Cattle Guards and Horses – a warning from Barn World

Cattle Guards and Horses

Lately we’ve been receiving a lot of calls for cattle guard quotes from horse owners looking to contain their equine. I wanted to give a quick review of why they’re not recommended for use with horses and why a traditional livestock gate is your safest alternative.

Cattle Guards vs. Gates

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Dangers of cattle guards

Although cattle guards are very popular and provide the ultimate ease of access to all your pastures, they can also be very dangerous when used with horses. Horses typically have a more slender hoof and leg than cattle and this physical difference can allow a horse’s hoof to slip between the cattle guard rails and slide all the way down to the bottom of the vaulted area. It’s slender hoof can also easily slip off the rail and damage its ‘ankle’.

This exposes one of the weakest parts of their leg directly to the cattle guard rail itself and once in this position, the scared animal’s flight instincts kick in and it will struggle to free itself. During the attempt to flee its precarious position, it can easily break its leg and put its own life in jeopardy. It is an extremely difficult thing to see and and its extremely difficult to even assist the horse in freeing itself.  A horse with its leg stuck in a cattle guard is not something that you ever want to have happen to your equine.

The safest and only viable alternative to a cattle guard for horses is a standard gate. It may be less convenient than driving over a cattle guard, but it is certainly safer than exposing your horse to a possible broken leg.

As a quick side note: There are other hoofed animals they can easily cross the barrier. Goats, sheep and other sure-footed livestock that are very nimble can quickly learn how to get across the curved rails. Of course animals with pads, such as cats and dogs can also learn to tip-toe across the rails and escape to freedom!

Help with cattle guards

If you’re considering using a cattle guard where horses are present, we would suggest that you use a traditional farm gate or livestock gate and realize the inconvenience of operating the gate is well worth offsetting the risk of injury to your horse.

Livestock Gate review:

 

If you have any questions or if we at Barn World Livestock Supplies can help with your cattle guard decisions, please let us know and we’ll be more than happy to help.

 

Barn World cattle guard post: The highest quality cattle guards and a large selection of cattle guards

Barn World has a large selection of cattle guards for all of your livestock guard needs.  They may be called by various names (Texas gates, animal guards, cattle grids, cow guards etc.) but they all are the same great idea.  Barn World has a cattle guard for every need.

Visit Cattle-Guards.com for a great informational cattle guard website.

Rated Cattle Guards

An HS20 and HS25 rated cattle guards are designed for highway use and certifed to meet the specifications needed for State and Federal requirements such as DOT, BLM, USFS, NP, and US Military installations. They will provide years of rugged service in commercial applications such as mining, forestry, agriculture, and petroleum production. They are also the product of choice for residential usage where city, county, or state regulations require the HS20 rating.Certified structural steel is used in the manufacture of all Barnworld HS20 rated Cattle Guards.

Standard Cattle Guards

Barn World also carries a less expensive option for private use such as washouts and driveways.  The Standard 6’and 8′ wide cattle guards are made of NEW 3″ Schedule 40 steel. All Flat Cattle Guards may be ordered with optional wings, integral box, or removable box.

The ATV cattle guards are unique in the industry. These cattle guards are suitable for all types of projects on private land. The standard boxed cattle guards are perfectly suited to construction sites, mine sites and oil field applications.

Spec Cattle Guards

Our 7.5′ and 8′ spec cattle guards meet current AASHTO load ratings and are suitable for all types of applications where a square pipe is desired including heavy duty logging roads. They may be ordered with optional wings or cleanout line.

All cattle guards may be fitted with plow strips that allow plows to cross over the guard with minimal interference and wear.

All cattle guards may be outfitted with a removable box for easier cleaning as an option.

Cattle Guard with a removable box

Barn World has a cattle guard to meet your needs. Please call us (720) 238-2190 with your questions and to obtain shipping quotes. We can also provide professional bid packages for large company, military, and government programs and carry a large selection for all of your livestock equipment needs.

Barn World’s cattle guard selection offers the highest quality in a cattle guard

Barn World has a large selection of cattle guards for all of your livestock guard needs.  They may be called by various names (Texas gates, animal guards, cattle grids, cow guards etc.) but they all are the same great idea.  Barn World has a cattle guard for every need.

Visit Cattle-Guards.com for a great informational cattle guard website.

Rated Cattle Guards

An HS20 and HS25 rated cattle guards are designed for highway use and certifed to meet the specifications needed for State and Federal requirements such as DOT, BLM, USFS, NP, and US Military installations. They will provide years of rugged service in commercial applications such as mining, forestry, agriculture, and petroleum production. They are also the product of choice for residential usage where city, county, or state regulations require the HS20 rating.Certified structural steel is used in the manufacture of all Barnworld HS20 rated Cattle Guards.

Standard Cattle Guards

Barn World also carries a less expensive option for private use such as washouts and driveways.  The Standard 6’and 8′ wide cattle guards are made of NEW 3″ Schedule 40 steel. All Flat Cattle Guards may be ordered with optional wings, integral box, or removable box.

The ATV cattle guards are unique in the industry. These cattle guards are suitable for all types of projects on private land. The standard boxed cattle guards are perfectly suited to construction sites, mine sites and oil field applications.

