Fence Latches

Overview
There are many ways to latch a gate.
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Discussion:

I like any latch that only uses one hand to swing open or close AND latch the gate. Two handed latching is not only inefficient, but can be dangerous when leading an unsettled horse. This can lead to the horse yanking you away from an unlatched gate which causes you to either let go of the horse you are leading or leave the gate unlatched allowing the enclosed horses to escape.

Here is my favorite thing to do with a chain and snap system. Place a screw eye into one of the chain links and sink the screw eye into the wood fence post. Now the chain can’t fall to the ground. After the gate is shut, with one hand, wrap the chain around the fence post and the gate and, with the same hand, open the snap and clip it onto the screw eye. Cheap and all one handed.

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