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Building Plans For A Mounting Block

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  • Building Plans For A Mounting Block

    I've decided that I'd like to try and build a 3 step mounting block. I'm going to enlist my Dad's help (he has all the tools). Unfortunately neither one of us know where to start when it comes to the dimensions. Are there any plans for one on the net somewhere? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

  • #2
    It's actually pretty simple. Go to your local Home Depot/Lowes and get some stair risers (they look like wood teeth). It's just a matter of bolting these to some 4x4's an putting some 2x12's for the steps.
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    • #3
      There are dimensions and step-by-step instructions for building one in "The Rider's Problem Solver," by Jessica Jahiel. (:
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      • #4
        O dpn't know how many times I have wished people would round off the edges of the steps which seem to be asking for a horse to knock himself on the corners.
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          Sorry, folks - guess I didn't read over the post before hitting "reply".
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            #6
            thanks for the suggestions!!

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            • #7
              Don't skimp on the size, make it tall enough and wide enough, that's my advice. Then, if it's going to live outside, give it two coats of outdoor primer (including the underside or anywhere it touches the ground) and a couple of coats of glossy paint so it sheds dirt easier.

              I didn't build it, but I painted the one some guys built at our barn. It's holding up beautifully standing outside in snow, ice and sun so far.
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              • #8
                You may wish to think about a few extra construction steps (not actual steps) that enable utilizing the inner space.
                If it's got bottom on it and you hinge one of the stairs you've now got a handy spot to tuck away an extra halter/lead and an extra lunge line/gloves.
                Cheers
                Rev
                Last edited by Rev; Feb. 19, 2009, 12:56 PM. Reason: comprehension. read the original and confused myself!
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                • #9
                  While I don't have written plans, you can probably figure it out from the pictures of my Mounting Platform here: http://good-times.webshots.com/album/564194878ccerQq
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                    Originally posted by Foxtrot's View Post
                    O dpn't know how many times I have wished people would round off the edges of the steps which seem to be asking for a horse to knock himself on the corners.

                    Not a bad idea at all - easily done with a few cut while constucting and a palm sander!!

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                    • #11
                      I don't have any plans either, but wanted to add make sure you take into account the average size horse you'll be mounting and don't make it TOO tall, where I board they made one quite tall and it's extroardinarily awkward to get DOWN onto your horse I think it's a good idea to make the steps wide enough that you could mount from them sideways for a shorter horse, which is what I end up doing. Also, rounding the corners was an excellent suggestion, and you can mix some sand into the paint when you do the stairs and top to add gription (is that even a word?), or just sprinkle some while the last coat of paint is still wet.
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                      • #12
                        don't have the plans, but this was at one of the farms i used to be at. i loved it.

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                          I'm actually making this for my trainer. I've got my horse at her place for some training. She keeps telling me that she has a hell of a time trying to get on him with the 2 step mounting block. He's 17.2 and growing.... She also has a 16.2 hand 3 yr old and has the same problem with getting on her. So this one actually does need to be a little tall, but I completely understand what you're saying about not making it too tall.


                          Originally posted by Mosey_2003 View Post
                          I don't have any plans either, but wanted to add make sure you take into account the average size horse you'll be mounting and don't make it TOO tall, where I board they made one quite tall and it's extroardinarily awkward to get DOWN onto your horse I think it's a good idea to make the steps wide enough that you could mount from them sideways for a shorter horse, which is what I end up doing. Also, rounding the corners was an excellent suggestion, and you can mix some sand into the paint when you do the stairs and top to add gription (is that even a word?), or just sprinkle some while the last coat of paint is still wet.

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