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post #1 of 5 Old 11-05-2019, 02:01 PM Thread Starter
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Jump ideas

Im looking to get into jumping a bit more but in order to do that, I need jumps! Im looking for ideas that are pretty simple to make and easy to store/move around! I would love some pictures of jumps that you have created as well as how you made it!

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post #2 of 5 Old 11-08-2019, 10:26 PM
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loads of how to videos on how to build jump standards, hardest part is getting the holes for the jump pins straight. I made half of my standards at 4', lighter to move, bit cheaper on wood and honestly most of us are not jumping over 3'6". I also use 8' mini lanscape ties for some of the jumps, again lighter and cheaper than 12' jump poles. Dollar stores are a great source for flowers to add colour - you can just drill holes into scrap 4 x4 instead of making a full size box. Make sure any filler boxes are good and solid - eventually a horse will tap dance on one and you want to minimize any shattering and splintering.
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post #3 of 5 Old 11-08-2019, 10:38 PM
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I used PVC poles and put them up on concrete blocks or barrels.

Fairly easy to make standards; a 4x4 and four cross pieces on the bottom about two feet long. Drill holes 4 inches apart on the posts and can purchase jump cups cheaply.
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post #4 of 5 Old 11-09-2019, 07:20 AM
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Concrete blocks, old tires, tree stumps, upside down buckets....all you can place a "rail" on...
Caution though what ever you use allows the "rail" to freely and easily roll away so if you hit it, it not trap the animal and reduces risk of injury.

Please, please do not use PVC poles..they shatter to easily with contact/impact of hoof.
Over time, PVC ages to become brittle whether indoor or outdoor arena used. They are not "cheap" to purchase and old ones laying around...just don't.
It is why those who use PVC fence for horses must have a specially made and treated fence so as not to impale your horse on a rail broken from just a lean-on encounter! Ouch!
Instead use landscaping timber or split rail fence rails if you don't want to invest in actual poles.
10' minimum long would be my choice of length as they give you enough space to not catch a stirrup on a standard if you are not centered going over the jump.

Depending upon where you live...lodgepole pines make for great rails, long & straight.
Look at your natural environment...brush from trimmed trees makes for a natural jump as long as it is stacked and steady when placed, not wobble around.
Hay/straw bales make for fantastic jump standards, "rails", and to make a chute to guide the horse in and help the over.
Barrels make for good jumps, plastic ones on their sides or as a jump standard...
Again, focus on the ability or the rail to move freely if tapped/hit by the horse for whatever the reason.
Never fasten or stop the easy go-away of the rail as that causes terrible injuries to horse or human in contact.
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post #5 of 5 Old 11-09-2019, 08:26 AM
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Furniture grade PVC is UV protected. Putting a coat of paint will protect other grades as would wrapping in tape. Even without protection the degradation is shallow and only slightly effects impact resistance (making it easier) and thickness makes a difference. Pipe with thicker walls will be more resistant than thin walled. Pipes made with titanium dioxide in the matrix will have better resistance than those without. Some applications call for PVC-UVR which is pipe that has UV protection built in. The fact is any PVC hit hard enough will shatter. My issue is how easily it rolls once it falls and you or the horse steps on it. That slip could be a major injury to you or the horse. In a deeper, softer footing not so much slip. Out in a pasture or pen on hard ground then roll freely it will if stepped on just right.
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