How to DIY A $2000.00 Set of Horse Jumps for $350.00 in One Week

How to DIY A Set of Horse Jumps for $350.00

Building a set of horse jumps may seem like an overwhelming undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be that way. If you do it methodically, and purposely, you can create a set of your very own horse jumps for about $350.00, and a week of your time. The hardest step is beginning, so I am going to make it easy for you.

I am going to show you in simple steps how you can make a set of four horse jumps in one week or less. And when I tell you it will take a week to create this set, it isn’t that you will be building jumps from sun up to sun down.  I will walk you through different steps, every day for the following week, and then 8 days later, you will have jumps ready to put to use.

For this set of jumps I will be building it will be a set of 4 jumps. They will all be verticals, and will include a gate, and a set of flower boxes. I got the idea for doing this when I was looking up what it would cost to buy a brand new set of jumps. I came across a well-known jump company, and found a set of 4 schooling jumps. The cost for their set of jumps is $2050.00. For 4 schooling jumps. Do you have that much money to spend on a set of 4 jumps? I don’t! But I wondered how much would it cost me to build this exact set for? The answer is: about $350.00, and it would have been about $250.00 if I would have bought the less expensive jump cups. Not too bad right?

Day 1 Getting The Materials

In order to get started building a set of jumps, you will need a few tools along with the lumber, paint, and miscellaneous items that will make the jump building process go smoothly.  You will also need some jump cups, because I have not figured out a cost effective way to build these, so it is easiest to purchase them, but we will go over that a little later.

How to DIY a set of horse jumps for $350.00

Today we are going to start with the materials you will need in order to build your set of jumps. There are two ways you can do this, one way is with 4’ standards, and 8’ poles, or you can build 5’ standards, and use 10’ poles, or a combination of both. I will leave that up to you, but I will give you two different lists, one for 4’, and one for a 5’ set of jumps.

The Tools

How to DIY a set of horse jumps for $350.00

These are the tools you will need to have in order to build this set of jumps:

  • 18 volt drill, cordless, and corded ($99.00 for the cordless, I have a Dewalt cordless, and also a skill saw brand corded one for drilling holes, this was $35.00 at Walmart.)
  • Circular saw ($45.00- I got mine at Walmart, a skill saw brand, and it is incredible.)
  • Orbital sander (34.00)
  • ½” or 7/16” spade drill bit ($3.50 for a 2 pack)
  • Extension cord ($15.00)
  • Tape Measure ($6.00)
  • Putty knife ($ 1.00)

Total investment for your tools:  $238.50

This will be your biggest investment, but you will be able to use these tools over and over again. I have had the same tools for several years, so they have paid for themselves over the years of building horse jumps.

The non-lumber supplies you will need:

  • Safety googles ($1.50)
  • 60 grit sandpaper 1 package ($4.97)
  • 3” decking screws (with hex head) 1 box ($9.97)
  • 1 5/8” decking screws 1 box ($9.97)
  • 3 tubes painters’ latex caulk ($7.50)
  • Kilz 2 primer (1 gallon) ($22.00) (Make sure it is Kilz 2, because that is safe to use outdoors, and it cleans up easier, and is a latex product. The original Kilz primer is not meant to be used outdoors!)
  • Oil based paint -I like to use Rustoleum, and for these jumps I bought 2 quarts white, 1 quart green, 1 quart blue, 1 quart red.
  • 2 qt white paint: ($19.94)
  • 1 qt blue paint ($9.97)
  • 1 qt green paint ($9.97)
  • 1 qt red paint: ($9.97)
  • Paint brushes ($4.97 –this is for a 7 pack of brushes from Walmart, just get the cheap ones, because the oil based paint ruins the brush, so they are one time use only, unless you want to spend the time cleaning them with mineral spirits.)
  • 8 pair of jump cups (Bargain version $4.50 a pair, best quality version: $14.50 a pair)

Total cost for non-lumber supplies:  $146.73

How to DIY a set of horse jumps for $350.00

The Lumber you will need:

To create 4’ tall standards, with 8’ long poles

  • 11 8’ long cherry tone landscaping timbers ($43.67)
  • 10 2”x4”x8’ ($29.60)
  • 3 1”x4”x8’ pine ($5.97)

Total cost for wood:  $79.24

To create 5’ standards, with 10’ poles

  • 8 8’ long cherry tone landscaping timbers
  • 7 4”x4”x10’ wood ($88.34)
  • 9 2”x4”x8’ ($26.64)
  • 1 2”x4”x10’ ($4.65)
  • 3 1”x4”x8’ pine ($5.97)

Total cost for wood:  $125.60

How to DIY a set of horse jumps for $350.00

The cost of the wood is not the expensive part for this project, and depending on what you are planning on doing with the jumps should determine which way you want to go. If you want lightweight and easier to move, and you are not planning on jumping any higher than 4 feet, go with the small jumps.

