Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
• Horses: 0
Here are some things about that jump.
As has been said, when poles are hit, they need to be able to drop right to the ground and lay there. This can't happen with this jump, so there is a good chance a horse can get tangled in this jump.
Plastic, like the chairs and some thinner PVC pipes will break, easily, if they are hit. When the do get hit and break, they will break into razor sharp slicing pieces. I saw a horse cut an artery in their leg when they were sliced by a broken PVC pipe. Those chairs would break this way.
Thin lightweight poles can break into a stabbing spear. They also do nothing to teach a horse to respect a pole and to try not to hit one. I like HEAVY wooden poles. If you must use PVC, you need to use very HEAVY large pipes, so it will be harder to break. And, they must be stored out of the sun to keep them from oxidizing and becoming brittle.
Have I jumped very questionable jumps that were ill advised as a kid? You bet. I have been very lucky not to have been hurt or hurt my horses..