Wood, aluminum or plastic? What is the best option when you are looking to buy jumps for your arena? Well, there are lots of differing opinions out there. It is easy to see why trainers and equestrians alike have become really into the idea of lightweight jumps such as aluminum. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t particularly enjoy moving heavy jumps (although it is a great way to stay in shape). To be honest, it depends on what you are looking to get out of your jumps that determines what type of material will work best for you and your wallet. However, if you are looking for any of the following 4 things, wood might be the right material for you.
Jumps can be extremely expensive and you definitely want to make sure you’re getting the best bang for your buck. Wood jumps tend to be significantly cheaper than aluminum or vinyl jumps due to the fact that vinyl and aluminum jumps are highly manufactured. You are able to buy a lot more jumps when you choose to buy wood versus if you choose to buy aluminum or vinyl. For example you can buy a 4 set vinyl jump package at Arena Supplies for between $6,398.25 - $6,772.20. While you can buy a 4 set wood jump package at Backyard Equine & More for starting at just $1,700. That’s a lot of savings!
There seems to be a misconception that wood jumps don’t last, however that is simply not true. Wood jumps can last a very long time. However, it is important to talk to the company you are looking to buy wood jumps from about what type of wood they use and what type of paint they use. Ask about the reasoning behind the product materials they have chosen! They should be able to tell you exactly how the product materials chosen will benefit their product. Both the wood selection and paint selection can determine just how long your wood jumps will last and how durable they will be. Jumps made from other materials like vinyl and aluminum tend fade in the sun and/or break.
3. ABILITY TO REPAIR AND REFURB
Unlike vinyl or plastic wood can be repaired and refurbished after years of wear and tear. No matter what type of material you choose for your next jump course you will eventually experience wear and tear. Once materials other than wood experience wear and tear there is no way to fix them. The only option is to buy new jumps. Wood jumps can easily be refurbished by you or by a company that makes wood jumps for a much lower price than buying all new jumps. Check out this awesome refurb job by Backyard Equine & More. The refurb job was made for a client that wanted to turn their old run down standards into a Tiffany & Co. inspired jump.
This is probably the most important point to consider when choosing which company and what material to go with. When a horse is learning to jump it is important that they learn that knocking a rail is not a fun experience. Since wood has more weight than other materials, when the horse hits or knocks a rail they will feel a slight sting. That sting is important to both the rider and the horse’s safety because it reminds the horse to pick their feet up and jump properly the next time. This prevents the horse from crashing into jumps and causing potential injury. Horses do not respect other lighter materials like vinyl. Vinyl also has the potential to shatter if cashed into (poles or standards).
It's true that there are pros and cons to all types of materials used for jumps. It is important to weigh all the options and choose what is best for you. However, if you are wanting one or more of the 4 things listed above, wood might be the right option for you. If you are interested in purchasing wood jumps to improve your arena, Horse Barn Addicts highly recommends Backyard Equine & More located in Indiana. Check out their website and social media!
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