A few simple tools and steps and you’ll be ready to jump a course!
HorseGirlTV® gets tons of fan mail with many questions about horse management and training. This was a great question from Ludy in Arizona. Ludy asks, “How do you build a jump?” You’ll need some materials including jump cups. We bought Perri’s Leather jump cups from Equestrian Collections. To buy the jump cups we did, just CLICK HERE. Thanks for the question Ludy! Now here’s your answer!
How To Build A Jump
ANGELEA WALKUP, HORSEGIRLTV® HOST: This is HorseGirlTV® and I’m your host, Angelea Walkup. Today we’re gonna show you how to make some jumps.
ANGELEA: You’ll need a few materials and tools to make yourself a set of jumps. A saw. A chainsaw or a circular saw. A drill with quarter inch and half inch bits. One 4x4x8. Two 2x6x8s. One pole. One pair of jump cups of course. A measuring tape. A straight edge and a pen or a pencil and one box of wood screws. And of course you don’t want to forget your eye protection.
ANGELEA: First prop the 4×4 beam off the ground, measure and saw it into two 48 inch halves. Next measure 18 inches away from the bottom of each 4×4 you just cut. Mark the jump cup holes around the fittings for your particular cups. Mark every three inches until you get to the top. Using your quarter inch drill bit, make a hole at each mark all the way through the beam. Then switch to the half inch bit and widen each existing hole. Then prop your 2×6 plank off the ground measuring and marking every twenty inches. Using the saw to cut the board in four pieces, these will become your jump feet. Repeat with your other 2×6 board. Now prop one of your 4x4s so one of the 2×6 twenty inch boards lines up just a hair off the 90 degree angle along the bottom. Screw the 2×6 to the base of the 4×4. Then you rotate the beam and continue mounting the other 3 feet in a pinwheel pattern using approximately 2-3 screws for each 2×6. Now just set up your new standard to make sure it’s sturdy and mount a jump cup to check the fit through the holes.
ANGELEA: It’s as easy at that. Just finish your second standard and then get tacked up to try out your new jump but remember, safety first, grab that helmet! Well it’s as simple as that for this episode. Thanks for tuning in and we’ll see you next time.