Thursday, May 14, 2009

Making Cavallettis

I am working on making Cavallettis. It started with a trip to Home Depot and checking out all the "plastic." I found these 4x3 drain basins, drilled two 1 inch holes on each side.Next, I cut 3/4 inch PVC pipe into 16 inch long pieces and stuck them thru the drilled holes. I lined them up and then used electrical tape to keep the pipe in place. Just kept going around and around until the pipe was secure.I capped the ends of the pvc pipe with little caps they had at Home Depot for 13 cents a piece. It gave it a finished look. Then I cut a 10 foot by 4 inch PVC pipe in half and stuck them into the drain basins. They were ready to go, but I decided to put on three strips of white vinyl tape to help with visibility in the arena. I think they turned out really nice. I made four and have used them all week. The only other thing I am thinking of doing is taping the basins to the big pvc pipe just so they don't come loose. Each one costs about $18 to make, which isn't too bad. They are nice and light and easy to move around the arena.

11 comments:

Lori Skoog said...

What a fabulous idea! I'll bet a lot of horse people will try this.

jane augenstein said...

Wow, great idea! I'm going to have to make some of those. Thanks for sharing your ideas!!!
~Jane and Gilly~

jacksonsgrrl said...

Those are AWESOME!!! How much did the whole project cost you? I think I may try it too!!!

Drillrider said...

Bet they cost MUCH less than anything with "horse" in the description, huh?

My sweet husband made me some jumps for the dog.....we are trying our hand at agility. It is fun and my dog (an Australian Shepherd) L-O-V-E-S it!

Drillrider said...

P.S. They look GREAT too!

Kate said...

Very creative - If I were handy, I'd make some too -but I'm not :(

William Nobles said...

"The girl is crafty like ice is cold!"

Grey Horse Matters said...

How inventive. You did a great job.

smellshorsey said...

Now those are cool! We're still doing it with wooden poles and X wooden thingies. Very heavy. Thanks for showing us how!

Callie said...

Wow! Extremely creative!

Linda from Texas said...

Looks great/Friend of Mindy's and we are going to make some. You mentoned taping the caps onto the long poles. Did you try that yet? Had you thought about using that purple stuff and cement that glues PVC together rather than the tape? It would last better. Also did you select Black PVC because you liked it or was that what they had at your Home Depot? I typically see the White PVC? Just wondering before we make! TKS LInda from TX