• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

types of jumps

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • types of jumps

    Hi All!! my friend and I are in the process of building a schooling cross country course on her property. What different types of jumps are there? We are both new to it and have limited exposure. So far, we are working on a bank, ditch, a brush box, a coop, a rolltop, and logs. a water trap is not practical so we will have to trailer out to school that. what else is commonplace on a course?

  • #2
    Recommend these for resources:



    Great books and they cover all the safety aspects as well.
    Always be yourself. Unless you can be Batman. Then always be Batman.

    The Grove at Five Points


    • #3
      There are only a few basic types of fences, just different ways to create them with different materials. You've got your ditch, bank, coop, wall, brush fence, corner, and water run-through. Pretty much everything falls under one of those categories. Just for the record, I'm counting trakehners as walls or coops, as they are jumped the same.
      Tru : April 14, 1996 - March 14, 2011
      Thank you for everything boy.

      Better View.


      • Original Poster

        i just ordered one of the suggested books but while I wait for it to arrive and be read, what is a trakhener?


        • #5
          a trakehner is a floating log over a ditch. http://poplarplacefarm.com/Prelimina.../prelim14.html
          proud momma of an evil grey QH/Arab who can jump the moon... and he stole my heart


          • #6
            scroll down on the usea website omnibus and check out the HT website links. Many of them will have photos of their courses at the different levels - many ideas there.


            Try to make a couple of fences with some diagonal or vertical wood face fronts, not just horizontal. (tiger traps etc) It looks different to the horses. Shingling looks different too.

            Add a table (or loading dock style) to your list.
            Don't let anyone tell you that your ideas or dreams are foolish. There is a millionaire walking around who invented the pool noodle.


            • #7
              Cross-country jumps

              Here are some examples the barn where I board.


              • Original Poster

                Thanks all!! I got my book today!! Great ideas everyone. On a side note I used a power tool for the first time! I am a city girl living in the country. My idea of being handy is using a bridle hook as a corkscrew!! It's amazing what two women with a tractor can do!


                • #9
                  Just as an introduction...there are three basic types of XC fences, I think. Height, width, and combination of heighth and width.
                  Plain old width is a ditch.
                  Height is a three-rail fence, think simple vertical.
                  Combination would be where most of the rest of the fences fit, such as trakehner, coops, etc.
                  Think like a horse when you build these things. How are they situated? Is there a clear ground line? What is the footing like on approach, and landing? Will the approaches and landings hold up with use? Is there a focal point before and after? Is it inviting, or does it suck a horse down to the base...or create the impression of a false ground line?
                  I know that the portable jumps today are really loved by many people because they can be moved and are flexible in terms of situation. Consider making some portables (www.bitofbritain.com has some pictured built by EQB.)
                  If you have a tractor you can move them.

                  There is nothing easier than a log, or various logs in different sizes, situated about a pasture, and those are great introductory fences. Raise them up off the ground with notched log chunks; stack three and make a little bit more jump; take the bark off and paint white; leave the bark on, etc. There is a lot you can do with logs.

                  I always try to make xc obstacles approachable from both sides because I don't have a lot of land and sometimes need to jump it both ways. Sometimes just the addition of some dark mulch and bright plastic flowers from the dollar store creates a whole new look to the fence.
                  As far as XC fences online: Difficult Run Pony Club's website has a lot of jumps from Frying Pan Park on it, I think. Olney Farms last year did a bunch of photos of their horse trial jumps. I've got some pictures of Carousel Farm's course last year (it is being rebuilt for this year, however.) http://s233.photobucket.com/albums/e...untry%20jumps/
                  I wish you could come over and build some for me! I'm envious of your enthusiasm!
                  Proud & Permanent Student Of The Long Road
                  Read me: EN (http://eventingnation.com/author/annemarch/) and HJU (http://horsejunkiesunited.com/author/holly-covey/)


                  • Original Poster

                    Very interesting idea with painting the logs. We also didn't consider the approach both ways. Excellent idea. Then we can mix up the course alot more. We are just getting started so most of our fences will be around the 2 feet mark. We are attempting to build mini replicas of the basic jumps so that we get used to riding and seeing them. As we progress, we will add the scarier, higher stuff. And my enthusiam is based on a simple rewards system- each jump completed is celebrated with a margarita (or two)!!!