You can build your own hitching post/rail for your horse for about 50.00, depending on where you live.
I have wanted to make one of these for as long as I have lived in my house, and I have FINALLY built it!!!
It is a hitching rack, but I use a Blocker tie ring that I have connected to the post, because the post has been set into concrete. So between the blocker tie ring, and the concreted 6″ wide post, it is very safe.
I built this like a rail so I can set my tack, saddles, blankets, etc. on it and have them close by when I am tacking up to ride.
What I used to make this Hitching rail…
- (2) 6″ wide round posts that are 8 feet long
- (3) 2 x 6 x 8′ boards that I cut down to 7′ long
- (1) bag of quick crete concrete mix
- 18v drill
- Rustoleum gloss brown paint and a paint brush
- 3″ decking screws
- wood glue
First we dug the holes for the posts. I measured how far apart I wanted the posts to be, and it ended up being about 6 1/2 apart. We used a post hole digger to make quick work of the dirt. The holes are about 4 feet deep.
Once the holes were dug, I put the posts in and tried to make sure they were about the same height. If I had to do it again, I would have used a level just to make sure it was perfect.
When I was happy with the depth of the holes, and how the posts were sitting, I used a half a bag of the concrete mix and dumped it into each hole. And then I filled the rest of the hole with the dirt that had been removed. I did use a tamper to make sure the dirt was firmly packed around each post.
I waited a day, and then I secured the 2 x 6’s to the posts. It probably isn’t going to do much, but I did add a big glob of wood glue to the posts before securing the 2 x 6 piece of wood with decking screws.
When I put on the front and back pieces, I had my husband help me, because I am not talented enough to try and hold them up on my own.
Once all of the boards were on, I took scraps of the 2 x 6’s and attached them to either end, just to make the hitching rail look more complete.
Then it was time to paint. I made sure to paint all exposed areas of the wood, including the posts. I also did the inside of the the boards too, to make sure any parts that may come into contact with the weather will be protected.
After the paint dried, I attached the blocker tie ring to the post so I can tie up my horses at the post, and I know it is secure, and they will be safe.
The rail part is very handy for setting stuff on, which is the main reason I built it this way, but for saftey reasons, I probably will not be tying my horses to the 2 x 6 section, I know it is sturdy, but if there is one thing I have learned from owning horses is to always expect the unexpected, and if they can find a way to get hurt, they will!
I bought my blocker ring through State Line Tack, I think it cost around $30.00, and it was well worth the investment. I buy a lot of my horse related things from State Line Tack, because they have really good prices and ship quickly too.
I hope you found this useful, and just maybe you will be tempted to make your own tie post. I have been incredibly happy with it, and it makes tacking up so much easier now.
If you would like to see how I did this, I have a video on YouTube that will walk you through the process, so you can see me actually build this hitching rack.