Choosing a saddle pad – get a great 5 Star pad at Barn World



Barn World offers 5 Star Saddle Pads

5 Star saddle pads made from 100% wool are a two piece construction to ensure the best contour to your horse’s back as quickly as possible.  There is no breaking-in period, these saddle pads are comfortable and effective from day one.

Eliminating spinal pressure on your horse or mule is the benefit of the two piece design.  It provides a great fit for you saddle without compensating with over-cinching.  Your horse or mule will love this unique feature and you’ll notice the attention to detail as each saddle pad is handmade to order.


Types of Saddle Pads:

There are a lot of different riding disciplines out there and selecting the proper saddle pad for your type of riding is important for the best in fit and performance.

Western Contoured Saddle Pad

Made right here in the USA, these and all 5 Star saddle pads are 100% wool.  You may choose from as thin as 1/2″ to the very thick 1-1/8″ pad.  Every pad is made in all four colors and offer a choice of embroidery and standard leathers in four different colors.

western saddle pads made from wool
Western Contoured Saddle Pad

Mule Saddle Pads

Fitted for a mule, jack and donkey’s back line, these 100% wool saddle pads are made for flatter backs, withers and the thick shoulders of these animals.  They also come in all four colors, offer embroidering and your choice of four different colors of standard leathers.

saddle pad for mule
Mule Saddle Pad

Barrel Racing Saddle Pads

If high performance is at a premium, a barrel racing saddle pad is a great fit.   It will keep your horse comfortable while performing at maximum effort and won’t let your saddle slip around on you as you go.  You may specify if you’d like the corner rounded on the front, back or both to fit your personal preference.  Four different colors of standard leather, embroidery options and four colors of saddle pad are also available to you on all saddle pads.

barrel racing saddle pad with brown leather
Barrel Racing Saddle Pad

English Saddle Pads

The English saddle pads provide the greatest comfort possible for both horse and rider when riding English.  They’re available for hunter/jumpers, dressage and all purpose riding as well.

english saddle pad
English Saddle Pad

At Barn World, we have a large selection of saddle pads, cinches and breast collars.  Barn World is much more then livestock equipment!  Please visit or call (720) 238-2190 to help with all of your tack and livestock supplies.


Mineral Feeders: keep your animals healthy year round with supplements

During this time of year, it’s important to keep your animals well nourished to keep them healthy.  Barn World has a huge choice of mineral feeders for all types of livestock.  Make sure your animals are healthy with a Barn World mineral feeder.


  • Ground Style Mineral Feeder

    This feeder is the largest and heaviest in the business. It’s not uprising then that it’s also the most durable and easily used by horses and horned cattle alike. It has a 3/8” heavy duty 41” flap that covers and protects the solid minerals and supplements beneath. The feeder base itself is 38” wide, 15” tall and weighs 53 lbs!  It comes with three compartments that carry 200 pounds of salt, mineral or other solid supplements.

Ground Mineral Feeder with large flap

  • Upright Mineral Feeders

    The large feeder rotates 360 degrees to protect your expensive supplements from the wind and weather. It sits on a wide and sturdy 48” square tubular base made with 2” – 16 gauge steel tubing. The steel is rated at 50,000 psi for incredible strength to provide long-lasting stability. The top lip of the feeder is 23” above the ground to allow calves and smaller animals easy access. The hood opening is beveled and is 28” x 24” so even the biggest cattle can easily get their nourishment. This feeder weighs 73 pounds and is available with an optional face fly kit in either canvas or hanging string designs.

upright mineral feeder for cattle and livestock

  • Mineral Feeder Wind Vane

    This unique mineral feeder is a free standing feeder that holds a polyethylene tub. It’s approximately 3′ tall and has 3′ legs to allow a full rotation to protect it’s contents from the wind and weather. The rubber tub holds up to 100 pounds of mineral bulk.

