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Marsha Cassada

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What closures do your have on your gates? Jim welded a chain to the original gate. The ring can snap onto the cattle panel if we want to keep the gate open.

Sometimes it's a little inconvenient to hook the chain while inside the corral, but it's doable. I've never had a horse that could open a gate hooked this way.

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All my gates have chains, many wrap all the way around the post and back to the gate which has a slot for the chain.

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All my gates have chains, many wrap all the way around the post and back to the gate which has a slot for the chain.

I have those, too, but Rowdy could get them off. I had to put an extra snap on the chain.

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We use chains that wrap all the way around, like Chanda's. But we also use a clip because we have a couple of savvy escape artists who figured out how to unravel the chain!

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Cut off the long posts today and hooked up a new water hose. Officially finished today. Our little rat terrier had trouble crawling under the gate, so I think the corral will be more secure from wild animals than before. On to the next project!

 

Animal enclosures are called different things in different parts of the country. I grew up on the western prairies and animal enclosures are always called corrals. Or sometimes just a "lot".

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It has turned out well Marsha , I also wrap my chains right the way round the post, I also have one Houdini mini :)

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The corral looks great! Today while cleaning the steers yard we had 3 seperate escape attempts! Clover, Homer and Murphy, my big holstein steers hate being locked in the barn while we scrape the yard, so they kept unchaining the gates with their tongues. I got so mad that I put a bolt with nuts and washers on every gate chain to keep them locked in. Snaps, hooks, and clips are no match for these guys so I resorted to bolts. Hopefully, none of them will play with it enough to be able to swallow the hardware, I did tighten with a wrench.

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I have a chain that wraps around and snaps onto itself. On my wooden gate lined with "no climb" I have a slide bolt and then tie it with baling twine around the middle for that "added security" that only baling twine can give. We keep meaning to upgrade to a chain on that gate but never get a round to it.

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My old corral gate had a slide bolt. I had a horse that could open it. I had to put a chain around it. I can see a steer's tongue opening pretty near any fastener if he made up his mind!

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Yay! Our very own hay! Jim shredded the front yard, raked it with his "new" auction rake, and our neighbor has a small baler. We got 17 bales of native grass hay! No fertilizer, no herbicide. It was interesting the watch the baler at work, and Jim learned how to make the adjustments. It's complicated. We can better appreciate now when bales are uniform in length and compactness! He'll know better next time, also, how to rake it up for the baler.

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