Homemade mounting block?

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I need a bigger mounting block and am a bit shocked at how much they cost! Has anyone made one from old wood or pallets and would be happy to share their instructions? :)
 

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I had offcuts from a tree trunk. One short, one med and one tall. They lasted years.

Currently we have a brick one.

In the school for years I used a Medium barrel for food ingredients, such as curry paste, mango chutney etc. They also lasted years, and were used for feed too.

For shows I have a step ladder!
 

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I use a step ladder for shows and the fence for most horses but would like something a bit more substantial for my just backed youngster who is full of energy ;-)
 

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The blue half barrels are great. If you go to a big Indian Restaurant they may let you have one cheap. If they fall over there is nothing to get caught on, and they are taller than the average block.
 

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If you don't need it to be portable, a nice evenly cut tree stump is excellent, as a poster above has already mentioned.

We had one at a yard I was on once, and the odd job man (who was absolutely useless on every other front) nailed some chicken wire on top, as it tended to get pretty slippery in the rain.
 

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Depends how big you need. I've bought a portable step from our local caravan sales, cost £17 and to me looks identical to the £49 + "mounting" blocks in horse supply shops.
 

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I needed an extra tall one for my 17 hand-er that I broke my ankle stepping down from last year when using a stool. I had something delivered with small pallets, so chopped them down, one less than the other then nailed together with some bracers in place, making sure it was deep enough not to tip over. Just some sawing and some nails. I now have a 2 tier one, the smaller section for my 16 hand, the other for my 17 hand. Works a treat!
 

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Ikea doing a decent little 'two step' stool/ ladder which is about £12 I think. Im sure they do a three step for a few quid more but I would want to treat it for outside use. I like the idea of using tree stumps for a more natural look (and less likely to get pinched?)
 

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I have one made of breeze blocks in the school, which is very stable but I had to share the photo of the stone one which is just outside the yard. It is Victorian and has been worn away over the passing years by lots of feet. I do have to keep the clematis and honeysuckle cut back though and Mr B is not above having a snack when I'm mounting!
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I have one made of breeze blocks in the school, which is very stable but I had to share the photo of the stone one which is just outside the yard. It is Victorian and has been worn away over the passing years by lots of feet. I do have to keep the clematis and honeysuckle cut back though and Mr B is not above having a snack when I'm mounting!
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I love this, the thought of all those feet wearing a curve in the stone, on the way to a lovely ride.....
 

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The blue half barrels are great. If you go to a big Indian Restaurant they may let you have one cheap. If they fall over there is nothing to get caught on, and they are taller than the average block.

Me too! But don't cut them in half, cut a bit off centre, then you have one big one and one small one! :)
 

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OH made this, part of the tread is missing. It's very heavy, but can be picked up. The top is huge, handy for wandering round if the pony moves as he does. It was much taller, the stirrup for my 17.2hh was at the same level as the top so I could step in without boosting and repeatedly pulling my Achilles. Had to chop it for my 15.1hh!

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It's very stable, I hate being up a height and standing on wobbly blocks.
 

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I've got an old pop crate I 'found'

An ex-livery had a crate she used and even took to shows with her. Until, that is, the day she managed to fall though it and ended up hopping round the collecting ring unable to get her foot out and with 17hh of Warmblood freaking out beside her!! Sadly I have to confess to laughing too much to have been much help...
 

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I've used a tree stump, step ladder and now use a step made of off cuts from our post and rail. It's heavy but very very stable and safe - took my OH a few hours to make.
 

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OH made this, part of the tread is missing. It's very heavy, but can be picked up. The top is huge, handy for wandering round if the pony moves as he does. It was much taller, the stirrup for my 17.2hh was at the same level as the top so I could step in without boosting and repeatedly pulling my Achilles. Had to chop it for my 15.1hh!

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It's very stable, I hate being up a height and standing on wobbly blocks.

Would love this! :) How did you make it?
 

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An ex-livery had a crate she used and even took to shows with her. Until, that is, the day she managed to fall though it and ended up hopping round the collecting ring unable to get her foot out and with 17hh of Warmblood freaking out beside her!! Sadly I have to confess to laughing too much to have been much help...

Actually, I do worry when my much, how shall I say, 'heavier' friend uses it. It does make ominous creaking noises. God, I shall laugh my socks off if that happens to him.
 
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