Mineral Feeder with a Wind Vane Hood on top for cattle and livestock

  • Lick Tank Feeder

    This large, 280 gallon liquid mineral feeder includes two lick wheels and mounting brackets. It’s made with thick and sturdy plastic and is designed with integral ribs for support throughout. It’s incredibly tough and built to be out in the pasture year-round with the largest bulls. The polyethylene construction means it stands up to abuse and will not rust, corrode or rot.

livestock lick tank mineral feeder

Make sure your livestock are getting the supplements and nourishment that they need all year long with a mineral feeder.

Visit or call (720) 238-2190 for all your livestock equipment needs.


Cattle Guard Overview

Cattle Guard Overview from Barn World

Choosing a cattle guard for your project doesn’t have to be overwhelming and we’re here to help.  Here is a quick review of the subtle and not-so-subtle differences between cattle guard offerings. There are two common types of cattle guards:  Boxed and Flat.  Each has its’ own installation requirements as detailed in our installation post.

Boxed-style cattle guards are built to lay on flat ground.  A steel frame is welded all the way around the perimeter to prevent dirt and debris from migrating their way underneath.  It is not to support the guard but is there just to keep the dirt out.

The boxed cattle guard will rest directly on its C-channel beams.  To help with drainage, a gravel underlayment is recommended. These types of cattle guards are very popular with semi-temporary installations such as construction sites or limited access areas.  They are also used as wheel wash-outs for trucks entering public roadways. They are designed to mount to a foundation over a vault and are used in permanent installations and public roadways.

Please read the post on installing flat cattle guards or visit our informational website for more information on the footing and foundation requirements. Flat cattle guards will rest entirely on the footings and pour a concrete foundation.  The weight of the crossing traffic is transferred from the pipes to the structural beams, to the footings, and then to the ground.  It is important that each footing is supporting the length of the beams for proper weight transfer.

Common points: Both flat and boxed cattle guards have the same strong values.  The boxed merely has a steel skirt welded to it and rests on the ground rather than having permanent footings to rest on. Cattle guards are usually made with 4-1/2” OD pipe and will use 9 pieces to cross the beams or they may be built using 3-1/2” OD pipe and 11 total pieces.  The spacing between the pipes is nearly 4” on average and the total height from the top of the pipe to the bottom of the support beams is nearly 12”.

The cattle guards usually come in gray enamel, but other colors are available on request.  The most popular request is for safety yellow as it is sometimes required for government projects and construction sites. Flat cattle guards weigh approximately 100 lbs. / linear foot – so for example, a 10’ cattle guard will weigh about 1,000 pounds.  If the guard is boxed, a good rule of thumb is to add 10 pounds per foot.

If wings are added as an option, estimate 100 lbs for each wing, or 200 lbs total.

Using Cattle Guard with other Animals

Deer:   Cattle guards can be effective with other animals other than cattle. One of the most common requests is for deer.  Unfortunately, deer are very athletic animals and are fantastic jumpers.  An 8’ guard (in the direction of vehicle travel) will not stop or deter a deer from jumping it.  The best arrangement to keep deer out is to set two 8’ cattle guards side-by-side to create a barrier of 16’ in the direction of travel.  Cattle guards are easily bolted together.

Our experience has been that most deer will not venture over the guards that provide 16’ or more of ‘discouragement’. They are easily bolted together to provide extra distance in the direction of travel and a visual deterrent to jumping

Goats and horses: Although they are commonly used with horses, we do not recommend them for horses. They do provide the same effective barrier as with cattle, but because a horse hoof is more slender than a cow’s, they have the potential to slide between the 4” spacing of the top rails and become trapped.  As a ‘flight animal’, they will struggle to get out and can unintendedly break their own leg in the attempt.

A cattle guard will almost always deter a horse, but on the off chance it decides to try and cross, it can expose it’s fragile leg to breaking during the struggle to escape. We do not want to see anyone’s animal put down because they got stuck in a cattle guard and would instead recommend a gate.

