Why Plastic Jump Cups Are Going Out Of Fashion And Being Replaced By Wood Alternatives


Across the board, plastic has been in wide use for decades already. Today, the realization is that the extensive use of plastic is, quite literally, all going to waste and causing a lot of damage and harm. It does not matter where you are or who you are, everyone is slowly but surely feeling the counter effects of plastic use’s originally intended convenience. The show jumping world has not been immune to this either.

Slowly but surely, horse trainers are replacing the training jump cups with the better preferred wooden horse jump cups for a few good reasons. This note only looks at two crucial reasons affecting the sport, its trainers, the riders and especially the horses. Oh, and do include the audiences too, because this is what the horses and riders live for. To give the show of their lives and receive the much desired accolades.

The use of wood is making a welcome comeback to show jumping events across the country, and across the world. The audiences are enthralled at the decorative effects that wood makes alongside the inclusion of green (horticultural) features. These natural effects also have an effect on the judges as they notice how well the horses and their riders negotiate the show jumping obstacles. They would tear their hair out at the plastic jumps and cups.

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Later it was found that horses fear the plastic. If their ankles clipped a plastic obstacle, the chances of a severe injury were pretty regular. But not so with wood, it was found. So, the horses have a little more confidence when approaching wood because they already sense that this is an obstacle that is not going to hurt them.