However, if you anticipate you will jump up to 5 feet, and have a lot of space, you will probably want to go with the 5 foot standards, and 10 foot poles. And you can also build 4 foot standards, with 10 foot poles. The choice is yours.

The most expensive investment if you are starting from scratch will be the tools. But if you have the tools, I am pretty sure you will find uses other than horse jumps. I use my tools all the time for many un-horse jump projects.

How to DIY a set of horse jumps for $350.00

For this set that I am building as an example to show you how you can do this, I am building the set with 5’ standards and 10’ poles. Since I have all of the tools, my expense is only for the non-lumber and lumber supplies. So my total cost of this set is: $ 351.33. It is a little bit more expensive, because I bought the high end jump cups made by Dapple Equine. These jump cups are incredible, and I was able to find them at a great price on Amazon. They were less expensive on Amazon than they were through any of the horse related websites.

Getting the materials home

Now that I have my list completed, I have to buy everything I need for the jumps. The good thing about this is I have a Home Depot close to my work, so I go on my lunch break, and buy what I need. This way I am not wasting extra time driving to the store after work, or even worse, on a weekend. Have you ever gone to one of these stores on a weekend? It is CRAZY!!!! Please, do yourself a favor, and never go to home depot on the weekend!

I have a Subaru station wagon, so I just fold the seats down, and I can get all of the 8 foot lumber in the back of my car. It usually takes me 2 trips. But I used to have a sedan, and believe it or not, I was able to get 4 8’ long cherry landscaping timbers in my car. If you are planning on doing this, please bring an old sheet with you. Those timbers are filled with sap, and you don’t want that getting all over your car!

Since I am doing the 10 foot poles though, they will not fit in my car. I am fortunate that my husband has a truck, so one of my shopping trips to Home Depot will be with his truck.

To get all of these supplies, I can do it in 2-3 days.  And remember I told you we could do this is a week? And the answer is yes we can! So let’s say we go to Home Depot on Monday, and purchase all of the non-lumber items, 5 of the cherry tone timbers, the 1×4 wood, and 4 of the 2 x 4’s. Then on Tuesday, we will purchase the remaining cherry tone timbers, and 2 x 4’s. And on Wednesday, one more trip to home depot for the big 4x4x10’ and the 2x4x10.

And then later that evening, I ordered the jump cups from Amazon. With my prime membership that I have, I get these shipped to me for free, and in two days. I love Amazon!

And if you are a more visual learner, you can also watch me build this set of jumps on my YouTube channel, The Budget Equestrian.

So come back tomorrow, and we will work through the next step, building the standards!


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.

    4 replies to "How to DIY A $2000.00 Set of Horse Jumps for $350.00 in One Week"

    • Dylan Berry

      Your projects look fantastic and I am moving shortly with my soon to be wife to a new farm. They are building new arenas and said I could help build jumps and would love some help! I’ve never built jumps before so any tips/tricks would be great!

      • Lisa

        Hi Dylan!
        That is so awesome that you are going to have an opportunity to be building some jumps! For me, it is a lot of fun. And with the weather turning colder now, and the days getting shorter I will be doing a lot more jump building. So hopefully it will fit your time frame over the winter, but I anticipate a lot of jump articles coming up! That is about the only thing I like about winter, I have the excuse to build jumps, because I can’t ride in the dark! 🙂

    • DDR Farm

      Are you using pressure treated lumber? 4x4x10 in my area only comes pressure treated and I believe painting this type of lumber is difficult.

      • Lisa

        I typically use regular lumber. Pressure treated lumber does last a long time, but I have found it is extremely heavy, and difficult to paint. My jumps are usually outside all summer long and seem to do ok. And it’s less expensive to build the jumps with just plain wood. 🙂 For my “rails” I use the cherry tone landscaping timbers that are 8 ft long. They are really affordable at $4.00. I have had the best luck with the ones from Home Depot. I have tried Lowes, but the landscaping timbers are too skinny. When we make the 10 ft rails we buy the douglas fir 4×4’s at home depot. I also use the landscape timbers for the upright portion of the standard. I have a new idea I am going to be starting soon of using simple 2 x 4’s for standards. I have an idea, and now I just have to see if it will work, I hope it does, so I can share it here with you guys. The 2 x 4’s are plentiful here, and really affordable. That was how I built my cavaletti, just by using 2 x 4’s.

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