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Old 03-07-2020, 11:29 AM
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I just delivered this set of stocks last week to a quarter horse breeding farm near here. They had contacted my about building a set similar to one they saw on facebook market, and then asked if I could make it more like the stocks that priefert sells where the sides open as well as the ends. I didn't want to use round pipe and I made some changes to the design but these are built pretty much to the same dimensions as the priefert stocks.

These are modular and break down into pieces that one person can manage pretty easily. The base is made with 2"x 3"x 3/16" tube. The posts are 2.5" x 2.5" x 1/4" square tube, and slide over stubs made of 2" x 2" x 3/16" square tubing welded to the base/skid.

The doors, side gates, and upper frame are all made from 2" x "2 x 3/16" square tube. The top frame has stubs of pipe that slide down into the posts, and everything bolts together.

Hinges are made from 5/8" HR round bar and 1-1/8"OD DOM tubing. The rear door has hinges in 2 positions so you can lower it 4" if necessary for shorter mares. Latches are also made with the 5/8" rod and DOM tubing.
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Old 03-07-2020, 11:41 AM
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It has an overhead rail for dental work. The dentist will sedate the horse and then you usually need something to hold their head up so there is a special halter used to tie them up to the overhead rail, that still lets their mouth open all the way.

The side gates had me stumped for a little bit. I didn't want to do just a pin latch or something spring loaded as I've been in quite a few horse trailers where these get bent and don't work right. Having a 76" rail hinged on one end is a lot of leverage, so I wanted a latch that supported the rail in all directions and kept it from sagging and damaging the hinge.

I ended up making sleeve locks. They are made from the 2.5" tube and slide on the 2" tube. When they are slid shut, the pipe is supported on all 4 sides, and when they are slid back it swings freely. The cane bolt latch is just there to hold the slide shut. All in all these work easily and seem very strong. Never under estimate a horses ability to destroy things, but I think these have as good a shot as anything else at holding up. I also like that there is no load on the pin when the latch is closed, so if you have an emergency you should be able to get the pin unlatched and then you just have to force the sleeve open, which seems easier then twisting and pulling a cane bolt while a horse is leaning on it.
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Old 03-07-2020, 12:25 PM
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Nice work.
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Old 03-07-2020, 01:14 PM
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Obviously, you spent some time pondering this project because it is a very well thought out design. Your workmanship is topnotch too as is customary with all your projects
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Old 03-07-2020, 01:16 PM
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+1 on nice work;

Question - did you really mean 2-1/2" tube, or actual receiver tube (2.530 od, 2.030 id), or are those pieces short enough to reach the seam welds with a narrow belt sander?

And a comment - if you have an ample supply of "flying electric fences", aka wasps, yellow jackets, etc, I would cap any and all of those open ends -

I've actually had 2 horses "trade places" in a tall 4 horse stock trailer, they were tied up front AND there were pipe dividers between left/right side. STILL don't know how, just heard the ruckus while bringing up the other two and found 'em swapped Did see a few yellowjackets around.

Fortunately neither horse had any obvious injuries, still don't know how THAT was possible either... Steve
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Old 03-07-2020, 02:14 PM
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Thanks guys!

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I used standard tube and cleaned the seam up with a farriers rasp and a small belt sander. I don't know if I could buy receiver tube in full lengths around here or not. That would have been easier, but probably more expensive. My supplier gives me 10% off anything I buy a whole stick of so I try to plan projects to use limited sizes of stock and buy whole bars. The stubs that go into the posts are only 3 inches long so it wasn't alot of seam to clean up.

I have been meaning to order a bag of plastic end caps as I need them for a tractor canopy I am finishing up, and I will pass them along to the horse farm. That thought crossed my mind, but I didn't get my shit together in time as usual

I've never had horses completely trade places but I had one get halfway and that was a bad night. 6 horses in the trailer and leaving the local fairgrounds at 1am. We had a horse in slot number 4 that the farm owners had just got and were leasing to a kid to show. The shipper that delivered it had told us it was claustrophobic, but hauled well if you put it between other horses. That was false...The bitch broke the drop down window out (slant load) and was trying her best to climb out, and in the process she broke the divider in front of her and forced it under the the number 3 horses belly so that its back feet were off the ground and it was hanging from her halter and the trailer tie trying to get its front feet back under itself.
I whipped into a gas station parking lot, jumped out and punched the bitch in the face and stuffed her back in through the window and that was when I discovered the horse in front of her hanging on top of the partition. My girlfriend started unloading horse number 6 and that's when the local police found us. He parked in the road, rolled the window down and suggested we keep moving and told us that he "doesn't do livestock" when we asked for help. My girlfriend led horse number 6 out into the city street and blocked his car and told him he was going to learn something about livestock tonight and to get out of the car and help. Luckily when he called for back up to deal with her we got cops that actually gave a shit about helping people and those 2 held horses 5 and 6 and let them eat grass while we dealt with the crazy one that was destroying the trailer. We never took her anywhere again.
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Old 03-07-2020, 02:31 PM
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I just got some square plastic caps from Amazon for a little gardening table I scored from "Trashmart" for the daughter. So I know you can get them there.
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Hadn't thought to check amazon. I know mcmaster carr has them in their catalog but I was dragging my feet about paying shipping. I will have to see if amazon has them first
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Old 03-08-2020, 12:44 PM
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Holy crap Matt, I'd MUCH rather have a WTF moment to ponder forever than go thru YOUR version (complete with bonehead donut dunker that's more of a horses ASS than a "protect and serve" guy)

Mine happened back in 1978 while we were moving back to Oregon after my Dad died - to my knowledge nobody had even thought of slant load trailers then, or at least WE hadn't.

I do a fair amount of stuff with square tube, wall thickness depending on intended use - if/when I'm lucky/smart enough to plan ahead here's one of my "mass production" methods (invonving multiple similar or identical pieces)
1 - bundle clamped with spacers about 1/3 from cap ends, clamped at opposite end withOUT spacers
2 - Flush mount "cheater"
3 - All tacked
4 - All welded - some downhand if NOT structural
5 - Cleaned up, except for minor touchups (to be done after separating)

Another method I sometimes use (when not QUITE as anal) is to stick one end of a longer piece of FB in one side of tube, hold flush, couple LIGHT tacks on that side, zip disk cut off just short enough to clear opposite side, clip corners, tap in flush (gently), same magnet trick, tack that side - then full weld and clean up.

Occasionally I get irritated at my "semi-OCD" tendencies and just "git-r-done" - got a few of THOSE projects where I might buy some plastic caps rather than screw up a paint job starting over. (If I wait LONG enough, maybe they'll "pat me in the face with a shovel" and I won't hafta decide either way ... Steve
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Excellent job on the chute!!!!!!!!!!
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