Instructions on building horse shoeing stocks from wood

Updated April 17, 2017

Horse shoeing is a difficult thing, requiring time, effort and several different tools. Shoeing stocks are one of the most important items for it allows for frequent important foot care of the horse while keeping it from tiring while cleaning or shoeing is performed. By giving the horse something to lean on, the danger of accidents to either horse or human is lessened. Making these stocks at home makes them more affordable for the horse owner.

Evaluate where you would like to have your permanent stocks.

Dig 4 holes, each 60 cm (2 feet) deep and spaced at the corners of a 90 cm by 1.65 m (3 foot by 5.5 foot) measured rectangle. Insert the posts, ensuring they stand straight up and down in the holes.

Pour the cement into the holes around the posts until it is level with the ground. Allow to set according to the manufacturer's instructions -- this can take anywhere from 2 to 24 hours.

Nail one of the 1.8 m (6 foot) planks 115 cm (46 inches) up from the ground on the outside of two of the posts spaced 1.65 m (5.5 feet) apart. Repeat this step with the other 1.8 m (6 foot) plank on the outside of the other two posts spaced 1.65 m (5.5 feet) apart.

Nail the 90 cm (3 foot) plank 115 cm (46 inches) up from the ground between the 90 cm (3 foot) spaced posts.

Nail the middle of a 1.8 m (6 foot) length of rope to the middle of each of the 1.8 m (6 foot) planks. These will provide belly and back straps when the horse is placed in the shoeing stocks.

Screw in one screw eye 115 cm (46 inches) up on one of the sleepers, opposite of the 90 cm (3 foot) plank, on the side facing away from the structure. Repeat this with one more screw eye on the other sleeper opposite of the 90 cm (3 foot) plank. Use a length of 1.2 m (4 foot) nylon rope to tie between the screw eyes when the horse is in the stock.


Horses are large, powerful animals. Always be careful when handling them in close quarters.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Measuring tape
  • Mixed cement
  • 5 sleepers, 2.4 m by 15 cm by 15 cm (8 feet by 6 inches by 6 inches)
  • 2 planks, 1.8 m by 5 cm by 10 cm (6 feet by 2 inches by 4 inches)
  • 1 plank, 1.2 m by 5 cm by 10 cm (3 feet by 2 inches by 4 inches)
  • Wood nails, 5 cm (2 inches)
  • Electric drill
  • Large heavy screw eyes
  • 2 thick nylon ropes, 1.8 m (6 feet) each
  • 1 thick nylon rope, 1.2 m (4 feet)
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Based in Kingston, Canada, Samantha Lowe has been writing for publication since 2006. She has written articles for the "Mars' Hill" newspaper and copy for various design projects. Her design and copy for the "Mars' Hill" won the Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker award in 2008. Lowe holds an Honors BA from Trinity Western University, and a MSc in Occupational Therapy from Queen's University where she is currently doing her PhD.