building a set of horse jumps

Day 4; Building the Gate

Here we are at Day 4 of building your own set of horse jumps! How is it going for you so far? Have you started to build your jumps yet? I hope so! Today is all about building a gate for your set of horse jumps. And let me show you how easy it is to do this.

Building a Gate for a Horse Jump

Today on day 4 we are going to build the gate for your set of jumps. I have posted other articles of how to build a gate for a horse jump before, but this gate we will be building will be a solid gate.

building a set of horse jumps

I did this with remnants of plywood that I had from a previous project. I really like to use remnants of prior projects, if I have them. This is a good thing because then I have less scrap wood lying around, and also it is cheaper to create jumping equipment.

I got the idea for building a set of horse jumps after I did a little research on buying a set of jumps already made. The cost was way more than I wanted to spend, but I wanted to see if I could make a set of jumps that were similar.

The Materials You Will Need

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For this gate it cost me about $30.00 in total to build. I had to buy the paint, and 2 x 4 lumber but that was it. I already had everything else to make this gate.

This is what you will need to build this gate:

  • (1) 2 x 4 x 10’
  • (1) 2 x 4 x 8’
  • (1) 1 x 2 x 8’
  • (1) 1 x 4 x8’
  • (2) Pieces of plywood 20” x 4’
  • Screws
  • Primer paint
  • Oil based paint (finishing coat)

Setting Up The Frame

To get started, cut the plywood to the height you want it to be. I wanted the gate to be taller, so it would be a larger filler so I made my plywood sections about 22” tall.  I left each section 4 foot long, which was how long they were from a 4 x 8’ long piece of plywood.

building your own horse jumps

Then you will lay out your 2 x 4’s. The 10’ long 2 x 4 will be the top of the gate, and the 8’ long 2 x 4 will be the bottom. You need to make sure your bottom piece is centered under the top piece. I did this by using a measuring tape on the 10’ board and marking off 12” on either end, and then set the bottom piece to the marks.

Then you attach the 2 pieces of plywood to the 2 x 4’s.

homemade horse jump gate

You can leave it like this, but I decided to add a little definition, and put 1 x 4” wood on either end, and then I used 1 x 2” wood and added a few pieces to the center. This covered up the seam of the 2 sections of the plywood, and makes it look better, in my opinion.

Sanding the Wood

Once you have assembled the gate you should sand it. This will make it look better, and remove any stray splinters of wood, so you won’t get splinters when you are moving the gate.

Priming the Gate

Now it is time to primer paint the gate, both sides. I did allow each side to dry before flipping it over to paint the other side. The primer paint I use is Kilz 2 primer.

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This primer is ok to use on projects that will be left outside. It seals the wood and protects it. It also gives you a sealed surface to paint, so you won’t use as much of the final coat of paint, which is a good thing if you have bought expensive paint! It will also help your finish paint soak in evenly, so you won’t have spots that look different.

Painting the Final Color

After you have let the primer paint dry, it is time to paint the final coat. For this I used an oil based paint that I got from a farmer supply store in my town. I did this because I didn’t want the darker hunter green that the Rust-Oleum brand has. I wanted my green to be brighter, so I got a paint called spring green. It is definitely bright!

homemade horse jumps

The final coat of paint will take at least 12 hours to dry, so we will save that for days 5, 6, and 7.

If you are building your own set of jumps, I would love to see what you are doing, leave a comment below to share what you have been able to do for your own set of horse jumps!



I am horse crazy and love DIY projects, and finding great deals on everything horse related. When I have a new idea, or find a great deal I love sharing this information with you.

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