If your horse could talk then he might have quite a lot to say about the materials you have selected for him. There are those who for all the practical purposes in the world have purposely selected plastic horse jump cups. And then there are those who have gone on and tried and trusted the use of wooden implements that have, quite frankly, stood the test of time through many local and international show jumping events.
Taking care of aesthetics, making sure that the show jumping and training course is an attractive navigational course; both plastic and wood serve the purpose well. There are a multitude of creative designs that help take of image conscious event organizers and horse owners requirements. Horse jump cups and horse jump fences are made out of both plastic and wood. This is also been done for economic reasons.
There are those equine stakeholders who wish to ensure that their bottom line is secure. In many cases, commercially driven, they need to make a profit, so the cost of their equine materials does have a bearing. Fortunately for cost-conscious horse and stable owners, there are many cheap alternatives available to them. One important stakeholder within the equine industry is the specialist veterinary surgeon. And he is arguing vehemently in favor of horse owners, course managers, even organizers and all other stakeholders focusing more attention on acquiring wooden horse jump cups and jumping fences as opposed to using plastic.
This is because it has come to light that plastic is more than just an obstacle for horses to clear. If the cup is clipped or the fence is not breached the possibility of severe and damaging injuries are that much greater.