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  1. sher327

    sher327 Senior Member+

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    OK, here goes another stupid question LOL I want to build a hitching post this weekend. There is debate over how high to make the post, we also have horses that are very different in height lol

    What is the standard you build yours? How tall? How big around where you tie? How long if you plan to tie at least 2-3 horses at a time sometimes?

    I want it to be sturdy but at the same time I don't want the rail so big it stinks to tie off on it:wink: My biggest concern is height! Where I boarded they were flimsy and LOW which made it a pain and unsafe so when mine is up I want safe:D
     






  2. lilrider

    lilrider Senior Member+

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    hmmm well I am not sure how high ours is... I think around 4ft tall... and we can tie a couple horses up to it. wow I am just so helpful lol well here is a picture of it at least lol

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  3. Cara

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    If I could design my own hitching post...I'd make it metal and put it really deep in the ground, with cement around the parts that are in the ground (then covered with dirt of course). I would be 3-4 inches in diameter, and be just two poles vertically with a horizontal one inbetween (but welded together), the vertical poles would be pretty high, 6ft tall maybe? and the horizontal one would be about 5 feet long and 4 to 4 1/2 feet off the ground.

    You said you were making one this weekend, so I assume it will just be out of wood and such like that...I'm not really sure about that... But good luck!
     
  4. MelissaH

    MelissaH Senior Member+

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    I just ask a similar question but with a wash rack.:) The barn place we bought it from said typical is 42-48" depending on what you want. I settled at 44" from the concrete floor. So 4" short of 4'.

    My trainer has a washrack and also uses it as a hitching post. I had forgotten but everytime I take Dubie, he's hitches to the side of the rack. They don't even wash their horses in it. They tie them off to the side. How funny.

    So that should give you an idea.:)
     
  5. sher327

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    thanks guys, if the weather holds off we will at least get the hles dug today, hopefully completed today. Tom ran into town to get supplies so hopefully we'll beat the storms!
     
  6. LVHorses

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    Can one make a single post hitching post? Pictures? I want to put one in front of house and one in back. How about a single post with tie ring attached?

    Such as a 4x4 in cement? Or 6x6?

    And how high should post be? And how high to put tie ring?
     
  7. ICanICan123

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    No pictures of the one we built a few years back, but it's about chest high and at least 8 feet long. We can comfortably tie 2-3 horses on each side with space in between them.
     
  8. Allkian

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    I don't use a hitching rail (i.e. two vertical posts with a horizontal post on top) because they would have to be too darn tall for my horses.

    Here's what I put in. 8' tall posts that we put 2 1/2 to 3 feet in the ground. Since we have hard pan, we didn't use cement-- the soil is HARDER than cement, but if you've got any sandy/loamy soil, I'd put it in some concrete. :)

    Here's a picture of one in action. We put a screw-eye in and attached a blocker-tie ring. I would suggest getting one of these to lessen any resistance (i.e. horse pulling back) OR put the pole in a bit deeper OR get a thicker pole. We got an 8x6 pole.
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    I much prefer a single post vs. a hitching rail (3 post setup). These are awesome and I've had a 1500 lb. draft-x pull back without any issue even AFTER she rapped herself around the pole a few times.
     
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  9. LVHorses

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    Thanks for the pictures! That's what I want to do exactly
     
  10. Saddle1022

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    I agree, I actually do like the single upright post rather than a bar across. Looks like I am going to be digging a very deep hole today!!
     






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