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3 Best Horse Mounting Blocks to Step Up Your Game

Mounting block
Written by Laura V

Good for you & your horse

Horse owners are always looking for ways to keep their horse happy and healthy. Mounting and dismounting from a mounting block is a great way to do just that.

A mounting block is an essential piece of equipment to aid not only horses, but the rider as well. We’re going to take a look at why you should always have a mounting block in your ring and review a few best sellers you may want to check out.

Mounting Blocks: What are they?

A mounting block is typically a set of 2-3 steps that helps a rider mount and dismount. They come in a range of materials, sizes, and price ranges.

Using a mounting block is usually introduced to your horses when they are first being trained. Some horses may not be a huge fan of the block, but most do just fine!

Why should you consider using a mounting block?

You should use a mounting block for a few reasons. First, it relieves a lot of pressure from your horse’s back. Mounting from the ground can put strain on their back and spine.

Using a mounting block can reduce torque placed on your horse’s spine and the pressure on your saddle as you mount.

The same goes for the human back and joints. Mounting from the ground over time can put unnecessary strain on your knees, back, and hips.

Using a mounting block when dismounting is also a great way to reduce the stress put on your joints when hitting the ground.

Our Three Favorite Mounting Blocks

Product Price Point Key Features
High Country 3-Step Mounting Block $$ Comes with a carrying handle for easy transportation and can hold up to 500 lbs.
Horsemens Pride 2-Step Mounting Block $ Made of high density polyethylene making it very strong and durable. Built-in handle for easy lifting and easy to transport.
Sportote 3-Step Mounting Block $$$ Comes with a locked storage compartment built into the top step. Made of high-density polyethylene for strength and durability.

Best Mounting Blocks

High Country 3-Step Mounting Block

This is a great mounting block to accommodate a wide range of people and horses. Made from polyethylene, this option comes with a carrying handle. It is both lightweight and easy to carry around the ring.

mounting block

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  • Lightweight
  • Comes with a storage box
  • Easy to move around


  • Could be too high for smaller ponies and horses
  • May be a bit wobbly due to lightweight material

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Horsemens Pride 2-Step Mounting Block

This two-step block is made from high-density polyethylene making it a strong and durable choice. It comes with a handle for easy lifting and is very lightweight.

This block measures 15” high x 18 ¾” wide with two 10” deep steps.

mounting block

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  • Lightweight making it easy to transport
  • Built-in handle


  • Doesn’t hold as much weight as other blocks
  • May be a bit flimsier than others since it’s made of plastic

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Sportote 3-Step Mounting Block

This is one of the more expensive blocks that we review, but it does come with many useful features. It’s 22” tall, which is quite tall for a 3-step block.

This block is extremely durable and also comes with a locking storage compartment at the top step, which is a great added feature to ensure safety and security at the barn or a show.

extra tall mounting block

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  • Very heavy-duty
  • Great for a rider mounting a large horse


  • May move around/wobble when standing on top
  • Higher in price than other options

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do you mount a horse with a mounting block?

To use a mounting block, either position the horse or the block (whichever is more easily maneuverable) on the left side, close to the stirrup.

You will step up to the appropriate step for the size of your horse. Then, place your left foot in the left stirrup and pull yourself onto the horse.

While you do this you will swing your right leg over and place it into the stirrup. Using a mounting block should make the mounting process much easier for you and your horse!

Q: How do you ride a horse without a mounting block?

If you are mounting a horse from the ground you will stand on their left side. From there you will place your left foot in the stirrup and pull yourself onto the horse, swinging your right leg over and placing it into the right stirrup.

If you are short and your horse is tall, and you don’t have a mounting block, you may opt to use another *sturdy* object.

This could include things like a picnic table, fence, truck bed, or trailer wheel well. Mounting blocks are definitely a preferred, safer option!

Q: How tall is a mounting block?

The height of a mounting block is not set; generally, they range from 2-step to 3-step blocks. Heights may range from 13 to 25 inches, although you can always build your own, in which case measurements could vary drastically.

Q: Is it bad to mount a horse from the ground?

While it’s not bad to mount a horse from the ground occasionally, it can put unnecessary strain on your horses’ spine and sides. It is better to use a mounting block when possible to reduce that strain and avoid possible injuries.

Q: What is the best extra tall mounting block?

If you’re in need of an extra tall mounting block, you should look for a 4-step block.

Since this is quite a bit higher than 2 or 3-steps you may want to consider one made from wood and/or metal, to prevent it from toppling over.

Parting Thoughts

Mounting blocks are a great accessory to add to every riding arena. Relieving strain and possible pain from your horses’ back and joints will be a great investment in the long run.

Your four-legged friend will definitely thank you! With a wide range of prices and materials you’ll be sure to find one that meets all your needs.

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About the author


Laura V

Laura has showed competitively on the A/AA circuit in hunters, jumpers, and equitation, including in major equitation finals like WIHS, ASPCA Maclay Finals, and USEF Hunt Seat Medal Finals. She was also recruited to ride on the Division 1 Equestrian team at the University of South Carolina. While she does not ride anymore, horses are still a big part of her life. She is involved with the NCEA and college riding, and she has worked professionally as a marketer for an online horse care retailer.