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sillybunny11486 02-21-2010 09:01 PM

How long should a jump rail be?
 
So how long should a rail be?

I was at lowes looking at PVC. I didnt check out the wood ones yet, because I realized I need some imput as to size hehe. Lowes has 5 ft and 10ft rails, 5 foot seems way to short and well 10 seems to long. My boyfriend suggest i get the 10 and cut them down. Seems like a waste to me. I'm using them for those little cavalettis stands, not for jump standards.

kslive4myhorse 02-21-2010 09:33 PM

I would go for the 10ft rails. At my house we have 8ft - 12ft rails, but I like the 10ft the best because they seem more inviting when we are jumping:)

gypsygirl 02-21-2010 10:35 PM

10 feet are a perfect size !

sillybunny11486 02-21-2010 11:03 PM

I was looking at them standing straight up on the wall. I think they just look way too long that way lol. I should have pulled one out and put it on the floor. Then someone would come over, and I would have to explain to them what doing. Sometimes the people there are just a little too helpful/ friendly lol.

EventinginMI 02-22-2010 12:38 AM

Honestly... I'd go with the fives. Yes, they're narrower. I know that. I use fives because if I practice over them, I'll hit my jump. Every. Single. Time. It's a great way to practice aiming straight for what you want. Challenging, yes, but IMO, much better for you and your horse, especially over tiny fences.

xoSonnyLove1234 02-22-2010 10:21 AM

Depending on how much money you want to spend....... I would get 2 of each. two 5ft and two 10ft. :)

Jillyann 02-22-2010 10:33 AM

I would get a few of both if you could afford it. Its good practice with the 5ft.

upnover 02-22-2010 11:08 AM

At our barn (and most shows) the rails are 12 feet. We have a smaller ring where we often use 10 ft rails so we can fit in more jumps. Our "skinnys" are usually about 8 feet. I'd go with the 10.

Mercedes 02-22-2010 12:09 PM

Get a variety of lengths. 10-12' is average, but using narrower poles for ground and jump work also serves a purpose in training.

sillybunny11486 02-22-2010 07:44 PM

Now that I think about it 5 will be to small. Im walking my horse over them, since I cant ride ATM.


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