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post #1 of 11 Old 12-12-2019, 02:03 PM Thread Starter
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Round ground poles?

Is there a consensus on whether round ground poles are OK to use, or does no one use them because they could cause the horse to stumble if he stepped on it and it rolled? At my barn right now, they are basically using 2x4s for ground poles, and they only have a few of those. They have some round ones in the barn that I was going to get out, but I wasn't sure whether that was maybe not a good idea.
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post #2 of 11 Old 12-12-2019, 02:15 PM
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Some people don't like round ones as they can roll pretty bad when a horse steps on them so they take a 4" by 4" and shave off the corners. It's probably a good idea especially if you are cantering over them to avoid a bad stumble but I tend to think the horse should be able to handle them and will learn to step over if they trip a few times.
After all if there is a round log on the trail ahead I expect the horse the maneuver that properly at whatever speed we are going at.

If I had a "stumblebum" for a horse I would be more careful
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post #3 of 11 Old 12-12-2019, 02:16 PM
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I've always used wooden round poles and never had a problem.
A horse will do everything in their power to not step on something like that...hence giving with the hand some rein if a horse is moving and puts their head lower they are looking, watching....
Same as a rider down most horses will not step on the rider unless you get in the way of them moving away from you...
Now a cow, you're sunk and done for...run you over and plaster you into the ground...what I'm learning of cows by me. They follow each other, they do not think independently and react as such.
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post #4 of 11 Old 12-12-2019, 02:39 PM
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I have nearly always used round poles.

I have had horses roll them but only once seen a horse go down badly (not on my ride)
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post #5 of 11 Old 12-12-2019, 02:46 PM
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I've always used wooden round poles and never had a problem.


A horse will do everything in their power to not step on something like that...hence giving with the hand some rein if a horse is moving and puts their head lower they are looking, watching....


Same as a rider down most horses will not step on the rider unless you get in the way of them moving away from you...


Now a cow, you're sunk and done for...run you over and plaster you into the ground...what I'm learning of cows by me. They follow each other, they do not think independently and react as such.
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People make for smooshy footing, and smooshy footing means a horse could fall down, and the horse that falls down gets eaten by a mountain lion. Therefore, horses do not like stepping on people, which are smooshy. LOL


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post #6 of 11 Old 12-12-2019, 02:49 PM
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The poles I have are not perfectly round.
I have peeler poles so even if a horse catches them they dont roll much. Still have never had an issue.
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post #7 of 11 Old 12-12-2019, 03:14 PM
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If the footing is soft enough that you can kind of squoosh them into it a little, they don't really behave differently from other poles.
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If the footing is soft enough that you can kind of squoosh them into it a little, they don't really behave differently from other poles.
Yeah, that's what I was thinking too -- sort of work them into the sand...
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I have only ever used round poles as well.
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post #10 of 11 Old 12-12-2019, 06:28 PM
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No issues with round poles here either. If a horse steps on one, it doesn't take long for it to roll away and they have their other legs for balance. It has never been a problem with our seasoned jumper or our greenie who didn't know what the heck they were.
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