Spec Cattle Guards

Our 7.5′ and 8′ spec cattle guards meet current AASHTO load ratings and are suitable for all types of applications where a square pipe is desired including heavy duty logging roads. They may be ordered with optional wings or cleanout line.

All cattle guards may be fitted with plow strips that allow plows to cross over the guard with minimal interference and wear.

All cattle guards may be outfitted with a removable box for easier cleaning as an option.

Cattle Guard with a removable box

Barn World has a cattle guard to meet your needs. Please call us (720) 238-2190 with your questions and to obtain shipping quotes. We can also provide professional bid packages for large company, military, and government programs and carry a large selection for all of your livestock equipment needs.

Barn World cattle guards – a huge selection of cattle guards at great prices!

Barnworld’s HS20 & HS25 Rated Cattle Guards meet the demanding specifications needed for State and Federal requirements such as DOT, BLM, USFS, NP, and US Military installations. They will provide years of rugged service in commercial applications such as mining, forestry, agriculture, and petroleum production. They are also the product of choice for residential usage where city, county, or state regulations require the HS20 rating. Certified structural steel is used in the manufacture of all Barnworld HS20 rated Cattle Guards.

Please call for quotes on sizes or ratings not listed below

  • For a shipping quote, please send an email with your destination zip code and quantity. We will email the shipping quote to the email address you provide. Or feel free to call the telephone number at the bottom of this page for a shipping quote or any other questions you may have about our cattle guards.
  • When ordering cattle guards you will pay for the order without the shipping and we will collect the exact shipping cost with a second charge to the credit card used for the order.
  • IMPORTANT: You must have equipment available to unload the cattle guard from the delivery vehicle when it arrives. The delivery truck will require you to unload the cattle guard with a loader or fork lift or some other means upon delivery.
    BarnWorld 10` x 6` HS20 Rated Boxed Cattle Guard Item #: HS20-CG-10-6-B $2,080.65
    BarnWorld 10` x 6` HS20 Rated Flat Cattle Guard Item #: HS20-CG-10-6 $1,927.27
    BarnWorld 12` x 6` HS20 Rated Boxed Cattle Guard Item #: HS20-CG-12-6-B $2,179.35
    BarnWorld 12` x 6` HS20 Rated Flat Cattle Guard Item #: HS20-CG-12-6 $2,035.60
    BarnWorld 12` x 8` HS20 Rated Boxed Cattle Guard Item #: HS20-CG-12-8-B $2,256.80
    BarnWorld 12` x 8` HS20 Rated Flat Cattle Guard Item #: HS20-CG-12-8 $2,498.45
    BarnWorld 14` x 6` HS20 Rated Boxed Cattle Guard Item #: HS20-CG-14-6-B $2,580.81
    BarnWorld 14` x 6` HS20 Rated Flat Cattle Guard Item #: HS20-CG-14-6 $2,320.73
    BarnWorld 14` x 8` HS20 Rated Flat Cattle Guard Item #: HS20-CG-14-8 $2,697.88
    BarnWorld 15` x 6` HS20 Rated Boxed Cattle Guard Item #: S186578 $2,548.21
    BarnWorld 16` x 6` HS20 Rated Boxed Cattle Guard Item #: HS20-CG-16-6-B $2,734.19
    BarnWorld 16` x 6` HS20 Rated Flat Cattle Guard Item #: HS20-CG-16-6 $2,480.78
    BarnWorld 16` x 8` HS20 Rated Boxed Cattle Guard Item #: HS20-CG-16-8-B $3,362.38
    BarnWorld 16` x 8` HS20 Rated Flat Cattle Guard Item #: HS20-CG-16-8 $3,100.97
    BarnWorld 18` x 8` HS20 Rated Boxed Cattle Guard WITH Plow Strips Item #: HS20-CG-18-8-B $3,808.10
    BarnWorld 20` x 6` HS20 Rated Boxed Cattle Guard Item #: HS20-CG-20-6-B $3,235.68
    BarnWorld 20` x 6` HS20 Rated Flat Cattle Guard Item #: HS20-CG-20-6 $2,900.91
    BarnWorld 20` x 8` HS20 Rated Boxed Cattle Guard Item #: HS20-CG-20-8-B $3,999.92
    BarnWorld 20` X 8` HS20 Rated Flat Cattle Guard Item #: HS20-CG-20-8 $3,699.82
    BarnWorld 30` x 6` HS20 Rated Boxed Cattle Guard bolt together option Item #: S186578 $5,248.00
    HS25 10` x 6` HS25 Rated Flat Cattle Guard with plow strips Item #: 10x6HS25 $2,706.00
  • There’s a huge selection of cattle guards at Barn World!

    Barn World has a large selection of cattle guards for all of your livestock guard needs.  They may be called by various names (Texas gates, animal guards, cattle grids, cow guards etc.) but they all are the same great idea.  Barn World has a cattle guard for every need.

    Visit Cattle-Guards.com for a great informational cattle guard website.

