Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The Bluegrass State
I use PVC because I can't afford wood, like many others. But I do take a few cheap measures to make them a little better.
I wrap them in duct tape - Red stripes, much like you see painted on the wood ones. The duct tape, IMO, makes them less easy to shatter. I put thr stripes starting with one large one in the middle, where the horse would likely hit, and a few small ones other than that, for decoration. This also helps me aim for the middle of the jumps :p
I also fill them with gravel. Not completely packed in, of course, but enough to make them weigh just about as much as the wooden poles. I put caps on the end, which you can also buy, and it works really well :) For me, the weight of wooden poles didn't matter to me, so just putting it back on was fine. And I didn't want to have the drawback of Cowboy learning he could drop his feet.
~ When I Die, Remember Me By My Horses ~
* Because They Are Responsible *
.: For Letting Me Live :. (c) xJumperx