10 Different DIY Horse Jumps
The only good thing about winter is the cold temperatures and shorter days forces me to stay inside and come up with something else to do. And I have stayed busy by updating my horse jumps and building new ones. So I thought I would share with you 10 different diy horse jumps that you could configure in your arena, using 4 rails or less.
Sometimes it is challenging to come up with different ideas for horse jumps. And you may think you need a ton of rails to make different jumps, but you really don’t And since I can’t ride right now, because it’s cold, and my riding arena is undergoing a makeover (more on that later) I thought I would assemble some different jumps, and share them with you!
Just a simple vertical jump. You could change it up by placing the rails closer together, or use only 2 rails, and then use the other rails as ground poles in front of the jump.
I really like this jump. Basically a cross rail with a rail on top to make the jump taller. But the “x” in the center will help give you something to focus on to keep your horse over the center of the jump.
And how about a cross rail with ground poles? This is a fantastic first jump for both you and your horse!
And how about an oxer? This would be an ascending oxer, with the back rail being the highest part of the jump.
And another oxer. This would be a Swedish oxer, but I think this would be illegal in the jumper arena because there are two rails on the second portion of the jump. I believe you are only supposed to have one rail on the back portion of the oxer. But this is a fun jump just like this.
And how about a square oxer? The back rail is kept the same height as the top rail of the first portion of this jump.
And a little more challenging oxer, well in my opinion!
And another oxer with a little bit different front element.
This would be a little challenging, more so for the rider I think. But this is to give you an example of how you can mix up your jumps, and keep it challenging for both horse and rider.
This is probably my favorite. I like the cross rail portion and the straight rail adds a different element while filling the jump. It isn’t any taller, but it looks a little different.
Hopefully this gives you some different ideas of how you can configure different jumping obstacles in your own arena. And if you are just setting up a few jumps, you won’t really need a lot of jumping equipment. You just need to get creative, so you can keep it fun and interesting for both you and your horse. Happy jumping!