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    I have a standard dressage arena and that's it. So it's a bit narrow for a traditional jump course. I have a couple of jump standards with wings, but otherwise, they're just vertical standards with PVC pipe poles. That and 5 standard cavelleit x's which can be rotated to difference heights. I maximize the use of the my space by setting up zig zag and angled jumps and poles at varying heights to figure-8 into and out of. This has improved our canter work and rideability considerably and it was pretty inexpensive and easy to do. I also have some landscape timbers to use as ground poles as needed.

    However, as others have pointed out, get thee to some schooling shows/venues, because there will be much more to look at there and your horse will. Mine does. He'll be great at home and great in warmup - all the colored poles are fine, but add brush boxes and fancy standards and he starts looking and backing off and only experience can make up for that. My trainer has more stuff at her place, but at the show, there will still be different stuff that he wants to look at. So mileage.
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