Horse Jump Rails – DIY VS Retail


If you’re looking to start practicing your horse jumping skills, then you’re going to need a course of jumps, and that means you’re going to need some horse jump rails.

Now, those that run barns or horse riding schools know that when it comes to learning to jump, a good amount of horse jump rails are needed. Not only so that you have enough to go around, to create as many jumps as needed, but also so that you have plenty of spare ones in case any get damaged.

The question is, how do you get horse jump rails? There are two main options that you can go for, either buy them pre-made or DIY your own horse jump rails. Each option has its advantages and disadvantages, and in the end, it depends on what is better for your needs and preferences. 

But which is better? Well, all we can do is give you some specifics on both options, and then try and sum up the pros and cons of each, so that you can make your own mind up on the matter! 

Let’s get right into it! 

Buying Horse Jump Rails

The first option for getting horse jump rails is to simply buy some, pre-made and ready to use. This is, of course, the easiest and fastest way, with very little effort on your part.

You simply look up the horse jump rails that you want to buy, you pay, and they’re delivered to your location (unless they are pick-up only). Simple enough! 

However, when buying horse jump rails you need to take into account the price. On average, an affordable ready-made horse rail, painted in a standard white, will cost you around $30.

If you buy them in specific colors, the cost will start to increase, and the same goes if you are buying specific models or makes that are slightly fancier. 

But overall, not that costly…that is until you pay for the shipping. 

Because yes, the biggest cost of buying horse jump rails pre-made is the shipping! It kind of makes sense since they’re a bit awkward to transport, due to their size.

However, if you are able to pick them up from the store yourself, then you will be getting rid of that extra big bulk of expense, making this option pretty good! 

If you’re going to buy horse jump rails, then here are a few tips:

  • Make sure you are buying the horse jump rails you need, take into account the size, the design, the colors, and more. There are plenty of options online, so you shouldn’t settle for something that doesn’t fit your preference! 
  • Compare different suppliers in order to find the most affordable options! 
  • Check the shipping cost! Seriously, this is the biggest bulk of the expense. It’s worth looking into whether you can pick them up yourself, if the store isn’t too far away, in order to save yourself from paying the shipping! 
  • Look out for multi-packs! These will usually save you some money as opposed to buying the same amount individually. 

Making Your Own DIY HorseJump Rails

The other option, in order to get horse jump rails, is to simply make them yourselves, the good old DIY. This takes a little more time, and it entails a lot of effort on your behalf, as you will be making them yourself.

However, the reason why many people actually choose to DIY the horse jump rails, is that it is a lot cheaper than outright buying them! 

For example, people who need a large number of horse jump rails will save a lot of money to make them in bulk, rather than having to buy so many pre-made ones. And this is because while our estimate for buying a horse jump rail is around $30 (for the more affordable options), our estimate for making your own is around $10 to $15.

If you start adding up, one rail after another, you’ll see that you’d be saving a lot of money by going down the DIY route! As long as you have the time and willingness to put in the effort, of course. 

If you are going to DIY your own horse jump rails, then this is what you will need: 

  • Landscape timbers or posts (you can get these for really cheap at places such as Home Depot, at an average of around $5 per timber!) 
  • Sandpaper
  • Primer
  • Paint of your choice
  • A circular saw 

Once you have all of the materials ready (all of them easily found in Home Depot or hardware stores, for very cheap prices), then this is what you need to do: 

  1. Measure the landscape timbers or posts, to make sure they are the length of your choice. Horse jump rails are usually either 8, 10, or 12 feet long. Most landscape timbers come at a length of 8 feet, and posts tend to be longer. 
  2. Cut your post, if necessary, to the length of your choosing. For this, you can use the circular saw to cut off the ends, in order to shorten the original length. If the posts are square in shape, then you should also cut off the corners, to make them more rounded, or more of an octagonal shape. 
  3. Use sandpaper to smooth down the surface of the timbers or posts. This is important, as you don’t want them to potentially harm the horse if the horse knocks into them! They should have a completely smooth surface. 
  4. Once you are happy with the design and surface of the DIY rail, use some primer, and then the paint of your choice. This way you can decorate them in any way you want, for a personalized appearance. 

And that’s it! It might be a little time-consuming, but as you can see, making your own horse jump rails isn’t actually that hard, as long as you have all of the necessary materials.

Of course, it does mean that you have to go out searching for the materials, and for a way to transport the posts back to your barn to work on them.

It also means that they might not look as professional or official as the pre-made ones that you could buy, especially if you’re not quite talented at crafting. 

But overall, making your own horse jump rails should not take that long, and the main benefit is that you can end up with a lot more rails, for a far lesser cost. 

Should You Buy Or Make Your Horse Jump Rails?

Now that we’ve talked a bit about buying horse jump rails, and making your own through an easy DIY method, it’s time to address the important question: which option should you go for? Should you buy some rails? Or should you just make your own? 

The answer depends completely on your own personal needs and preferences, so we can’t tell you what to do, or which option is better, as each has its pros and cons. But let’s compare the two a bit more closely…

Cost

As a general rule, it is a lot cheaper to make your own horse jump rails, rather than buy them pre-made. 

The average price of a horse jump rail, in a standard design, is around $30 for the more affordable ones. Meanwhile, making your own rail costs roughly around $10 to $15, depending on the materials that you do or do not have. 

If you only need a few rails, then the difference isn’t that big. However, when you buy horse jump rails you also then need to take into account the shipping cost, which is usually quite expensive! 

Convenience And Ease

It is a lot more convenient and easy to simply buy pre-made horse jump rails, as the only effort required is to go online and order them, and they will usually be shipped straight to your barn or wherever it is you need them. 

Meanwhile, making your own horse jump rails requires you to source the materials, and then work with them to craft the rails yourself, which is time-consuming and takes effort and skill. 

Time It Takes To Have Them

As long as the shipping time is within the normal standard (usually a few days or up to two weeks), you will have the rails ready to use a lot sooner if you just buy them. This is because with making them, you have to first source all of the materials, then craft, then sand and prime and paint, and let dry. 

However, it completely depends on the time it takes for the rails to ship from the store, vs the time it will take you, personally, to DIY them! If you work non-stop then you would obviously have them ready a lot sooner when done by you!

Personalization Of Appearance

When buying horse jump rails, there are usually several different lengths, colors, and designs available, with the price varying in accordance to these.

However, if you make your own horse jump rails, you don’t depend on the choices available because you can simply make them in any way you want, completely personalized! 

So…which option is better? Well, in regards to cost and personalization, the DIY method. In regards to convenience and ease, buying them is the better option. But you should choose whichever option is best for you, personally! 

However, if you are going to be needing a large number of horse jump rails, and you don’t mind them looking a little less professional, then we recommend you make them yourself as it will be a lot cheaper, and you can make them exactly what you need. 

Summary

In conclusion, DIY horse jump rails are a lot cheaper and can be as personalized as you want because you are making them yourself. The materials are cheap to source, and overall the method is quite simple, it just takes a little skill.

On the other hand, retail horse jump rails will be a lot more professional and require no time or effort on your part. The downside is that they are more expensive, especially when you take into account the shipping costs. 

You should choose whichever one is best for your needs and preferences, but we recommend the DIY option if you are in need of a large number of jump rails. 

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