Building my own CC jumps? =]
So, I have a small course of about 12 or 13 jumps made of logs, branches, a few old christmas trees, a couple of barrels... but I'm getting slightly bored.
I live on five [wooded] acres, and since I board down the road, it's easy to build jumps on the trails and in the field, using hills and such to our advantage, and just ride right down to my house. I really enjoy making the courses, and it's really fun to ride them, but I would love to build some new things. They are all safe jumps, that fall down if he hits them, etc, but I would love love love to build something new out of what I have, or even cut up some more logs and things if you've got an idea. =]
Anyone have some creative ideas for jumps that would maybe make Zip look twice and not be so bored?
you coould find some 'scarey' things to put on and around the jumps to challenge your horse, lol you could find things like christmas tinsel, or LIGHTS! lol thats all i can think of right now, but if i get any other ideas to make jumping fun i will pst them! :)
i like putting tarps over jumps
also you can make a coop by leaning pallets on a vertical or oxer [on one or both sides]
Well, my barn makes our own cross-country jumps and a couple ones that I like don't seem too too hard. There's one (I'm sorry that I don't know the names) that is basically a ditch with a cross-rail of logs over it. It would be pretty simple to change the height and style of the jump over it to fit what you want. Here's a couple more...
Here's one that seems relatively simple- you would just nail planks to a sheet of wood and set a log on top.
Here's another one- it's pretty simple, and you could always add something a bit more eye-catching for your horse as 'filler' instead of those boughs.
The first jump makes the log look pretty big, but my instructor is about 5'5"/5'6" as a comparison.
Some things that might make him think are maybe combining jumps. There's one at my barn that's shaped like a V- you can jump one, and do kind of a roll-back thing, which can be kind of tricky and it would probably engage their mind a bit more. I wasn't sure exactly what you were looking for, but you could always change them so they're less solid if you wanted.
Thanks! I love those ideas, everyone. =]
Anrz- I was talking with my instructor about the ditch- she said it's very hard to make it safe, what with re-enforcing the sides so if he stops, he doesn't go flying down. =] So I'll have to pass on that one, but I really like the other two jumps.
I'm just looking for something that's relatively easy to build, can be solid, just don't have the $$ to buy all sorts of things. We have a shed full of scrap lumber, so I'll just have to see what I can build out of what we have!
What perfect timing you guys have! I was just about to build some jumps too and was looking for the exact two in that picture! Thanks.
By the way I saw some of your jumps when I was at your house and I would love to give your course a try sometime!
I agree add stuff like traps or yard gnomes etc around your jumps to challenge your horse visually.
The whole tarp idea... I've used it before, and he just went, "Ooookay, flappy, noisy sheet, no biggie. My momma's nuts." =]
He's pretty un-flappable as far as jumps and things go. I've ridden him down a local "Main Street" type of road, gravel trucks, motorcycles, cars, trucks, bikes, you name it, and he's as steady as they come. =] Frankly, I get more scared than he does!
I'm still getting around to building things- been a crammed week!
QH- let me know when, and I'll brush the snow off of them. The footing is good, and not slick at all. If you'd like to, we could potentially set up a time to build some stuff together, over Christmas break or whenever, if you'd like to walk the course and help out designing it, up to you. =]
you could also make a liverpool using a tarp !
Hey I could totally come help you set some stuff up. Prolly too cold to do my ditch idea right now though. Hopefully by spring I will have a horse that I can actually take around your course too!
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