DIY: Free/Scrap Horse Jumps
So, I really miss jumping. Years ago I did eventing and loved it. Recently I’ve been increasingly obsessed with training Ink to jump. So naturally, as I was walking past the pile of scrap wood yesterday, I saw potential jumps…
There are a few chunks of treated 4x4s, a couple treated 2x6s, and a bunch of reclaimed 2x8s from our old bridge, still in good shape.
Now, I am far from a carpenter. There were many a stripped screw on this project! I’m not claiming this is the best way to make jumps, but rather demonstrating that you can make stuff for free if you’re creative!
I cut 4 pieces of 2×6 to make the tops of triangles for a coop jump.
Then I connected them with a small chunk of wood and also screwed into each other at the top. I cut the sharp pointy top off.
Then I screwed them into the chunks of 4×4, intentionally starting a bit higher than the bottom to prevent the non treated wood from contacting the ground.
Outside shown on the left, inside on the right.
Then I screwed on the 2×8 boards.
Then the same on the other side, and voila!
It has enough gap down the middle to add brush. I’m going to keep an eye out for free/broken artificial Christmas trees…
I’m really happy with how the coop turned out.
I also made a mini wall that can be a stand alone tiny jump or filler under a normal jump. This one is really simple, just chunks of 4×4 on the ground and vertical 2x6s, offset for balance:
Then I attached 2x8s to the front. At which point I realized that I had attached the vertical pieces to the same sides of the 4x4s, so it is not symmetrical. I wanted to fix it, however, I had stripped out the screws and couldn’t get them out, so I left it. It may not be pretty, but it will do the job!
Now to ride the pony! :)
Ink was really good for her first official jump school. Such a fun horse! <3