This thread just keeps getting better and better. May have to go make more popcorn.
LOL I thought the same thing because I know some COTH posters get their panties in a wad easily. I also know Fairweather is an excellent horsewoman.
I think that Fairweather is in Ireland and I've seen some Irish bred horses that have come to USA and they did lack manners. Not all that I knew that came over but some. None were OTTB's but the handling, or maybe I should say lack of handling, indicates similar training procedures. Now before any Irish come on and lambast me, one of the best instructors I ever had was Irish so I'm not running down the Irish population honestly.
I think Fairweather actually managed to stump the COTH forum with her question and that rarely ever happens!
Sometimes you have to burn a few bridges to keep the crazies from following you!
OP ... If this is to be outdoors, plan on stainless steel hardware. Anything in a recess will be in standing water for long periods. Corrosion is not your friend, especially when you're depending on hardware in your situation.