Over the course of the last couple of years we've put in our pastures and fenced in about 7 of the 9 acres. Anytime, you put fencing up that means you also have to put gates up and come up with some method to insure that those gates remain
For all perimeter gates, we went with the self-latching locks. They are more expensive but they are durable and its
just comforting to hear that click when you go through the gate. In addition to this, we added pad locks to all these gates.
For the gates within the barn, we decided to go the cheaper route. The loop latches are approximately 1/3 the cost of the self-latching locks.
While these have worked, this method is not stationary and allows a gap in the gate. We have had instances where babies were able to squeeze through the gap area.
We decided to use zip ties to cinch up the loops but sometimes we've found that bigger babies pushed their way through and popped the zip ties. Still we have preserved