Q: I have heard about a new gateway catch that is said to be easier to manoeuvre than conventional “side-pull” handles.
Do you know what it is and whether they are available to purchase? I am sick of having to get off my horse to open heavy gates around our farm.
GM, North Yorkshire
There is a new product called the Equine Catch from Gatecatch.
“When you’re through the gate, just fling it back for the catch to grab it safely,” said Phil.
Phil was developing the product when he broke an arm and a leg, and his temporary disabilities gave him an insight into mobility problems.
“The National Trust uses it for access to their gardens, to comply with the UK Disability Discrimination Act, and we have had interest from various sources, including land owners and local councils.”
“They are so easy to use and are safe for even our most inexperienced riders,” she said.
Gatecatch, tel: 08452 607706 www.gatecatch.com
This Q&A was first published in Horse & Hound (14 May, ’09)
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