In my barn, we hang stall chains on the stall fronts for blankets instead of using blanket bars. Blanket bars stick out in the aisleway waiting to catch horse’s hips (or your elbows) as they walk by. Plus, they’re expensive when you start talking quantities. Then again, the stall chains aren’t so cheap, either at an average price of $15.95 each.
So, when I needed a handful of blanket hangers, I decided to try something different. At Lowe’s, they sell vinyl-coated weldless steel cable by the foot at $0.36/foot (local prices may vary, obviously).
I purchased three 42″ sections of cable, plus a set of ferrules (check the sizes!) for each one, and two double-ended snaps for each set. I think my total cost was somewhere around $17 for everything.
Thread each end of the cable into the ferrules so that a small loop is left at the end
Then, use a hammer to smash the ferrule so that it clamps onto the cable (this is an important step). They make a tool for this, but they’re expensive, and a hammer works just as well. Attach both ends to the stall front, and voila! A blanket holder that holds blankets close to the stall–they won’t catch a breeze and come loose, and if you fold them neatly, they give a nice, presentable appearance to the barn.
I wouldn’t suggest using these as stall chains, but I imagine you could use these for a lot of other things you might use stall chains for. What other uses do you have for stall chains?