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post #1 of 7 Old 07-11-2019, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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Cheap jumps

I'm just getting back into riding, and am riding at a barn without proper jumps. What have you used as jump standards that are safe and inexpensive?
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-11-2019, 07:16 PM
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When a kid, making my own jumps I would use objects that I could lean a rail against or on top of that if the horse hit/bumped into it it would propel away from us and release, fall to the ground quickly so as not to tangle in the legs.
A log, 2 of them cut the same height, a rail placed balanced on top.
Upside down bucket, again placed a rail on top so if hit it freely fell away.
I would place a rail balanced against a tree trunk...
I used tires stacked with a rail again balanced across the top...
Everything I used was able to be added height by stacking...but never, ever did I secure a rail or put it between objects that held it in place preventing the rail from falling away if he hit.

My rails were always wood. Often a old fence rail from post and rail fencing or rounded edge landscape timbers...
Never use plastic pipe of any kind as hitting them if brittle can be deadly shards impaling your horse.
PVC fencing is also a no-no for the same reasons...not made to take a impact they shatter and can kill or maim terrible injuries for horse or rider.

Building a few single pole standards is cheap as are jump cups...you only need to invest a small amount of funds to have enough standards to make 3 or 4 fences that would give you many options for type of fence and heights achieved.
There are many do-it yourself designs on the internet today with step-by-step instructions..
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post #3 of 7 Old 07-14-2019, 03:44 PM
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makeshift ie cheap jumps are like cheap tack, both will eventually get you hurt.

-As above, there are lots of tutorials on you tube on how to build basic jump standards for very little cost,
-mini landscape ties make affordable jump rails,

- creep the mistints for paint. .

- barrels work well but make sure they have a good sturdy groundline on both sides so that they don't roll if the horse hits them

- flower boxes are easy to make with a scrap 4x4 with holes drilled in it for flowers from the dollar store, or christmas tree branches
-Ikea potty training seats make good rail raisers for pole work
Jump cups will be the most expensive part, so watch for sales or get together with a friend and see if you can get a better rate if you buy a larger number
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post #4 of 7 Old 07-14-2019, 04:15 PM
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I made my redneck jumps out of bits of tree we cut down:



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post #5 of 7 Old 07-14-2019, 04:18 PM
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What have you used as jump standards that are safe and inexpensive?
PVC set on buckets or stumps.

I will not confirm or deny how I know this but using your younger siblings is a good way to get your parents to flip out on you.
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post #6 of 7 Old 07-14-2019, 06:53 PM
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One place I saw abroad in a poorer area used POOL NOODLES! WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?! I was amaaaaaaaaazed. The closest one I saw had the pool noodles squashed between two crates - nothing more. What a clever idea I thought! It'd be hard to do anything fancy with them but a plain old "cross noodle" is doable I guess ^>^
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Going cheap, I use landscape timbers, which are typically 2-4$ each and come in 8' lengths so they are also lighter weight.
For standards, you can use a lot of things. I've seen buckets, milk crates, step stools, anything the pole can roll off of if it gets knocked!
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