An Easy Way to Build Horse Jump Standards Out of Wood

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An Easy Way to Build Horse Jump Standards Out of Wood
These easy-to-make standards will help you train for competition. (horse & rider jumping a barrier image by Clarence Alford from

Jump standards cost hundreds of dollars to purchase new. You can make them yourself with wood and a few power tools, and then use inexpensive wood poles or PVC pipe as jump poles, and paint them any colour you like. Grand Prix level courses have between 10 and 16 jumps. With six to 10 sets of standards, you can set up a variety of small training courses with verticals (upright jumps with no spread), oxers (two verticals close together) and combinations (two or three jumps in a row with one or two strides between each).

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Things you need

  • 2 8-foot lengths of treated 4-by-4 wood
  • Measuring tape
  • Saw
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • 1/4-inch drill bit
  • 1/2-inch spade bit
  • 2 8-foot 1-by-4 planks
  • Screwdriver
  • Wood screws, 1-1/2 inch
  • Pair of jump cups

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  1. 1

    Saw an 8-foot length of treated 4-by-4 wood into two 4-foot lengths. These will be the upright pieces of the jump standards.

  2. 2

    Mark each 4-foot length every 3 inches, beginning 18 inches from the bottom and continuing to the top. Drill a hole through the centre of each mark using a 1/4-inch drill bit. Drill all the way through the wood. Use a 1/2-inch spade bit to widen each hole.

  3. 3

    Mark two 8-foot 1-by-4 planks every 24 inches. Saw each plank at the marks to make four supports for each upright piece.

  4. 4

    Place one support at the base of an upright piece so that the short end is even with the right side and the long end is even with the bottom. Mount the support to the base of the upright with two wood screws.

  5. 5

    Mount three additional supports to the base of the upright piece in the same manner. The supports will resemble a pinwheel at the base of the upright.

  6. 6

    Follow Steps 4 and 5 for the other upright piece.

  7. 7

    Stand up both jump standards and check for sturdiness. Attach a jump cup to each standard.

Tips and warnings

  • For additional stability, 2-by-4 or 2-by-6 planks can be used instead of 1-by-4 planks.

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