||Christmas was over and
Target had their prices slashed by 90%. All that was left on
their shelves were Christmas tree stands....."Christmas tree
stands!!" Excitedly, I faintly remembered a young 4H girl using
them to make poles for a gymkhana horse. I bought 6 stands
knowing I could do the same for our miniature horses. My
wonderful hubby cut 5 foot lengths of heavy gauge PVC pipe that
was 3 inches in diameter.
|Then he made "jump cups"
that slide up and down the PVC. These cups hold another PVC pipe
horizontally. The 3" PVC is the same width as a 2 x 4. So, hubby
screwed 1 x 2's onto the side of the 2 x 4 and they squeeze
right on! He did make a concave arch in the 2 x 4 to cradle the
horizontal bar. The stands are light enough to move around.
||They vary in function from being jump holders to
being poles that we can drive in and out of and practice
maneuverability. Soon, we will take pictures and post them of us using
Miniatures don't seem
to get the same sort of leg injuries as large horses, either from
jumping or from strenuous driving exercise. This could be attributed to
their shorter pasterns which do not allow for hyperextension, or because
of their lower body weight to bone density ratios.
Click here to see a short video of the girls jumping Commander.