should you have your horse taken away? God no. He/she looks very happy and healthy in your care. Whoever said that was being rude or jealous. I would uust advise againat thisparticular jump

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