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  • If you only had a few jumps...

    Stadium-type, of course, which ones would you choose?

    I'm going to be building some jumps and will be on a limited budget; I'll also be confined to a 60x120 arena, so will need to utilize that space as best I can. In addition to just the regular standards and poles, what creative filler/other types of jumps are really good to have? Brush boxes, rolltops, planks?

    Preferably things that don't take up a ton of space or are easy to store. I'm boarding and the BO's rodeo, don't jump, and are kindly allowing me to bring in jumps as I make them. I was thinking 8' poles would conserve space when the jumps are actually set up.

    How many sets of standards would you need? How many poles? I'm hoping to start with the basics and will make filler-type things as I can afford them.


  • #2
    My arena is that size and I have 6 sets of standards and it is plenty, I can count the poles if you want. You will also need a pair of planks that you can paint in different colors on either side. I have flower boxes, and some panels. My poles are 9 foot landscaping timbers.

    I also have a set of barrels which can be spooky, and green indoor outdoor carpet for simulating a rolltop.


    • #3
      Go with 10' rails instead of the standard 12'. Do a couple panel jumps, painted as a brick wall on one side, stone wall on the other. Roll a tarp around a pole for an adjustable water jump / liverpool. Make short section flower boxes (4') instead of a longer 8+ foot one. Have some 5'rails so that you can make skinnies or corners.


      • #4
        Flower boxes and panels, definitely. I'd also get a TON of poles so you can set up trot poles, etc. In addition to those, if you can, try making some simple cavalletti (sp?). We stack ours for additional jumps or use them as low jumps in courses.
        Trying a life outside of FEI tents and hotel rooms.


        • #5
          Something with a cutout bottom, and something with spots, along with the rolltop. That is, something like a plywood wall, but cut a low arch in the bottom of the wall. Seems like black wall or blocks painted like die show up around here and spook riders and/or horses. A jumper friend summarized it as "all the stuff to draw a horse's eye down, when we want them looking up." Made sense to me!



          • #6
            Use a blue tarp folded up and placed under the rails to mimic a liverpool. Blue tarps at home depot are about $10, and you can unfold it and use it to cover your jumps when they're all stacked up in a corner! Dual use is good, but getting your horse used to tarps and liverpools is even better.
            Love chosen Two of Hearts intertwined
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            • #7
              Also, you may want to pass on the WING standards - make straight ones that are easier to move, can me dressed up to be very frightening, and can be used for anything. I have a full set (complete SJ course) with all sorts of things, and I hate those huge standards!! I made, using the FEI style keyholes that hold the jump cups, two sets of cup holders that hand from my bright blue plastic barrels. They work fabulously!!! I used one strip cut in half and then had a local metal-working company make little U shaped holders so they hang from the barrels. Since I already had the strips (from some rotting standards), the welder charged me a tenner for the four, and the barrels were E.5, it was very inexpensive! they could also be along the side of an indoor to give you the outside standard without taking up any room.
              Have fund with the paint!!! Black and white stripes used to be a huge bugaboo!!
              co-author of 101 Jumping Exercises & The Rider's Fitness Program; Soon to come: Dead Ringer - a tale of equine mystery and intrique! Former Moderator!


              • #8
                If you can wait a bit, go to WalMart or Target after Christmas and get tree stands for bases. The ones for big trees. They are cheap and easy to use, and you can remove them if you ever need to transport your jumps.


                • Original Poster

                  I'm assuming you mean the big plastic tree stands, not the old metal kind?


                  • #10
                    Definitely barrels, rolltop, a painted design panel, and a gate, plus some type of liverpool. You can add to any of them with several cheap 8' landscape poles, and drill holes in them to stuff plastic flowers. We also use those landscape poles to make cavalettis.


                    • #11
                      Don't laugh, but you can get a lot of free flowers if you get in touch with the local cemetery or memorial garden. They go through every so often and gather up and toss out the artificial flowers. It is a great source! I ended up with enough to do a nine-jump course and then three practice jumps. Also, check with local second hand stores for artificial flowers and for CHRISTMAS TREES. You can pull the trees apart and have stuff to make filler at the base of every jump. Doesn't dry up, doesn't rot, looks great.

                      Get a couple of Plastic Lattice Panels at Lowes or Home Depot. They come in white, green and sometimes a cedar look. You can get them precut in 2 foot by 8 foot sections. Just frame with lumber and hang as gates.