Goats on the other hand are very sure-footed animals that can walk right over a cattle guard without thinking twice. Dogs are also pretty adept at crossing.

Taking Delivery of a Cattle Guard

Please remember these very large items are very heavy.  When they ship, they are usually on a boxed semi-truck or a flatbed trailer.  The trucks cannot unload them at the point of delivery.  It is therefore important for the customer to have equipment capable of unloading these large steel structures.

In some cases, it’s possible to drag the cattle guard out of the trailer, lower one end to the ground then the other.  The unloading equipment does not necessarily have to be able to lift the entire guard all at once.  It’s safer to lower one end to the ground so the rig does not come unstable and endanger anyone on the ground.

We hope this brief overview is helpful and if you have any questions at all, please let us know.

For more information on cattle guards, please call (720) 238-2190, email or visit today!


Barn World carries ATV cattle guards – now a cattle guard for all your fence line crossings!

There is a large variety of livestock equipment and cattle guards at Barn World and now we have cattle guards for ATV’s.  When you’re out between pastures or along the fence line, nothing is more convenient that an ATV cattle guard.

Designed for easy installation, there’s no hole to dig, just cut your fence and lay the cattle guard on the ground.  It’s that easy.  The gentle rise in the texas gate is easy for a 4-wheeler to cross but keeps your livestock in.  This is an easy and convenient piece of livestock equipment to install and use.

Cattle Guard for ATV
  • 1- 1/2″ x  11 ga tubing square
  • 14″ tall ramp
  • 91″ long and 72″ wide
  • The width including the attached wings is 87″
  • Grey enamel finish
We have also customized these guards for use with rural golf carts and courses and it can be modified to accommodate almost any vehicle you need to cross a fence line.

Cattle Guards for ATV

Call Barn World today for more information or a shipping quote on this unique cattle guard and don’t forget that Barn World has a large selection of cattle guards for highways, construction use and private drives for you to choose from.

Barn World –  more than just farm and ranch supplies and livestock equipment!

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How to install a cattle guard

installing a cattle guard with wings

There are two common types of cattle guards and two different means of installing them.  The type of guard will determine the type of installation.

Boxed Cattle Guard Installation

cattle guard with a box for ground installation

The most basic installation is utilized when installing a boxed cattle guard.  These are designed to lay flat on the ground and do not require footings or a vault.  The box is welded directly to the cattle guard and is only used to keep the dirt from filling in underneath. The surface should be prepared to be as flat as possible to limit any tendency for the cattle grid to move from traffic crossing over it. They may also be temporarily anchored to the ground to help prevent sliding around.  Boxed cattle guards work best on solid soils and once in place, dirt is piled up on either side to form a ramp for vehicles to cross over.

Boxed cattle guards are most commonly used in semi-temporary installations such as construction sites, well drilling, mining, and truck wash-outs before entering a public roadway.  To remove any debris that may build up under the guard, it is typically dragged from its spot a short distance and then returned.

A boxed cattle guard has the same strength and durability as a flat cattle guard and may be moved from job site to job site.

Flat Cattle Guard Installation

cattle guard resting on concrete foundations

Flat top rail design requires footings and a vault to be installed properly.  A permanent installation requires a full concrete vault made up of 6″ walls around the perimeter.  These walls hold the dirt out of the space under the guard, while footers provide support to disperse the weight of the crossing vehicles.

Concrete footers are poured inside the vault and provide support for the beams to rest on.  Consult with your local contractor to determine your actual support needs based on local soil conditions, but generally, the footers should be 12 inches in width and 18 inches deep to support each beam of the cattle guard.   The footers must be positioned to support the cattle guard and can disperse the full weight of the crossing traffic.

The depth of the finished vault should be approximately one foot deep.  If it’s any deeper, animals may be injured if they attempt to cross and fall through the guard.  Each cattle guard installation is unique and should take into consideration the local soil composition and drainage issues.  The footers are not optional with a flat cattle guard installation and must rest on a solid foundation to support the beams of the cattle guard to ensure decades of use.

