pvc jumps vs wood jumps
I am the 4-H educator in Delaware County NY for the horse program. The 4-H horse barn at our fairgrounds was set on fire and we lost the barn and all of our jumps. Since we have to replace everything, I am looking for information on wood vs pvc jumps, plus good manufacturers. We only use the jumps in the spring and summer. Any input is greatly appreciated. you may email directly at email@example.com. Thank you!
In my experience, PVC is OK if you have sandbags to weigh them down or weighted feet. Plain unweighted PVC standards have a nasty habit of blowing over with little wind. PVC fillers like gates are wonderful, but only with wood rails over the top. Some horses (not mentioning mine by name or anything) can spot a PVC jump from 100 yards and calculate his jump just so to hit it.
LOL - Thermal is great for that...even with sandbags, they blow over.
Originally Posted by DMK
I was watching the pre-green two years ago and the weighted jumps were blowing over while the horses were on course. That got their attention, fer sure. :lol:
I'd go with wooden just for the fact that they're more customizable than PVC. You can repaint them if you want. I can only imagine a worst case scenario where a horse knocks down a PVC standard and runs over, shattering the PVC.
PVC can work great if they are weighted or out of the wind. I would get some wooden rails to use as top rails- PVC knocks down easily and the horses don't seem to respect it enough.
We just had a tragic loss in the eventing world -- an Olympic-caliber horse who crashed into a jump that included a narrow PVC "gate" (the rest of the jump, standards and rails, were wood). The PVC gate shattered and apparently the jagged edge sliced his hind tendon.
After several surgeries and about a month in a vet hospital, he ultimately succumbed to laminitis and was euthanized.
I know that's a freak accident, but it definitely turned me off of PVC fences.