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  • Suggestions for scary jumps/obstacles

    I'm a huge fan of conquering "scary" things.
    Tarps, noisey bags, strollers, umbrellas, basically anything a horse can consider evil.

    What are your home-made ideas for frightening jumps?
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  • #2
    those big black drain pipes.
    decorative scarecrows.

    these are two things my horse has not been fond of and not a whole lot bothers him.

    A flipped over canoe at a local schooling HT has been known to elimnate alot of people on XC.


    • #3
      Get a big sheet of black or coloured plastic, or canvas, or even old bed sheets.. drape it over an upright/vertical jump, secure the bottoms of the material on each side with another rail.. very scary! You can keep it an upright shape, resembling a wall, by securing the bottoms with the rails directly at the base of the jump on each side, or make triangle shape by placing the poles out further on each side.

      To simulate a ditch in the arena, use your black plastic or sheet on the ground, fold it horizontally so you have a long, narrow rectangle on the ground. Start with it maybe a foot or two wide, with a pole on each side again to secure it.


      • #4


        • #5
          My two favorites:

          1) Pinwheels in a row, beneath the jump ... or just by the standards.

          2) Cardboard life-size cut-out of William Shattner/Captain Kirk, in a variety of poses: Next to the standard, underneath the jump lying flat, on top of the filler, on the ground to canter over ... even standing in the middle of a four-stride line. No kidding, this was one of the funnest lessons I've ever had! My crazy horse could have cared less, but the others found it totally bizarre.
          "If you write a whole line of zeroes, it's still--nothing."
          --Kira (We The Living)


          • #6
            BIG OPEN BLUE TARP
            My fearless USET horse/big jumper had a heart attack when he saw this. Open water at USET finals was easy after that.


            • #7
              Big. Neon Yellow. Wall.

              My trainer had a big 3'6" wall in the ring that he painted with blinding yellow paint. I think he must have painted it with road paint b/c it sort of glowed. For some reason it spooked everyone.

              One lesson we did the sheet thing which was pretty interesting. Most of our horses were fine when it was just hung straight down, but when he pulled the sides out to make a triangle, it became a real scary jump for most of the horses.


              • #8
                Originally posted by stormdancer753 View Post
                2) Cardboard life-size cut-out of William Shattner/Captain Kirk, in a variety of poses: Next to the standard, underneath the jump lying flat, on top of the filler, on the ground to canter over ... even standing in the middle of a four-stride line. No kidding, this was one of the funnest lessons I've ever had! My crazy horse could have cared less, but the others found it totally bizarre.

                That's awesome!
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                • #9
                  At this time of year I like to stuff my brush box with brightly-colored Easter basket grass; you know, the pink, yellow, blue, and green shiny plastic suff? It goes on sale CHEAP next Monday
                  Y'all ain't right!


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by stormdancer753 View Post

                    2) Cardboard life-size cut-out of William Shattner/Captain Kirk, in a variety of poses: Next to the standard, underneath the jump lying flat, on top of the filler, on the ground to canter over ... even standing in the middle of a four-stride line. No kidding, this was one of the funnest lessons I've ever had! My crazy horse could have cared less, but the others found it totally bizarre.
                    this is quite possibly the most amazing thing i have ever heard of.

                    and to spin off on the easter grass idea... christmas trees! you can lay old christmas trees underneath/against jumps, prop them up on standards...
                    Proud member of the "I'm In My 20's and Hope to Be a Good Rider Someday" clique



                    • #11
                      When I was growing up, we had a huge triple bar -- that was black and red. I have no idea if it scared the riders or the horses more, but I know it looked scary as heck to me!


                      • #12
                        Dangling soda cans on string from a single bar verticle. they clink in the wind, and move....
                        booga booga
                        chaque pas est fait ensemble


                        • #13
                          Y'all have inspired me...has anybody ever thought about those battery operated Xmas lights that have a "chase" pattern that goes really fast? They're the ones in a plastic tube, not separate bulbs on a wire kind of thing. They're really made for outdoors, hence the battery power. They're pretty tacky, actually, and were more popular a few years ago. Probably wouldn't be that effective til around dusk and you turned your ring lights on, but then - SHEW! Might not really bother the horses at all, though. I think it would give me a seizure
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                          • #14
                            Every year we drag our old undecorated Christmas tree into the indoor and lay it flat under a jump - it still has shiny tinsel on it that moves with the slightest breeze.


                            • #15
                              Dollar store is your friend I recently bought a bunch of fake flowers, garland, some bags that you can stuff full of leaves making big bags to put under the jumps, pinwheels, flower puts and the list of crazy stuff their goes on.

                              I also use the black drainage pipes in various sizes. Fake christmas tree's for under the jumps you can take the branches and fluff them out making lots of filling under a nice airy vertical or whatever else. I have some weird looking wood pallets that I use underneath a vertical. I got them on the side of the road.


                              • #16
                                We love to buy the wildest patterned plastic tableclothes (always on sale after every holiday) we can find to drape over our jumps. Once we hung the sheet from our evil small pony mare on a rail - our "steady eddie" lesson horse (who is terrified of her) didn't want to go near it! Use tinsel, those pinwheels stuck in a brush box, paper streamers, whatever you can find. Thanks to a neighbor, we've got a large inflatable alligator pool toy to play with this year!

                                Now if I could just find a life-size person cut-out . . .
                                ~ A true friend knows all there is to know about you and still likes you. -E. Hubbard


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by gg4918 View Post
                                  BIG OPEN BLUE TARP
                                  My fearless USET horse/big jumper had a heart attack when he saw this. Open water at USET finals was easy after that.
                                  Just make sure you secure it firmly. My jumps-through-fire equitation horse didn't blink at the tarp when we were jumping it. But when it got loose and started chasing him . . .


                                  • #18
                                    Oooh, I have a life sized Dale Earnhardt Jr cutout - he's even in camo!! I may have to try him - he's no Captian Kirk, but still.....


                                    • #19
                                      Inflatable pool toys. I had an awesome inflatable alligator a couple of years ago, but he sprang a leak. I may have to go shopping for his replacement You can usually find good stuff cheap at Wal-Mart, etc this time of year!

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                                      • #20
                                        McVillesMom beat me to it! Pool toys. Inflatable rings are cheap, hang them from poles with baling twine. They sway in the wind, give a little "substance" to an airy oxer or vertical. Most horses don't seem to mind nearly as much as their riders.

                                        I stock up at the end of the season... around September they're on clearance at Walmart, three for a dollar or less!
                                        “A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.”
                                        ? Albert Einstein