Most installations do not require any sort of active draining system but instead rely on crushed rock and porous soil in the bottom of the vault to create a French drain.  If the drainage in your area is particularly poor, you may install a PVC pipe to assist in removing any water that does not drain out of the bottom of the vault.

Flat cattle guards set properly on a concrete foundation may be placed over small streams or creeks of running water, much like a bridge.  A culvert can be placed below the level of the road and then the footers are poured under the beams of the cattle guard to embed the culvert.  A 6″ thick wall is then poured around the vault to keep the dirt back. When traffic crosses the cattle guard, the weight is transferred from the rails to the c-channel beams underneath and then onto the footers.

The flat cattle guard is the least expensive and the vault is fairly easy to construct.

For more information on cattle guards, please call (720) 238-2190 or visit Barn World online at  Barn World, more than just farm & ranch supplies, we have a large selection of livestock supplies and horse and rider supplies as well.


Cattle Guards can be an effective livestock barrier

Barn World now carries a ‘basic class’ of cattle guard for private farm and ranch use.  They provide the same strength and longevity as an American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) rated guard, but without the cost.

different cattle guard styles

The basic class was designed with the private drive and rancher in mind.  Allowing for easy access to your property while eliminating the need for gates, these cattle guards give open access to your land and keep the livestock where they belong.  It’s built from heavy duty structural .188 (3/16″) walled pipe with a diameter of 3.5″ or 4.5″ depending on availability or request.  Note that the walls of the basic guards are thicker then schedule 40 ensuring years of durability and strength.

These cattle grids or are capped on the end to prevent any rusting and are also offered with wings, flat or boxed if so desired.  There is no difference in strength between the boxed cattle guard and the flat cattle guards.

All of our cattle guards weigh about 100 lbs. per foot (a 10′ cattle guard weighs about 1,000 Lbs.) and when boxed, add approximately 8 lbs. per foot for boxed cattle guards.  Cattle guard wings add approximately 200 lbs. total.

For use with deer, it will be necessary to increase the distance in the direction of travel.  Deer are terrific jumpers and will be able to leap an 8′ cattle guard without any trouble.  In that case,  you may need to place two cattle guards in tandem so you have 16 feet of protection. Cattle guards are easily bolted together and can provide an effective deterrent for deer.

If you have any questions about cattle guards, please call (720) 238-2190 or visit us at Please consider Barn World for all your livestock equipment needs.


Saddle Pads from Barn World – a style for every type of riding

5 Star Wool Saddle Pads from Barn World


These 100% wool saddle pads offer the best protection for your horse and are specifically designed to contour to the shape of your horse or mule’s back immediately.

5 Star saddle pads are made with two pieces that help eliminate pressure on the spine and and provide a great saddle fit without over-cinching.

To get that great fit, each pad is made with detailed attention to hip placement, back-line and wither heights and creates the best fitting pad every time.  The contoured pad is a two-piece design that will conform to the shape of YOUR horse or mule.  This design has eliminated the need for ‘breaking-in’ a saddle pad for your ride as it fits most breeds of horses and mules right away.  This flexibility is what makes these saddle pads so special.

There are many different saddle pads styles to choose from and we have one to fit every style of riding.

