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Savvy Debonair 02-26-2011 05:35 AM

Jump poles, is there a "Correct" length?
 
My mother and i where advised by the chiropractor to work Red over trot poles frequently, seeing as we dont have many (2 lol), we went to Bunnings to assess what they had. They had 2.4m and 3m i think. Now my question is;

Is there a correct length of pole the horses needs or is it a matter of preference?

We wanted to get the smaller ones because they would be easier to store as we agist and the guy is, less then pleased we decided to get these poles :S. But he doesn't mind aslong as we keep everything neat and tidy. So either size would be fine, so i was just wondering if it was sensible to get the longer poles then the shorter, or does it not matter?

~ Savvy

HollyBubbles 02-26-2011 06:12 AM

Some people might say otherwise, but personally I don't think it matters. My poles are pvc pipes with the ends blocked off and filled with sand (so they dont fly around like pvc does) and they range from 70cm long to 3m, mind you the 70cm one only gets walked over I don't use it to jump with. The average length of my poles seem to be around 2m, but that is my preference because they are still brightly coloured, but my horses get used to jumping narrow jumps so when we get out to shows the don't seem to be worried as they have more space to jump the show jumps.
-Some might say otherwise but this is just my opinion :)

Savvy Debonair 02-26-2011 05:22 PM

Thanks for the answer Holly ^_^ Sounds like a good idea then :D.

trynottofall 02-26-2011 05:26 PM

There really is no difference. At the barn that I ride at there are all different lengths and kinds of poles. If you are planning on setting up/building jumps I would go with the longer ones but if you just plan on putting up a few poles it really doesn't matter. Choose whatever one you think you and your horse would like best.

gypsygirl 02-26-2011 05:33 PM

i personally prefer wood poles only. pvc can shatter.

my poles are all 8 or 10ft long which is perfect for trotting poles or to be used for jumps.

upnover 02-26-2011 11:44 PM

The "standard" at most shows (except schooling) are 12 foot rails. But there are several types of jumps that are specifically chosen to be narrower, esp in the jumper ring. The reason I exclude schooling shows is b/c they're often put on by local barns, who will usually use whatever they have in the ring already.

HollyBubbles 02-27-2011 02:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by upnover (Post 942772)
The "standard" at most shows (except schooling) are 12 foot rails. But there are several types of jumps that are specifically chosen to be narrower, esp in the jumper ring. The reason I exclude schooling shows is b/c they're often put on by local barns, who will usually use whatever they have in the ring already.

You mean like the joker jump right? The one jump in a showjumping round that is either higher or narrower/scarier than the others?

upnover 02-28-2011 10:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HollyBubbles (Post 942889)
You mean like the joker jump right? The one jump in a showjumping round that is either higher or narrower/scarier than the others?


Could be. I've seen joker jumps that are the same width as everything else though. Sometimes there's just a "skinny" or two thrown into the ring. It all depends on what the course designer wants to do.

VelvetsAB 02-28-2011 10:30 PM

For use around the barn, I personally wouldnt want to go much shorter then 8' (in my dream world), except for some poles 4-5' wide for skinnies.

Of course, its always nice to have some shorter poles for ground rails in front of jumps.


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