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Jump Poles!!

I’ve been a bit obsessed with poles here lately.  It’s because we have the horse trial coming up.  It’s amazing how a goal motivates me to do all kinds of things (although sadly, it hasn’t gotten my tack cleaned yet).

I’m not sure how many years (yes, years) I’ve been wanting “real” jump poles.  Last week I finally went and bought some.  Never mind that they turned out to be too big in diameter… (Oh well, they won’t fall down so easily!) and too short (Our arena is too narrow to fit 12′ poles, right?)…  They’re at least ROUND!  (And lesson learned:  Yes, I *do* want to look at the poles before I plunk down the cash for them.)

I mentioned to our fabulous Ranch Hand that I wanted to paint them, and lo and behold, I showed up to the barn on Saturday morning to discover he had already primered them for me.  Not only that, but  he helped me measure and tape the poles so I could paint them pretty colors using the wide variety of old paint stashed in the old barn workshop (which he found and mixed for me).  And here is the end result!

oooooh! pretty!

Even better is that I no longer will find myself saying:  Head to the green and white jump standards!  No, the other ones!  The slanted ones!

 

 

 

 

 

Instead I can say:  Head for the Valentine’s jump!

Valentine's day to Christmas!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or the St. Patrick’s Day jump!  Or the Rainbow jump!

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