I'll try to get a pic when I make it out to the farm but, we bought two wood sawhorses and covered them in green AstroTurf. We also have a 2X4 rail with lattice hanging from of. That has flowers stuck in it. I think it looks really pretty and was super cheap.
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A tree fell in our back field and we cut it up so I now have 2 logs which are not movable w/o a tractor so aren't always the best option, but I love them! But, we also took the limbs and made really cool rails. If you can find a tree with "rail-like" (straight, good width etc) limbs you can easily take a chain saw and have some unique, free jump rails!
DH made me this a few months ago. it didn't cost us much I think about $50. in wood. the big cost was talking him in to making it. I had him make one night after work which is not the best time. He likes to take his time building things, so a non busy weekend is the best.
I found an old wooden raised panel garage door that somebody put out for the trash! It had 4 separate 8' x 2' panels! Hubby brought it home and we painted it up and attached to brackets to either end and had (4) very nice panel jumps - for just the cost of the brackets to hang in the jump cups!
A pallet that held bricks works perfectly to make a brush box (you'll need 2). We laid a brick terrace at our house last year, and I recycled the empty pallets into a jump. Cut the pallet in half (parallel to the slats) and screw them back to back. Add 2 piece of treated 2x4 to the bottom for "feet". That will make you (1) section approx. 4' wide by 2' tall. Two of these side by side work great!
A plastic 55 gallon barrel cut in half vertically and covered with green indoor/outdoor carpet makes a great roll-top (each half lays side-by-side end-to-end. The best part is - I've found they fit perfectly over our small hay bales, so we can raise them higher as necessary!
To make "flower boxes" - I just take an 8' 4x4 and drill holes in the "top side". Paint it white, and stick bunches of flowers in the holes.
While cleaning out my parents' garage a few weeks ago, I found a lot of old shutters--some bigger wood ones and smaller PVC ones. Plus two old bunk bed ladders and lots of smaller scraps of wood.
Wooden shutters + scraps = 2 new gates, roughly 18" high. Just made some ends to hang them.
Bunk bed ladders + scraps = another gate, although this one took some creativity.
6 PVC shutters + scraps = 3 very lightweight and seemingly indestructible coops.
I will take pictures tomorrow after the camp kids paint them. Plans are in the works for some kind of rolltop. All the jumps at my barn are homemade (mostly not by me, but I help sometimes). It's really not that hard once you have a prototype and some decent tools.
I made them this summer. There is a 2'3 coop, 2' brush boxes (that I still need to find brush for), 2' brick wall, 2' roll top, 18" standing "gate", painted barrels, and even a spin off of triple bar standards. It was affordable (if you suck up to the people at home depot they will make all the major cuts for free), it was mostly just the time involved to make them. It was a very fun project, and definitely spooky for my horses the first time they saw them!
These are some great ideas!!
Jumper_girl221, you are very creative!
And Eleanor, that jump is beautiful!
I am feeling inspired.
My husband happens to manage a sand pit...which means a) free sand (I have AWESOME footing in my ring ) and b) he's always bringing stuff home to "convert" into jumps. For instance, new tires on loaders...he was super excited about the boxes they came in which turned into "wishing wells" with some scraps
He also is ALWAYS bringing home the small metal barrels the hydraulic oil comes in for the big machines...I literally have 30+ of them.
Where am I and what am I doing in this handbasket?
Here are a few jumps I've built. Most of these were built with a circular saw, a jig saw, two drills (one for drilling, one for screwing so I can work faster). The jog saw was optional and I always plan out what I want and have the big box store do as many cuts as possible (especially since the first 2 per piece of wood is free). The real challenge to durable jumps is taking the time to screw them together with proper wood screws (instead of nailing), and that means drill a starter hole, then pick up other drill to put the screw in.
The flower boxes are super easy and really make the jumps look like stuff they see at a show. All I need is 2 5 or 6 foot lengths of a pressure treated 2x6 (or wider) and the same length of 2x4. Screw the 2x6 to the 2x4 so the 2x4 is the top of the flower box (this will give it about 5+ inches of depth). Drill large (5/8") holes in the top for flowers and two holes about 5" apart in center to run a rope handle through. The whole thing is screwed together like an upside down U when you are done. I even have a 12" tall "flower box" that is painted like a wall. It doubles as a good baby jump or a nice base filler for a big jump where you need to really lift the gate up and create a solid jump.
A small (18") gate with a small flower box - this is just 1x2's screwed to a length of 2x4 top and bottom (top 2x4 is about 10', bottom is 9'0 to clear standard "feet" This is one where I did the cuts (circular saw) on the rails and the optional diamond cut outs in the center with a jig saw.
a wall - this one was a bit of a project, and I can describe how it was built if I go look at the undersides again, but by the time I was done building and painting it, I wanted to block the memory. But when building heavy jumps, 3 sections is your friend, even if you only have 10" poles. http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6217/6...9ac7238e_o.jpg
a brush box (half of one - make two) - SUPER easy to make. The sides and short "inner" foot is a 2x4 and the front slats are just a length of deck siding so it came with pretty pre-rounded edges. The outside foot is a 2x6 with a sloping edge cut off. Then I just stained and polyurathaned it to make it last (and be purty). At some point when I find a bargain artificial xmas tree on sale I will put that in as brush (but I will probably need to staple some wire mesh at the bottom to keep stuff in). This is the easiest, cheapest design and you can make them taller smaller, less spacing between slats with little trouble. http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5176/5...cf7f2600_o.jpg
(it has matching standards/poles out in the ring).
Another important thing to do if you are using schooling standards is to remember the feet go under your jump so if you have any filler that sits on the ground under the pole you need to measure the width between the feet, NOT the width of your poles. I love my wall but it is a hair wider than the feet and doomed to sit in front of the pole which makes it rather hard to jump both ways. On the other hand, when it is set up as an oxer it forces me to not weeny out and jump a proper oxer when it comes to width.
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