Making Horse Jumps
Making horse jumps require some mechanical skills and a lot of patience, not to mention the right tools. You will need to purchase some materials at a hardware or home goods store to build the jump and invest a bit of time as well.
- 4-by-4 wood slats
- 4-by-2 wood slats
- Electric hand drill
- Jump cups
- Cut a 4-by-4 piece of wood with a saw. You should cut it in half so that they are two five-foot slats. Horse jumps are high, which is why they need to be so tall.
- Cut a 4-by-2 with the saw. Make eight 1 1/2-foot pieces out of this wood. This will be the lower end of the horse jump.
- Pick up an electric hand drill. Add a 1/2-inch drill bit to the end of it and create holes along every four-inch portion of the length of the pieces you cut from the 4-by-4 wood slats. Make sure to stop drilling four inches from the top. This is essential in creating a standard horse jump, so be sure to be precise.
- Make sure the base is flat. Attach each 4-by-2 wood slat to the ends of each of the 4-by-4 slats. Do this by securing them together with a screwdriver and screws. Make sure that the two-inch end faces the ground and that the other lays flush with the 4-by-4. The remaining portion should protrude to the right. This is the final step in making your horse jumps.
- Paint your horse jumps. Choose any color you like.
- Attach poles and jump cups. As your final step in making the horse jumps, you will need to install these components. Wait until the paint is completely dry before doing so.