What do you use for a mounting block? Suggestions please :-)
I use a two step, heavy duty plastic mounting block for my younger horses. When I had my older herd--1,000's of hours under saddle--I would use a log, the side of my 4 horse trailer, a picnic bench or NOTHING bc I prefer to mount from the ground.
I would invest in a factory made mounting block. My DH has been ~ 300 lbs, and it was safe for him to use. You do NOT want a mounting block to collapse or break while using it. Some people prefer a 3-step mounting block. I cannot tell you how many other uses I've found for this in my barn and 5 acre property, as well.
I spent $50 for mine, but that was about 5 years ago. They are WELL WORTH the money.
Get something heavy. Someone went the cheapo route and ended up hurting themselves when the thing they used slipped away and they landed on it back first.
You can always use the good ol' fence as well! :lol:
I bought a 2 step one ages ago in the UK and brought it with me. Its heavy enough to not tip but light enough to carry around if I want too.
In an emergency I'll use anything to avoid hauling myself up and pulling on the horses back/saddle. I'm not as nimble as I used to be
Now my youngest son just hops on off the ground - doesn't even put his foot in the stirrup, that's just showing off!!!
I have a 2 step Burlington mounting block with a compartment under the top step. It's handy to keep some of those last minute things like fly spray in. I also have a folding step stool that I keep in the truck. I used to have a molded plastic step stool but the folding one takes up much less room. It's called an E-Z Foldz step stool and I love it. I'm looking to get another one for in the house. EZ Foldz® Folding Step Stool - Step Stools - Ace Hardware
A 2 step molded plastic stool used here - (I admire those who can mount from the ground, btw! I'm a very active gal, but only 5' tall so it's a must for me! :)
We have molded steps in the ring. Next to the barns we have a fabulous stump that I dearly love. It is next to a big tree that you can use to "hold" a fidgety horse.
I just want to throw this out there. You should always train a horse to be mounted either from the ground or a block. You never know when an emergency might force you to just find a hole to put your horse in to mount or a buddy to give you a boost. Sometimes a horse gets used to a block and will freak out at the mounting "hop" most people do when mounting from the ground. You probably already know that :-P
We have two heavy duty plastic mounting blocks, one is a three step, the other is two, and we also have a four step ladder. I almost always use the three step one, it feels the most sturdy to me and the height is perfect. I really dislike the step ladder, it is kind of wobbly and it freaks me out. I'd hate to tip it over or have either myself or my horse get hung up in it somehow. It's just not safe.
I believe that it is better to use a mounting block or anything that makes mounting easier, it's healthier for my knees and back and for my horse's back. Also, I absolutely have to stand on something to get on my horse. I'm 5'3" and my horse is 16hh! There is no way I am hauling my butt up in the saddle from the ground.
I agree that your horse should be okay with being mounted from the ground, but I think it depends on what you do with your horse. If you trail ride or compete outside of an arena, by all means, they need to be used to it. But if you're like me and spend 99% of the time in an arena, all you have to do to get back on is walk back to the mounting block! :lol:
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