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DIY Pool Noodle Horse Obstacle


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Pool noodle horse obstacles are great for desensitizing horses to having their body and legs touched. The great thing about this obstacle is it can be used for any age horse. Start off on the ground and progress to navigating the obstacle under saddle. Check out the video showing that process in this post.

During summer months, pool noodles are regularly available at most big-box type stores like Walmart, Home Depot and Target. A lot of the dollar discount stores will also carry them.

During the winter, or just anytime you are having trouble finding them, Amazon actually has a pretty good deal. Better yet, they are available on Prime if you have that service (which I love). If you don’t have Prime, you can sign up for a 30-day Free Trial.

free printable project sheet horse obstacle

Materials List

Tools Needed

  • Circular Saw
  • Drill with Standard Bit Set
  • Spade / Paddle Bits
  • Measuring Tape
  • 3 or 3.5″ Screws
  • (1) 4x4x10 – To make a 5′ tall stand you can use a 10′ piece and cut it in half.
  • (1) 2x8x10 – For the legs, we’ll cut one 2×8 into 8 equal pieces. A 10′ piece gives us 15″ legs. A 12′ piece gives us 18″ legs
  • (1) 5′ Piece 1/2″ PVC pipe
  • Pool Noodles (Amazon has a set of 35 for usually under $2.00 each)..When it’s summer these may be cheaper in the store, during the offseason I get them from Amazon at the link below. We’ll use 10 here and have other obstacles coming up where we will use the rest!