Building Horse Jumps
Building horse jumps is a great way to create low cost equipment for your hobby. It is very cost effective, and allows the rider to practice jumping without the inconvenience of finding a horse jumping location. By building horse jumps, you can exercise your horse, and become a better rider.
In order to build your own horse jump you will need:
- 4" x 8" x 8' pressure treated post
- Three 4" x 8" x 8' pressure treated boards
- Two three-foot-long, two-inch diameter dowels
- Drill with a two-inch paddle bit
- Decking screws
- Cut the post into two four-inch posts. Then cut two of the boards into two-inch lengths. You should end up with eight pieces all together.
- Screw four lengths onto the bottom of each post, making one short end flush with the side of the post, and one long side flush with the bottom. You will end up with the a pinwheel shape on the bottom. This is the support for the post.
- With the paddle bit, drill two-inch holes into the posts that corresponds with the desired jump height.
- Cut the dowels into twelve-inch pieces. This will give you six pegs.
- Insert the pegs into the hole. You may need a rubber mallet to bang them in tightly.
- Use the pegs to support the remaining eight-foot board. It should be able to be moved from one peg to another easily.
- The width of the horse jump is up to the rider. Since it is portable, you can adjust the width up to eight feet, the length of the board.