    Rated Cattle Guards

    An HS20 and HS25 rated cattle guards are designed for highway use and certifed to meet the specifications needed for State and Federal requirements such as DOT, BLM, USFS, NP, and US Military installations. They will provide years of rugged service in commercial applications such as mining, forestry, agriculture, and petroleum production. They are also the product of choice for residential usage where city, county, or state regulations require the HS20 rating.Certified structural steel is used in the manufacture of all Barnworld HS20 rated Cattle Guards.

    Standard Cattle Guards

    Barn World also carries a less expensive option for private use such as washouts and driveways.  The Standard 6’and 8′ wide cattle guards are made of NEW 3″ Schedule 40 steel. All Flat Cattle Guards may be ordered with optional wings, integral box, or removable box.

    The ATV cattle guards are unique in the industry. These cattle guards are suitable for all types of projects on private land. The standard boxed cattle guards are perfectly suited to construction sites, mine sites and oil field applications.

    Spec Cattle Guards

    Our 7.5′ and 8′ spec cattle guards meet current AASHTO load ratings and are suitable for all types of applications where a square pipe is desired including heavy duty logging roads. They may be ordered with optional wings or cleanout line.

    All cattle guards may be fitted with plow strips that allow plows to cross over the guard with minimal interference and wear.

    All cattle guards may be outfitted with a removable box for easier cleaning as an option.

    Cattle Guard with a removable box

    Barn World has a cattle guard to meet your needs. Please call us (720) 238-2190 with your questions and to obtain shipping quotes. We can also provide professional bid packages for large company, military, and government programs and carry a large selection for all of your livestock equipment needs.

    Cattle Guards: Find a huge selection at Barn World

    Barn World has a large selection of cattle guards for all of your livestock guard needs.  They may be called by various names (Texas gates, animal guards, cattle grids, cow guards etc.) but they all are the same great idea.  Barn World has a cattle guard for every need.

    Rated Cattle Guards

    An HS20 and HS25 rated cattle guards are designed for highway use and certifed to meet the specifications needed for State and Federal requirements such as DOT, BLM, USFS, NP, and US Military installations. They will provide years of rugged service in commercial applications such as mining, forestry, agriculture, and petroleum production. They are also the product of choice for residential usage where city, county, or state regulations require the HS20 rating.Certified structural steel is used in the manufacture of all Barnworld HS20 rated Cattle Guards.

    Standard Cattle Guards

    Barn World also carries a less expensive option for private use such as washouts and driveways.  The Standard 6’and 8′ wide cattle guards are made of NEW 3″ Schedule 40 steel. All Flat Cattle Guards may be ordered with optional wings, integral box, or removable box.

    The ATV cattle guards are unique in the industry. These cattle guards are suitable for all types of projects on private land. The standard boxed cattle guards are perfectly suited to construction sites, mine sites and oil field applications.

    Spec Cattle Guards

    Our 7.5′ and 8′ spec cattle guards meet current AASHTO load ratings and are suitable for all types of applications where a square pipe is desired including heavy duty logging roads. They may be ordered with optional wings or cleanout line.

    All cattle guards may be fitted with plow strips that allow plows to cross over the guard with minimal interference and wear.

    All cattle guards may be outfitted with a removable box for easier cleaning as an option.

    Cattle Guard with a removable box

    Barn World has a cattle guard to meet your needs. Please call us (720) 238-2190 with your questions and to obtain shipping quotes. We can also provide professional bid packages for large company, military, and government programs and carry a large selection for all of your livestock equipmentneeds.

    Barn World Standard Cattle Guards are Schedule 40 Steel

    Barn World carries a large selection of cattle guards for all of your livestock guards needs.

    Rated Cattle Guards

    Our HS20, HS25 rated cattle guards are designed for highway use and certifed to meet the demanding specifications needed for State and Federal requirements such as DOT, BLM, USFS, NP, and US Military installations. They will provide years of rugged service in commercial applications such as mining, forestry, agriculture, and petroleum production. They are also the product of choice for residential usage where city, county, or state regulations require the HS20 rating. Certified structural steel is used in the manufacture of all Barnworld HS20 rated Cattle Guards.

    Standard Cattle Guards

    Barn World also carries a less expensive option for private use such as washouts and driveways.  The Standard 6’and 8′ wide cattle guards are made of NEW 3″ Schedule 40 steel. All Flat Cattle Guards may be ordered with optional wings, integral box, or removable box. The ATV guards are unique in the industry. These cattle guards are suitable for all types of projects on private land. The standard boxed cattle guards are perfectly suited to construction sites, mine sites and oil field applications.

    Spec Cattle Guards

    Our 7.5′ and 8′ spec cattle guards meet current AASHTO load ratings and are suitable for all types of applications where a square pipe is desired including heavy duty logging roads. They may be ordered with optional wings or cleanout line.

    All cattle guards may be fitted with plow strips that allow plows to cross over the guard with minimal interference and wear.

    All cattle guards may be outfitted with a removable box for easier cleaning as an option.

    Cattle Guard with a removable box

    Barn World has a cattle guard to meet your needs. Please call us (720) 238-2190 with your questions and to obtain shipping quotes. We can also provide professional bid packages for large company, military, and government programs.