In addition to safety, the cost of the jumps and accessories are important. Some companies guarantee a low price and will meet or beat their competition s prices. As long as the buyer gets the same quality, of course he is delighted to pay less.
It is of the utmost importance to buy quality equipment. Wood or PVC, a man made type of plastic material, is used to build the jumps. Horse show planners consider PVC superior in many ways. It cannot rot like wood. It is long lasting and can be left out in inclement weather. It is very durable.
PVC is a more expensive material to work with, however, it can now be manufactured more cheaply than wood because of computerized methods. This makes PVC competitive in the market. It is, in fact, cheaper to buy than wood.
There are many things about this industry that the average person does not know. There are a variety of types of jumps. Cavalletti jumps are used in dressage exhibitions. The horses trained for dressage, also known as dancing, are different than those used for Western trail competitions for example. Those jumps are similar to natural things found on trail rides, such as logs.
There are specifications for each type of jump. As a beginner who wants to start with a few simple hurdles, you need to know some facts. You can set up your first jumps. Check each piece of equipment for nails or sharp pieces. A cross rail is a kind of upright fence made with two poles meeting at the center in a cross. This keeps the horse jumping in the center of the jump.
A pyramid jump and oxer jump are two other types. Any combination of two or three jumps in a row requires careful measurement of not only the height but the distance between the jumps as measured in strides. An upright fence must be correctly spaces as it is a difficult jump.
Measure the distance between jumps at approximately twelve feet for a horse or ten feet for a pony. Alternatively, you can measure your own horse s exact stride. Use a tape measure and set up the distance between jumps according to your horse.
It would be extremely dangerous to place a pole behind a jump. This creates a false ground line that confuses the horse. He will perceive the jump as being farther away than it is. His judgement of distance would create a danger as a result.
The requirements for the size regulations in competitions are stringent. Planners of the shows want to add accessories that are aesthetically pleasing to those spectators attending the event. You can buy accessories such as extra rails, cups, wings and flower boxes to make the ring a lovely place. Jumps can be purchased in package deals or individually. Appearance is not of primary importance, but it does add to the horse show experience.
Horse jumps bring joy to the people watching these magnificent equine competitions. They may or may not appreciate the work and training behind the acquired skills, but they certainly derive pleasure from watching how gracefully they do it. The beauty of the horses is enhanced by an attractive show ring as well.
Horse jumps are designed and set up to test the abilities of both horse and rider. When your magnificent steed approaches his jumps, you want to know that he is going to safely clear it, and that you are going to ride him safely over the jump. Safety is assured (as much as possible) when you buy the jumping equipment from a reliable company. Safety is primary.
After safety concerns, price is important. A company may guarantee that his company s equipment is sold to you at the lowest price. This includes costing less than any other manufacturer charges for similar quality jumping equipment.