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Jumping logs when out hacking

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Fazackerley · 03/05/2019 11:16

Inspired by another thread - does anyone pop logs when out on a hack? I do and so do my dcs.

I'm really interested in the idea that small unfixed natural fences like logs are more likely to cause a rotational fall because they can move.

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Fazackerley · 03/05/2019 11:19

And if that's true, then why do so many people have plastic portable jumps? We have several in out field and the fact that they collapse easily has always made me think that they are safer to jump? Obviously rotational falls are the type of fall that we all want to avoid and I always thought that fences that collapsed easily are less likely to cause them.

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WellErrr · 03/05/2019 11:23

It’s more the fact that they are big solid obstacles which then roll or tip forwards rather than collapse. Different to showjumps because of that.

You are more likely to have a bad fall at a big solid unfixed xc fence if you hit it, purely by dint of it being unfixed.
HOWEVER - this fall is NOT MORE LIKELY to be rotational.

Jumping small logs out hacking is unlikely to cause you harm, outside of mumsnet it is a regular occurrence.

Rosieposy4 · 09/05/2019 23:06

I certainly wouldn’t put worry of a rotational against jumping logs out hacking. Possibly hard or boggy ground would discourage but the chances of a rotational fall over the size of log you are likely to come across hacking is tiny.

DiseasesOfTheSheep · 11/05/2019 23:06

I worry less about logs because they tend to be either very small, or pretty heavy, with a more forgiving round profile, so the chance of the fence rising up on impact and causing a rotational doesn't seem huge to me.

I do have a massive issue with unfixed plastic type portables, particularly those with square profiles which the horse might impact and cause to rise / move under the horse and cause a rotational.

I pop logs out hacking where I find them. Risk aware, not risk averse and all that!

thenightsky · 11/05/2019 23:09

The landowners round our way deliberately leave jumpable logs on the flat wide verges for horse riders. Smile

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