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Stall chew guards/strips--aluminum, galvanized steel, or what??

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  • #21
    Originally posted by airhorse View Post
    Go to the metal stud area in your Depot / Lowes and find galvanized angle.
    ^^This!
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    • #22
      We have galvanized steel angle iron. It looks nice, has held up well, and best of all, no chewing.

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      • #23
        Can I piggyback on this post? What gauge angle iron are you using? I'm trying to add it to existing doors, which, despite my best attempts, were not built with enough gaps to allow much metal width. It appears that sheet rock angle iron is 20 ga. but I was under the impression that was too thin. My mini donkeys are EATING my barn, so I need to put a stop to that ASAP, but am trying not to break the bank in the process. Thanks!
        Last edited by Kaytaz86; Nov. 22, 2015, 02:40 PM.

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        • #24
          Be very careful of using the cheaper, thinner metal. If you feel the edges, they are quite sharp. Horse sliced tongue and lip because an edge came up.
          I use the thicker angle iron. Drilled my own holes so could off set the other side. Longer to put up because of hole drilling but no worries ever, about anything.
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          • #25
            Metal Supermarkets are specialty venders with locations in most cities (US and Canada)... they can fab to order out of whatever metal you desire, one piece or thousand

            http://metalsupermarkets.com/store-finder/

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            • #26
              Trails- thanks! That is definitely my concern...just trying to figure out what qualifies as "too thin" in a measurable way that I can describe to a non-horse person.

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              • #27
                Originally posted by Simkie View Post
                Yeah, I figured the same thing about the holes!

                These guys ship for free if you order four or more. Price looks very reasonable, and holes are already drilled. Good option??

                http://www.countrymfgstore.com/blanstchgu.html

                Galvanized, too:

                http://www.countrymfgstore.com/gachguanst.html
                That's a pretty good price. You won't find it cheaper at any hardware or "Home Depot" Plus the added bonus of being pre-drilled. Din't say if the holes were counter sunk so the screw heads are flush with the surface. If not it is easy to do with a countersink bit. Or just use "round head" wood screws.

                The enamel coating looks nice when first installed but will easily get "chewed" off. I think I would rather it be bare metal.

                The galvanized is a bit pricey for the job. Plus the bright color will stick out. Galvanized metal doesn't hold paint very well.

                I use a local metal supply where mental "fabricaters" welders buy their inventory. Can be had in longer lengths and is much cheaper then a "retailer".

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                • #28
                  I'm looking for something to edge my paddock fence top rails, outside, so something that won't rust. I've been using the aluminum corner strips for drywalling, but they are flimsy. A couple of weeks ago, horsey gave the fence a good kick, ripped one of the strips off, and left a sharp edge. And then she decided to rub her butt on the fence ... SLICE. Fortunately it is nearly healed up now. So no, don't use the aluminum strips. But it sounds like the steel stall edges you are quoting here are not for outdoor use?

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                    #29
                    FWIW I ended up buying the Country Manufacturing galvanized strips and I would recommend them (in fact, I'll be buying more). The price was reasonable, shipping was free, and I didn't have time or patience to deal with local fabricators. Galvanized because I was worried about the black powder coating getting nibbled or dented, then rusting (some of my other hardware has done this). I think they look pretty nice even though most of the hardware in my barn is black. They are fairly easy to work with. I used a miter saw to cut them as needed, and a rasp to smooth out the edges a bit (mostly I tried to put the cut edges facing into corners). Just FYI, the holes are not countersunk.

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                    • #30
                      Wow, Libby, those are beautiful. Thanks for letting me know what worked for you.

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                      • #31
                        Originally posted by Libby2563 View Post
                        FWIW I ended up buying the Country Manufacturing galvanized strips and I would recommend them (in fact, I'll be buying more). The price was reasonable, shipping was free, and I didn't have time or patience to deal with local fabricators. Galvanized because I was worried about the black powder coating getting nibbled or dented, then rusting (some of my other hardware has done this). I think they look pretty nice even though most of the hardware in my barn is black. They are fairly easy to work with. I used a miter saw to cut them as needed, and a rasp to smooth out the edges a bit (mostly I tried to put the cut edges facing into corners). Just FYI, the holes are not countersunk.