Western Contoured Saddle Pad

These very popular saddle pads are handmade to order right here in the United States. They are 100% wool and range in thickness from the 1/2″ under pad to the extremely thick Supreme Roper Saddle Pad at 1-1/8″ thick. Every thickness is available in every color.

western saddle pad

Western Contoured Saddle Pad

Mule Saddle Pads

Our 5 Star Mule pads are contoured  to fit the flatter back line of mules, donkeys and jacks and who traditionally have flatter withers, thicker shoulders.   All of the saddle pad styles can be made with the mule contouring.

mule saddle pad

Mule Saddle Pad

Barrel Racing Saddle Pads offer the best performance by keeping your saddle in place and your horse comfortable.  All saddle pads are available in round or square skirts and you may specify if you’d prefer one end rounded and the other square.  We also offer the option of your own personal style with hair on leathers and embroidery done to your design.

saddle pad for barrel racing

Barrel Racing Saddle Pad

English Saddle Pads

conform to your horse to provide maximum comfortable for the horse and rider.  These saddle pads are available for dressage, hunter/jumper and all purpose riding.

english saddle pad

English Saddle Pad

To view our large selection of saddle pads and find the right fit for your type of riding, please visit Barn World today or call (720) 238-2190.


Cattle Guard Options: selecting the right cattle grid for livestock containment

Cattle Guard Options

When choosing a cattle guard it’s important to make sure it’s the correct design, style and has the proper load-carrying needs for your vehicles. Installation process is also another important consideration detailed some basic helpful suggestions below.


Load Ratings

One of the most important design characteristics to consider is the load carrying of the crossing. Public roadway is require a 16 ton per axle rating while a private driveway most likely don’t need that extra capacity.

For that reason, we offer a more economical, round top rail cattle guard design for use on ranches and private driveways. The estimated load carrying capacity is 12 tons per axle which easily accommodates fully loaded semi’s and most farm and ranch equipment.

Below are the AASHTO (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials) designated load carrying capacity ratings:

Cattle Guard Load Ratings
H-15 (12 tons per axle)
H-20 (16 tons per axle)
U-54 (25 tons per axle)
U-80 (30 tons per axle)


If you have a remote, or private-use entry and exit access needs, these round top rail designs are a much more economical option and can save a lot of money over the engineered stamped and rated cattle guards used in public roadway project.


Cattle Guard Box Options

One unique design that continues the burden of installation is the addition of a box to the guard. The boxed allows the guard to be set directly on the ground without the need for a foundation. Although we do recommend they be set on the road ties or some other substantial support, a vaulted area with concrete foundations is not always required.

The box is available as a fixed or removable option.


Fixed Boxed Cattle Guards

boxed cattle guard in gray paint

The fixed box option is the steel skirt welded to the perimeter of the cattle grid. This simple addition dirt from creeping in underneath the top rails one installed directly on the ground. It is very useful for remote and low traffic areas as it can simply be set in place. The box will add about 7″ to the overall length and width of the cattle guard.

To assistant vehicles crossing, the guard can be slightly buried in the ground or dirt be piled up on either side to create a ramp for ease of access.


Removable Boxed Cattle Guards

The removable box allows the guard to be lifted out of the installation without disturbing the surrounding environment. This is especially useful when cleaning underneath the top rails to keep the vaulted area below clear of debris.


This handy feature is available for all round top rail guards and is a fantastic option that allows for easy cleaning.


ATV Cattle Guard

For those of you looking for a simple and effective access for smaller ranch vehicles between pastures, is designed is built for ATV’s.

atv cattle guard picture montage

This unique structure is incredibly useful for inspecting fence lines and allowing an ATV to cross through them. Installation couldn’t be easier! It’s a single, one-piece unit that is literally set in place and tied to your fencing.

We do recommend proper drainage at the site as well as keeping the vegetation growth from growing through the top rails and hiding the crossing from your animals.

Let us know if we can help!

Keeping your livestock contained while providing effortless access to your vehicles is what cattle guards are designed for. Make sure you select proper barrier and you’ll have years of gate free access while your animals are safely secured.

For information, please visit, or give us a call at (720) 238-2190 and we’ll be happy to help!.


Sheepskin saddle pads offer comfort and performance for horse and rider

Sheepskin saddle pad

Comfort and Performance

Sheepskin saddle pads provide excellent comfort and performance for both horse and rider.  Sheepskin is used in almost any application where a premium is put on protection and comfort and equine tack and saddle pads are no exception.

