Faced with no money and a large pile of scrap lumber, I have decided to build my own jumps. So far, I have a set of standards, a coop, and a picket fence gate. I would love to see some creative jumps that could possibly be modified for my use.
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When we were clearing out one of my fields, I made hubby save all the larger branches and small trees. I made two A's out of 2x4's and then screwed the trees up each side to make a cheap, cute coop. The bark is starting to peel now, but oh well.
I'm not sure where you are in VA, but call around to your local sand pits or any place that uses heavy equipment, I get these from my hubby's work (free)
The dollar store is useful for things that inflate, and pool noodles that can be cut up and attached to the lumber for an interesting hedge. Trust me, if they'll jump that, they'll jump anything. I think we had a pool-noodle bullfinch for a while too...
"Adulthood? You're playing with ponies. That is, like, every 9 year old girl's dream. Adulthood?? You're rocking the HELL out of grade 6, girl."
My trainer has windmills that spin (well before they fell down in a monsoon rain storm) windmills that her husband built for her this is the only picture I have of them but once a horse goes over a spinning windmill they will go over EVERYTHING
My husband made a panel jump using two vinyl shutters, similar to the ones in the link below. He screwed the ends of two shutters together, then screwed the shutters to a 2x4. Nothing fancy, but didn't cost much at all.
No pictures, but we made brush boxes out of a wooden pallet that I got for free from the feed store. Cut it in half so the slats run horizontally. Paint it white, put feet on it, and stuff it with flowers from the dollar store. Easy easy and cute.