Our first obstacle course project…Phase I

Training our horses has become a lot of fun around here. We’ve been working on ground routines. Our walk, trot and lope patterns have become solid now. Jerzey has been moving in a side-pass motion along the fence-line at a trot. Won’t be long and she’ll be loping along. Trying to figure out different things to keep them motivated has become a challenge. Jerzey and Jewels learning ability is much faster than I anticipated. As long as I can give them both clear directions, it doesn’t take but a time or two and they’ve got it down pat! To keep them from getting bored with the same ole routines, we decided to build a bridge. You never know what kind of routine we can come up with if you use little imagination. My husband went to Home Depot today to pick up the materials we needed to build our first project. He decided to make due with supplies that were less costly. Our bridge materials include:

4- landscape timbers at $3.97 each verses the 4×4 posts that were $12.97 each.

1- 4×8 sheet of treated plywood at $33.97 verses having to buy 2×12 treated lumber and cut them up.

2- 12″ pieces of chain along with,

2- links when put together provided us a way to move our bridge with the tractor.

1- box of decking screws

Our total cost was $77. and some change.

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We had a lot of fun working with the horses after our project was built. It didn’t take long for the horses to accept the new obstacle. What will we think of next? Stay tuned for Phase II.

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