Sheepskin equine pads offer over 3,000 fibers/sq inch and each of those fibers act together to provide a soft shock absorber to provide extreme comfort and wicking abilities as well as preventing from chafing or rubbing. The provides cool and comfortable riding while protecting from unnecessary wear and discomfort on your horse.

Another benefit of a sheepskin saddle pad is that they are an insulator of static electricity that can be caused by friction when riding your horse. It’s a natural byproduct of the riding environment and the motion of the horse and rider.

Keeping Sweat to a Minimum

Saddle pads made of sheepskin also absorb sweat and can release it to the air more quickly than non-natural saddle pads.  It is inherently gentle on the skin and it contains lanolin.

Equine saddle pads made from sheepskin are easy to clean and dry by simply hanging in fresh air. They’re available as contoured saddle pads and a full length saddle pads.

All-in-all, these pads and their natural properties are easy to keep clean and enhance performance and comfort no matter the type of riding you do.

Visit Barn World today at to view our large selection of sheepskin saddle pads.


Saddle Pad Cleaning tips for Wool

Barn World Post: Saddle Pad Cleaning – a necessity for clean equine tack

Cleaning your 5 Star saddle pad is quite easy as the pad is made from 100% wool and is extremely durable.  With standard care, your pad will last two thousand hours or more.

saddle pads in four different colors

To begin, get your saddle pad wet with clean water.  When you spot a soiled area, just rub in a circular motion with your fingers or a rubber curry comb.  You may use a gentle detergent to remove stubborn stains if necessary.  When finished, just hang  your pad and allow to dry.  It’s important to remember that the pad should not be laid on it’s back to dry.  You want to maintain the natural shape of the pad by avoiding leaving it upside down to dry.

It really is that easy. The saddle pad is made with 100% wool using steam, heat and pressure to remove any concerns about distortion or shrinkage when you clean your own pad.

How to Clean Saddle Pads


You should periodically use a rubber fingered or flat curry comb with your 5 Star saddle pad cleaning sponge (free with every new pad) to prevent the hair and dirt from building up under the bottom of your saddle pad.  An occasional brushing will do the trick on your equine tack.  When using the sponge, use a circular motion on a dry pad and wipe the dirt and hair off of the sponge as it builds.

If your pad has a heavy build up of dirt and sweat, use the rubber finger curry to loosen it up, but be gentle so you’re careful not to cut the felt.  As it comes up, use a vacuum to remove the grim and dirt from the saddle pad.

Keeping your saddle pad clean will allow it to breath and pull moisture away from your horses back.  Your saddle pad is one of your most important pieces of equine tack and should be kept clean for a great riding experience

This will keep the old hair and dirt from collecting and working it’s way into the pad.  This interferes with the ability of the pad to breath and pull moisture away from your horse’s back.


It should only be necessary to wash your equine tack saddle pad after around one hundred hours of use.  Of course, if your saddle pad begins to feel hard or ‘bulky’ on the shoulder or loin areas, it’s time to clean your tack.  When washing, avoid using soap as it may leave a residue that could irritate your horse.  When washing, move from the center to the outer edge of the pad in every direction.  A preferred method is to hang the pad by the gullet hole and rinse from the center outward.  As you go, you may want to rotate your saddle pad so the dirt will be carried away and you won’t be just soaking the pad.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO NEVER LAY YOUR SADDLE PAD FLAT TO RINSE IT OFF.  This will only push the sweat salts and dirt into the pad.  To dry, hang the pad by the gullet hole or lay over a rail to help maintain it’s natural shape and contours.  Never lay the saddle pad on it’s back as that’s the best way to help it lose it’s shape, will stretch the leather and may damage the lacing on the inside of the pad.

Once it’s dry, you may ‘loosen’ it back up by flexing the pad in the areas that may seem stiff.  This will also help restore the compression protection and loosen the felt up again to help breath and wick away moisture.

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