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blue eyed pony 12-26-2011 05:13 AM

got wood and pattern for standards - now ideas for painting them?
Um. What that says ^

I got money for Christmas and went and bought some wood with which to make jump standards. I can make 2 sets of 4' standards so I need ideas on how to paint them. They'll just be upright poles and I want them to be interesting/scary-looking :D

In future I might buy some plywood to glue and screw on to make scary-looking jump wings but for now I don't want to make things too complicated as I'm a complete novice with woodworking. The paintbrush, on the other hand, I'm good with.

Corazon Lock 12-26-2011 11:01 PM

I had my dad build me a few wooden standards this summer (I know nothing about woodworking). I actually kept them natural, but you can get really creative with the poles. Although yours sound like they are wood (mine are PVC) duck tape is a really quick, cool, and easy way to decorate your poles. I went to Menards and bought different colors and patterns. You just roll the duck tape on, and through the rain and snow here, the duck tape has held up amazingly. Here's one of the jumps I made, but I also made one with zebra stripes, teal and white, and red, white, and blue. Have fun!

blue eyed pony 12-27-2011 03:46 AM

Wow, looks cool :D I don't know if tape would stick on my poles but that's an awesome idea that I might try with paint.

yeah I won't use PVC poles, I just know too many people whose horses have learned to get lazy and considering my dork is lazy with small fences anyway I don't want to risk it. I need to get some more poles (I only have 8) but I want these standards done first. And while I'm at it fix one set of my nice wings!

blue eyed pony 12-28-2011 09:19 AM

Well one standard is halfway done but there's about 3 miles of sawing that needs to be done before I can finish and I just can't be bothered so tomorrow after work I will pinch my grandfather's bandsaw and finish up with that.

oh and I need to pick up another flat plank for the "feet" because I only have half of what I need for the feet for all four standards.

CarrotMan 12-29-2011 12:07 PM

I've seen some basic upright 4x4 standards that had wrapping grape vines and other small details painted on them (didn't someone here at HF post a set of standards that had ladybugs on them?) Must've taken a few hours to paint all of that detail. They looked really nice, but once the sun and the weather starts to beat on them for a while all of that delicate detail work is going to chip up and get battered.

The detailed designs are nice for our eyes, but from further away than 10 yards or so it can't be appreciated well, and a horse is oblivious to it at any distance. Through extensive research, I've discovered that the only small objects that horses care about and can see well from almost any distance are carrot chunks, cookies, and treats.

IMHO, I think any small detail paint work is better suited for the wings and fillers and not the standard uprights or rails.

A few pieces of painters tape around the 4x4's can easily make a block design. Good for the horses to see and easy to touch up any dings to the paint later on. Here are some teal and pink ones....

blue eyed pony 12-31-2011 08:20 AM

That looks awesome carrot man! I need to get some more poles (2 for each set of standards plus two to complete the collection I already have, and maybe 6 for trot/canter poles - 12 poles should be easy right?) and I'm sooo close to having one standard finished, I just have to finish off one join. Unfortunately the glue needs to cure for 24 hours before I can drill guide holes for the screws.

My upright posts are 70mmx70mm, I would have them 4x4 but the hardware place doesn't stock them and the timber place is too expensive for a personal "first try" project.

I'm thinking I might leave one set "natural" - stain the wood and then seal it with an exterior sealant - and then paint the other set. Just need to choose colours!

Saddlebag 12-31-2011 08:35 AM

There's a reason for painting jumps the colors you see in the big jumping courses. It has to do with what colors the horse can see and that it doesn't blend with the ground. That is why red and white are chosen. A horse doesn't see the full color spectrum like we do.

blue eyed pony 12-31-2011 08:44 AM

I have red and white already though and my horse needs to be used to seeing unusual/scary things. I know they see black a lot better than they see white (it's weird but true) and yellow and black scares the living daylights out of my gelding so I might go with that.

Traffic signs are terrifying apparently and traffic sign fences are a common feature on cross-country courses in my area because of that.

Strange 01-03-2012 09:43 AM

There was a fence I jumped once at a show that was bright orange and yellow and had caution tape and orange traffic signs on it. That was definitely a game changer for a number of riders.

blue eyed pony 01-03-2012 09:56 AM

hahahaha yes those frightening ones really are what sort the wheat from the chaff. I had to jump a rainbow once with my old pony, well, 3 times actually because we were in 3 rounds on the day. First two rounds easy peasy, because we'd done a lot of jumping a lot higher and I was riding him REALLY forward into it because many of the other competitors were having trouble with it... and then the third round, the highest, I figured it would be no problem and we very nearly got a refusal.

Goes to show that the only reason he jumped it the first two times was that I was riding him confidently and forward enough that he didn't even see that it was scary.

I might find out who to talk to to get my hands on some old traffic signs to make jump filler with. I have cones but they just aren't scary enough.

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