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Nov. 15, 2011, 12:54 PM
I am Looking for ideas on building some wild and crazy jumps at home. The plan is to through everything and anything at the mare now so by show season she has been there and done that. Anyone have anything interesting?
Nov. 15, 2011, 01:18 PM
All these are home made.
Lots of flower boxes and fall-toned paint got this biggest reaction out of her :)
Nov. 15, 2011, 01:21 PM
For the little horse show I run, I took plastic board and cut it out into different shapes. The board comes in bright colours and can be painted or drawn on to make it more exciting.
For a base I used two 2 by 4s nailed together (so make sure the shape has an extra bit at the bottom that can be pinched between the 2 by 4s).
I can either put them on the ground or on top of a box.
Nov. 15, 2011, 01:26 PM
Burgie your jumps are so pretty!
Nov. 15, 2011, 01:30 PM
Burgie--Love, Love, Love your ideas and pics. That pony of yours is pretty impressive :) Definately putting these on my wish list!
CHT-- Where do you get the plastic board from? Can you find any online for example purposes?
Nov. 15, 2011, 01:31 PM
The barn owner's hubby is a carpenter.
The roll top was easy - just built half of it. It could be flipped to accommodate either direction, and was light enough to move out of a line if a student wasn't advanced enough (it is 2'3).
The flower boxes are just plain 'ole boxes with holes drilled in them and filled with fake flowers.
The stone wall is made out of a stone/plywoody thing. They built boxed standards to go with it.
Liverpool - took about an hour to complete and was fairly inexpensive (as compared to buying the real thing). Just cut out a frame in plywood, glue and zip tie 4in thick foam around the frame, use boating upholstery (vinyl purchased from Joannes) and staple to the bottom of the frame. Tuck vinyl into corners. Fill with water and waalaa!
Nov. 15, 2011, 01:35 PM
Here are ours we did.
Nov. 15, 2011, 01:35 PM
I don't know how "wild and crazy" you want to go, but here's some fun stuff we've used...
Logpile: Stack up some firewood (perpendicular to direction of travel) to desired height, and/or place a line of big fat stumps side-by-side to form a jump.
Drape stuff over existing jumps-- coolers, blankets, tarps, saddle pads, sections of astroturf, etc.
Plastic barrels on their sides (or upright if you're a lot braver than me :)) make excellent skinnies....
We picked up a junked kayak that worked nicely as a jump. Bonus points if it has inflated mylar ballons tied to it. :D (Horse thought the balloons were a bit much, but he managed.)
I went to a show once where they tied CD's to the jump poles-- as the breeze blew and moved them around, it made for quite the light show.
I'm a huge fan of walking over and/or jumping anything and everything... My OTTB's first expectations post-track were as a trail horse, and I didn't want to start him O/F until he was a bit older, so everything we encountered that was low enough to step over, we stepped over-- logs, haybales, tarps, milk crates, ditches, creeks, you name it. I firmly believe that's why NOW, at age 8, he doesn't have a stop in him-- he's been over just about EVERYTHING.
Nov. 15, 2011, 01:40 PM
Here are a few more we made.
Nov. 15, 2011, 01:46 PM
and a link to a thread we started about them that broke down the cost and what we used. We did them as a family and had so much fun :) Also here is our 2 year old using them in our jump chute for the very first time. Have fun with your mare.
Nov. 15, 2011, 01:55 PM
This is more of a cross-country jump, but since I was brought up to believe that hunters should jump whatever they were pointed towards:
One of my all-time favourite jumps, years ago, was a tire jump - not the ordinary, strung-along-a-pole, black tire model, but a line of matched-size tires that had been painted to look like a roll of LifeSaver candies, with each tire a different candy colour.
The horses never thought twice about it, and even the most nervous riders tended to approach it at a strong canter, saying "Wow, that is SO CUTE!" instead of "OMG please keep going!"
I think the solidity and the cuteness combined to make it a really nice confidence-builder.
Wizard of Oz's
Nov. 15, 2011, 01:57 PM
I'm no jump expert but I made this wall for my coach's birthday with the barn logo on it. It was fun to make and pretty easy, and I had never built a jump before.
Nov. 15, 2011, 02:17 PM
These ideas are far exceeding my expectations! Im jealous that you all have these awesome jumps at your disposal! Thanks everyone for your contributions and the all of the pics. Looks like I am going to keep busy this winter. Its exciting to finally have a horse who is fit enough to do these fun activities. I am hoping all of the exposure will make us both much more confident and prepared.
alliekat- I really like the idea of using the lattice work in between the standards gives it some depth as opposed to a solid piece.
Pasde2-what an awesome idea! I think it would make me hold my breath the first few hops but I bet it makes for cute pictures!
Nov. 15, 2011, 02:40 PM
The brush box was made! And then you just add fake christmas tree in it!
Nov. 15, 2011, 07:14 PM
Plastic board can be bought at home hardware type stores. I have no idea what it is used for in real life, but it is usually stuck in some back corner by the vinyl fake brick.
Here are the trucks:
Here are the dog bones. The dog is hidden by the left standard. http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd89/HillsideStable/Ride%20For%20Red%20August%2029/IMG_1767.jpg
I also used the plastic board to make the jump numbers.
I also have some blue sheets I sometimes put under jumps (at home) to mimic fake liver pools.
Nov. 15, 2011, 07:15 PM
One thing i've noticed watching a couple of recent random youtube videos is a squiggly or wavy jump with a wavy plank. Kindof like a 'water' themed jump but not with straight poles... Anyone else that has gone to some recent rated jumper shows seen fences like this? (I'm midwest and havent shown the last couple years...)
I recommend combinations of designs with contrasting colors. All plank jump all black, all pole jump, airy pole jump, no ground lines, planks and poles, painted V fence, basically anything that A. you would encounter in a REAL show, and B. anything to make your mare go 'huh?'.
Good luck, sounds like a fun task. The guy I ride gets bored easily so I'm constantly doing things like coats on fences and random poles to keep him going 'huh?'. :) LOVE all the pictures and links posted on here!