Jump Bar Cavaletti
06 Apr 2018
I’m working on dog conditioning exercises from Daisy Peel’s Agility Challenge and one of this month’s exercises uses cavaletti. You can buy pre-made cavaletti which adjust to different heights or use a bar with any kind of support you can dream up. I had been using regular jumps/bars but was resetting a lot of bars as your dog’s start out or got excited trying to race over them. An unexpected thing about using jumps: Snap! decided the jump uprights looked just like weave poles for his first attempt!
It occurred to me that I have a LOT of extra jump bars lying around so all I needed was a way to hold them up off the ground. I figured out that “3-way PVC Elbows” the same diameter as my jump bars were just what I needed:
I cut up some of my oldest jump bars to use as legs. You can use a PVC saw or PVC cutters. Be careful using PVC cutters on old PVC! It can shatter and send sharp pieces flying! Wear saftey glasses and keep people/animals out of the area. If you look at my photo below you can see the jagged edges on the cut pieces:
Just press fit the pieces together, don’t glue them! That way you can still use your jump bars with your jump standards and can cut different length pieces to raise/lower your cavaletti.
Here’s a video recap of this article with Flyer and Snap! running over the cavaletti interspersed with low jumps:
So now you can quickly (and cheaply) make a whole slew of cavaletti too!