                        Pictures:
                        https://libby2563.shutterfly.com/pictures/21
                        https://libby2563.shutterfly.com/pictures/20
                        I bought the coated from Country Manufacturing, I love how it turned out and will also be buying more. I am worried about the paint chipping off, that was an after thought. They were very easy to install. Like you we had to cut some so we just filed the edges to make sure they were smooth and painted. I have yet to move my horses so I cannot speak on their durability yet.

                        Our only issue was the screws. We started using normal screws and they were not laying flat because the holes are not counter sunk. I ended up removing them and replacing with rounded screws, much happier with that.

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                        • #32
                          Originally posted by riverrunak View Post

                          I bought the coated from Country Manufacturing, I love how it turned out and will also be buying more. I am worried about the paint chipping off, that was an after thought. They were very easy to install. Like you we had to cut some so we just filed the edges to make sure they were smooth and painted. I have yet to move my horses so I cannot speak on their durability yet.

                          Our only issue was the screws. We started using normal screws and they were not laying flat because the holes are not counter sunk. I ended up removing them and replacing with rounded screws, much happier with that.
                          Thank you for starting this thread. I am having to put this into the stall of a bored 5 year old!
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                          • #33
                            I just moved to the Midwest from Arizona with my horses. I've built 5 stalls in 4 months racing to beat the first major winter storm. I came across this thread a week ago on the last leg of my build trying to figure out how to protect all of the exposed corners, we have chewers. Every step of this build has been engineered with safety and cost in mind. I needed 600 feet of chew guards, all of the horse suppliers are selling guards for around 2.50/ft and up, way too expensive. Box stores and roofing supply companies sell thin edging .032" and thinner either with hemmed edges or not and my horses would destroy them, cut themselves etc. I ended up going with hot rolled 1.5" L angle .125" thick. It came in 20 foot lengths at 17.98 each. These are double the thickness of what horse suppliers are selling and less than one dollar per foot. Total cost for chew guards for my stalls a little over 500 dollars. I did have to cut and drill everything but this was the cheapest and safest route. I hope this helps
                            Last edited by 60107018; Jan. 10, 2020, 01:15 PM.

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                            • #34
                              The cheapest solution? For our racehorses on winter layup, we zip tie a tree branch, or a 2x4 to the front grill. Can't stop them from chewing, so might as well have it concentrated in one spot.

                              And then we joke that we can sell the chewed piece as modern horse art. 🤣🤣🤣
                              What you allow is what will continue.

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                              • #35
                                Originally posted by Simkie View Post

                                Yeah, I figured the same thing about the holes!

                                These guys ship for free if you order four or more. Price looks very reasonable, and holes are already drilled. Good option??

                                http://www.countrymfgstore.com/blanstchgu.html

                                Galvanized, too:

                                http://www.countrymfgstore.com/gachguanst.html
                                These are great!
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                                • #36
                                  Originally posted by mht View Post
                                  The cheapest solution? For our racehorses on winter layup, we zip tie a tree branch, or a 2x4 to the front grill. Can't stop them from chewing, so might as well have it concentrated in one spot.

                                  And then we joke that we can sell the chewed piece as modern horse art. 🤣🤣🤣
                                  OMG, I think I love you -- I have an equine beaver -- aka 5 yo OTTB with a particular penchant for destroying EVERYTHING THAT DOESN'T RUN AWAY. He doesn't have ulcers, he has a buddy to play with, he lives out 24/7, the world just goes in his mouth, sigh. Zip tying a branch is ingenious & I am going to do it this week!

                                  I have tried to come up with a solution for him eating the walls of his shed (plywood) but I haven't been able to find metal that would mount on what I have that won't cut his mouth up. However, my farm has tons of sweet gum trees that are always dropping branches & I have an apocolypse-ready supply of haystring (but I have zip ties too), so this may be the perfect answer for my available $0 budget. Thank you!!!
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