                      • #12

                        I don't know where people normally get barrels jumps, but my Dad is in charge of the chemistry lab at a small college. They buy liquid nitrogen in large drums the same size as people use for jumps. Liquid nitrogen evaporates a room temp, so there's no hazardous waste, (my mom used some of them for rain barrels). I just thought it might be worth asking around if you have a college or chem lab near by. It might take them a while to go through the barrel, but it would be a free source for barrels.


                        • #13
                          Another show-jump training essential would be a large pseudo-equine creature made entirely of horseshoes. I believe you can get one by contacting Rebecca Farm?

                          Um, more seriously... browse Craigslist for things like barrels, landscaping timbers, old signs... nobody should have to pay much to have a decent set of training jumps!


                          • Original Poster

                            Originally posted by archieflies View Post
                            Another show-jump training essential would be a large pseudo-equine creature made entirely of horseshoes. I believe you can get one by contacting Rebecca Farm?


                            • #15
                              Not to take over the thread, but does anyone have an idea on how to make a low-budget wall or chicken coop? Preferably easy to move.

                              I'm in the same boat as Heinz 57 and all these ideas are great!
                              All that is gold does not glitter;
                              Not all those who wander are lost.
                              ~J.R.R. Tolkien


                              • #16
                                liver pools are SUPER easy and inexpensive.

                                3 8 foot 2x4s. (I buy untreated because they are only 2 dollars each and they are much lighter)

                                blue tarp

                                I did mine 3' wide and that was plenty.
                                so cut two 3' sections and then cut the remainding 2 feet into 4 6" sections.

                                use those in each corner for screwing the sides together. A 4x4 chunk works best but if you don't have those then 2x4 left overs are fine.

                                then just wrap it in the blue tarp and attach with staple gun.

                                : )

                                Liver pool for 20 bucks. And it jumps like an oxar so it's not just another ol vertical.
                                Horses are amazing athletes and make no mistake -- they are the stars of the show!


                                • #17
                                  You don't need much to get the job done. I would focus mostly on standards so you can have plenty to build decent grids. Go with 8' poles (those landscape timbers are cheap and easy to come by and work well for the purpose). We have 8' rails for our indoor, and it saves a lot of space and makes the standard 12' seem like aiming for the broad side of a barn. Budget for paint instead. Drill holes in some timbers to make instant flower "boxes". The only must I have is some skinny rails or panels for accuracy questions. Boxes, panels and coops are fun to have, but on a budget with limited space and probably the need to move them in and out, I would stick with the KISS principle. A nice, store bought luxury that is very versatile is a set of plastic Blocks. They are great fillers, you can make raised trot poles, fun to stack and make odd looking jumps, you can build corners and skinnies, and light and easy to move...they are GREAT to have and worth the investment.


                                  • #18
                                    I made a rolltop and barn this summer.

                                    both cost about 100 bucks.

                                    the roll top is made of a a ton of 2x4s so we have to move it with the tractor.

                                    the barn I can drag short distances by myself.

                                    they each took a day to build.
                                    The frames were tough and took some work, but once the frames were built it was smooth sailing.
                                    The sleds are made from 4x4s (I used an electric sander to sand the ends to make the sleds) and cross conected with 4x4s, but then the fram is 2x4s or --for the rolltop--2x6s.



                                    one side is lattice
                                    one side is slat
                                    also jumps like an oxar

                                    here is a view of the lattice side.
                                    see, it jumps big and spooky! LMAO
                                    Horses are amazing athletes and make no mistake -- they are the stars of the show!


                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by yellowbritches View Post
                                      You don't need much to get the job done. I would focus mostly on standards so you can have plenty to build decent grids. Go with 8' poles (those landscape timbers are cheap and easy to come by and work well for the purpose).
                                      you can also find 8' fence posts which are heavy mo-fos!!
                                      I like them because they are heavy. : )

                                      but they are not sanded and often are bigger on one side than the other.

                                      I still like them.
                                      Horses are amazing athletes and make no mistake -- they are the stars of the show!


                                      • #20
                                        here's the barn.
                                        I've since put little doors on it.

                                        It's only 2'3" but this location is actually the top of a berm.
                                        The horses always try to scoot of the side of it.
                                        I need to put XC flags up to keep them straight! lol.


                                        and I made a bike.
                                        It's hard to see but it has a seat and handle bars.


                                        one can get a lot done when only 1/2 employed for 2 months!

                                        oh!! and the flower boxes are just 4x4s cut into 3' or 4' sections and then I stick little platform feet on the ends made from 2x4s.
                                        then I drill holes in them to shove the flowers. I get flowers at the dollar store.
                                        Horses are amazing athletes and make no mistake -- they are the stars of the show!