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    10-08-2009, 06:31 PM
Skinny jumps

So I made some mini portable jumps standards that I can bring with me when I ride in a nearby ring that happens to be huge but has no jumps. I need to be able to cram as many standards and poles as possible into my little Honda. I found some 10' heavy PVC poles. I was thinking of cutting them on half and using 5' wide jumps. Think that would be safe? It's just low verticals with the goal of jumping straight and improving my own position.
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    10-08-2009, 08:33 PM
Green Broke
I just went to a show where all of the little ring jumps were 8 feet and they were all very easily jumped with no worries of taking out a standard with toes, even for those who don't steer that well. I'm thinking the skinny in our jumper ring is about 6 feet and it's fairly easy as well. 5 feet would be pushing it but I think it would be ok.
    10-08-2009, 08:36 PM
Green Broke
Just like to add though I absolutely hate PVC poles. They might be easily carried but they're too lightweight so they fall from the cups easily and they can shatter if they're hit, which can be dangerous to you and/or your horse. Have you considered going to Lowe's or somewhere and getting some landscaping timbers? They're heavier but much much better! And I think they're like, 6 feet?
    10-08-2009, 09:06 PM
Yeah, I know the PVC is a little light, but it makes for easier setup and teardown. I'll have to unload and pick up all the jumps each time I ride since it's a public riding ring. The PVC I found is on the heavy side. It's definitely a heavier guage than some of the stuff I've seen.
    10-08-2009, 10:13 PM
I have the pvc poles and I loooove them! I hate wood ones! Ugh awful!
    10-09-2009, 12:36 AM
PVC Poles can be quite dangerous. My Coach has seen horses hit them and get impaled by them.

Skinny's are tricky if you don't ride them right. When I cliniqued with Dorothy Crowell she introduced Skinny's to us and explained that we have to imagine a tunnel is infront of the jump.

You have to ride deep. You have to keep your horse between your legs, sit up tall and look beyond the fence. By looking beyond the fence you keep the tunnel from collapsing in on you. If you look at the fence at all, the walls will collapse around you and blocking the flow for your horse to get to the fence.
    10-09-2009, 04:23 PM
The barn where I used to board had a few PVC rails. The only time I saw one crack was when a horse stepped on it. I would prefer wooden rails, but you have to do what you have to do... If you're going to be setting up and tearing down each time you ride - yea, go for PVC. Just boot your horse's legs.

Here is a picture of a skinny at a horse trial I did, pretty sure it was about 6' wide. You could definitely go smaller.
    10-12-2009, 04:28 PM
Haa I go wayyyy smaller
    10-12-2009, 06:08 PM
Yeah, it's looks like plenty of room. If anything, it will force me to be a more effective rider since steering will be a bigger issue with a smaller target.
    10-22-2009, 12:44 PM
I have done a like 4 foot cross before so not impossible but hard to get in the right place

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