I have recently started riding my mare bareback to improve my balance and seat. Right now I stand on the side of a trailer, one of those with the low rail. That is in my front yard so I have to lead her to it, mount, and then ride back to the pasture. I would like to have something in the pasture to mount from. I already have a milk crate and thought about getting two more to make something step-like.
Clarksdale, MS--the golden buckle on the cotton belt
Milk crates are way too light. You can break things like bones using those. Mounting blocks need to be heavy. Really heavy.
If you can have something permanent, go to a lumber yard and pick up a three step concrete front steps. I think they cost about $35. Heavy as lead, will not move, and you can bring the horse up on the side that should be toward the house. They don't look bad either.
Another thing that I've used that doesn't look so bad in a front yard is a picnic table.
"I'm a lumberjack, and I'm okay." Thread killer Extraordinaire
Hubby built me a three step box out of 2X4's and plywood. Heavy as heck, so not moveable, but allows me to haul my lard butt onto my horses without pulling them over. Didn't take the horses long to get used to it, even though I am pretty tall standing on it.
I used to have a 2-step non-folding plastic thing from Wal-mart for a mounting block, but it got broke and I haven't been able to find another. Now I just use an overturned 5 gallon bucket or muck tub.
No kiddin'. I went to a riding school years ago that used plastic chairs for mounting blocks. Sure enough, it broke with me and I wound up face down across the saddle like the dead outlaw in a western. (It was a strange school in other ways, too. They made everyone begin lessons in a western saddle, no matter what discipline one wanted to ride. I started there because they were close to my summer job but I left after about three or four lessons.)
Anyway, I found a two-step plastic mounting block at my local TSC store that was being used to stock upper shelves. They let me buy it for eight bucks cause it was used.
Now that I'm no longer riding ponies, though, I reckon I'll build me one for my riding ring.
Wow! Went out and played with the ponies and come back to lots of responses. Can't use fence unless I want to shock myself! LOL It's electric. I think I'll check Walmart and Home Depot to see what they have. While at Home Depot, price lumber in case I want to build one.
No large rocks, stumps, or trees wide enough to turn into stumps.
I once (ONCE was enough) tried mounting bareback from a plastic chair and it tipped and deposited me under my very spooky horse who just stood there while I got myself and the chair out from under her! Plastic chairs are for sitting on, that's it.
I have a three-step thing that is actually sold as a "mounting block", but it's really tippy. Don't know if I'd actually want to use it to get on a horse from. I'm currently using as a step for the secondary door of the mobile home.