Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Washington state
This is what I did when looking for a super cheap, lightweight, easy to transport and infinitely variable solution:
Hardware store- I went to Lowes, in the plumbing supply section you will find pipe insulators. They are a styrofoam like material, come in various diameters and around 6 feet long. They cost right around a $1 each. I'd say get no less than 12 to start. More is better. Get a larger diameter that will not bow to much if you hold it out from one end.
Next: go to the section where they have "flagging tape." That's the florescent non stick tape you see used in all sorts of places like electric fences and construction sites. Grab a roll or two of that. That's only about $1 - $2.
Pick up a roll of florescent actual sticky tape, which I found in the paint section. (another buck or so.)
Finally: Some of those plastic fencing poles, you can start with 4. Not sure if your hardware store will have those but your local farm and feed should. Those run around $3 - $4.
At home: with the sticky tape, attach the non sticky flagging tape to one end of your pipe insulator. Wrap the flagging tape spirally around the pipe, tape off at the other end. Do this to each pipe.
Um, that's pretty much it. LOL
You can now lay these things out in whatever configuration you can imagine for your horse to maneuver through. You can use the fence posts in whatever fashion you'd like also, maybe for stopping points, goal posts, for creating varied heights with the tubes, flags etc. You can also use them to set up small jumps with the tubes. *the larger diameter tubes will hold up better, with less bowing, for this option.
This was a perfect solution for me since I often end up working with my horse in different locations with variable landscapes. It's easy to travel with, very minimal chance of injury to the horses or myself and super cheap. I can stick those fence posts into to ground wherever and rearrange them in a second. I use the flag tape to tie the pipes to the posts when I want to arrange them that way. Plus, it's so much easier and faster to set up all kinds of configurations than lugging around stuff like poles, logs and tires and I can keep my horse always guessing.
Hope that helps,
Here's to heathy hooves and happy horses!