Can you help me brainstorm a better way to make a vaulting barrel?

Hi, Thanks for your interest.
I want to find someone to make a vaulting barrel. What is a vaulting barrel you may ask? It is a "fake horse" used in the sport of equestrian vaulting , which is gymnastics, essentially, on horseback.

There are lots of instructions around involving the welding 55 gallon drums, etc. The problem is these barrels are very heavy and unwieldly. I am not persuaded this this is the best design. I am wondering, for example, could they be made from PVC or something else? Is there a better way to attach the padding? Can the handles be removable easily. The legs, adjustable. I would love to figure out a better approach.

Here are the specsspecs (PDF) from the American Vaulting Association and here are some picturespictures.

I would appreciate any advice. Thanks so much!

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Toga_Dan1 year ago

I've some ideas. Don't feel like writing now. Pics later? Or giv u a hand if u r within 100 mi. Where r u?

BarbaraK801 year ago

l might buy vaulting barrel handles...skyline vaulting equipment have them. I plan to use dense foam and cover it with vinyl . I will staple the vinyl on. U can use a vaulting surcingle for the handles. I had one made last year. Height is not an issue really. New one will be lower for the spitters to be able to work easier.

BarbaraK801 year ago

l am making a vaulting barrel with plywood and 1x4 boards. Cutting the boards the same length is a challenge

trialex10 years ago
From the title I was picturing some sort of barrely size Mexican Jumping Bean type of problem...
westfw10 years ago
Well, you could look at the way "real" gymnastics equipment is made. I think it has leather (no longer REAL leather) over padding over a frame. Handles detachable via a bolt that goes all the way through, essentially (pommel horse.) There ought to be a lot of old (gymnastics) vaulting horse on the used market these days, since they've switched to the "table." (but they're not the size you want, and they're by no means "light and easy to wield", although there's specialized moving equipment...)