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  • Gates

    There is a gate pictured on Eventing Nation. It's lovely; rounded corners, either mesh or expanded metal and it's a field gate. Said to be hurricane proof. The post is very much an ad for design services, so the manufacturer/seller of the gate is not named.

    I'm looking for pasture gates that are horse safe. In the summer the center pivot walks through the pasture, so gates are essential and there are LOTs of them. You'd be surprised how many wheels a 1/2 mile center pivot has.

    I'm wondering if a filled in gate is as strong as one that is just made of tubes and is safer. I worry about a horse getting a leg caught in between tubes.

    Suggestions or links where I can go to search farm gates. I've had very little luck with an Ixquick search. There are multiple thousands of results. I'd prefer US made if possible.
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  • #2
    you can get 'wire-filled' gates in various sizes at tractor supply
    Nothing says "I love you" like a tractor. (Clydejumper)

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    • #3
      Found it.

      This is NOT available at Tractor Supply



      • #4
        That gate might be from here: http://www.farmandequine.com/gates.shtml

        Or perhaps here: http://www.swpowerfence.com/livecat10.htm

        Here is another similar one: http://www.noblepanels.com/gates.htm

        Googling for "safe horse gates" seems to turn up a variety of options for me...


        • Original Poster

          That's it. It's perfect but very, very expensive. I wonder if someone else makes them at a lower price point. I really don't need custom made gates, as the sizes would be standard.

          Thanks, Simkie. I posted before reading yours.
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          • #6
            Help me out Viney, what's a center pivot?


            • #7
              Irrigation wheels


              I actually had someone ask me on a plane why the crops were in circles, so I answered. And they asked with a very straight face...OH, is that where they make the big round hay bales? Does it help if the field is round, too????


              • #8
                You can also buy a standard gate and tack weld screen on to it to make the same thing.


                • #9
                  Wow, just saw the prices at Lucas Equine! I have mesh filled gates, made by Behlen, I believe. They've done well enough for us, but certainly not hurricane proof...SO plowing snow into one managed to warp it a bit. These have the rounded corners, although I prefer square for safety (can't get a leg caught if the square corners fill the gap). Just what is available at the local farm store.

                  There is a local outfit that builds gates, panels, and shelters and can make them heavy duty. More expensive than Behlen, but not as much as Lucas! I don't know if they distribute nationally...they might...but if not, maybe there is a similar maker closer to you. The one here is Noble http://www.noblepanels.com/gates.htm.


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by katarine View Post
                    I actually had someone ask me on a plane why the crops were in circles, so I answered. And they asked with a very straight face...OH, is that where they make the big round hay bales? Does it help if the field is round, too????
                    I had a friend who thought farmers grew crops in circles just to be artistic...


                    • #11
                      Frey Brothers in PA is significantly cheaper.


                      • #12
                        I've had a couple of mesh covered gates and they do not have sufficient cross members to keep from bowing in the center when horses lean and press on them. Both buckled/bowed in the center and the bottom members bent downward where horses steped on them.

                        On the other hand I've seen many, many pipe style gates at horse farms and they are safe as long as they aren't used in small/crowded places. I've seen them used for stalls or stall fronts and this is a very bad idea. But a good, heavy gauge, galvanized pipe gate is the most cost efficient, long term ,safe gate to use for horse fence gates. It pays in the long run to get the heavier gauge, bigger pipe diameter, galvanized gates. More crossmembers makes a stronger gate and welded in pipe uprights make a huge strength difference.

                        http://www.fleenorgates.com/GalvanizedGates.html excellent gates and panels.


                        • #13
                          When they want 700 bucks for a light duty gate, I laugh and run away! You gotta be kidding me...


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by chicamuxen1 View Post
                            I've had a couple of mesh covered gates and they do not have sufficient cross members to keep from bowing in the center when horses lean and press on them. Both buckled/bowed in the center and the bottom members bent downward where horses steped on them.
                            Wholeheartedly agree!

                            However, I think the best of both worlds are 3 horizontal tubes on the top half and expanded metal on the bottom half. Keeps the horse from putting their foot through the gate as they are pawing waiting to go in the barn. I bought from


                            • #15
                              In California, we have lots of little companies that make pipe panels and gates. If they make their own, you can ask for a powder coat finish instead of galvanized. This is where I'd go if I wanted one:


                              I suspect any company that makes metal gates could make them for you. In fact, I had a local welding shop make a stair railing very like that out of the heavy mesh panels, then powder coat, for my staircase.
                              If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats. - Lemony Snicket


                              • #16
                                We have these gates on our paddocks. My gelding used to stand on the lower rail, until we turned the gate around, and didn't bend it. I've been very happy with them, if he has a normal pipe gate then he stands on them constantly. Drives me nuts.

                                My blog: Crackerdog Farm


                                • #17
                                  I have a couple of the Behlen mesh gates as well. You want to buy the heavier duty line, but they do hold up. My biggest complaint is that their coating process is inferior and the paint will flake and the gates will rust.
                                  If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats. - Lemony Snicket


                                  • #18
                                    I have mine from here....and they are pretty nice and not overly expensive. Mine are the bottom one on this page. They are mesh and very sturdy.

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