Even my three step mounting block was proving to be a bit short for mounting Tucker who is nearly 17h. I had investigated the few places that sold four step blocks, but they are pretty expensive ($200 +shipping.)
I have seen nice wooden mounting platforms at some stables. I thought it would be a good idea to see if the carpentry shop at school could make me one. But then, I had a brainstorm. I already had the three steps, so all I needed was a platform to stand on one step higher--about 30" up. There was no need to make steps.
I went to school yesterday and spoke to the teacher. He called me at the end of the day to tell me he'd made the platform. I picked it up today and brought it home.
So, for your viewing pleasure, my new mounting block system...horse approved, of course.
Above, the "judging committee arrives on scene."
Now, what excuse do I have for not riding at least a little....aside from the fact that Tucker has now lost both front shoes. He was overdue--I called my shoer over two weeks ago--so I'm not surprised. Chance needs a trim as well, and my knees still hurt.
But at least I should be able to get on without any trouble.