Thursday, March 31, 2016

Good Fences #106

Some folks wonder why many opt for the overhead ranch bar design for their gates.
Well, it gives them a place to put a name or ranch brand, plus it helps to strengthen and stabilize the gate posts. Over time, the weight of the swinging gates can pull at the posts and you might end up with something like this.
Plus, it just looks good. :)
Here's the link-up!

1. Link in a post featuring a photo or photos of fences or gates.
2. Link back to Run*A*Round Ranch Report in your post or use the badge code to display the Good Fences button in your post that automatically links back here.
3. If time allows, please visit some of the other participants and comment on their shared posts.

Thank you!

114 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Good morning Tex, a nice collection of gates and entrances. The Smith entrance does look clean and neat with the pretty white fences. Thanks for hosting, have a happy day and weekend ahead!

Rose said...

I do love the looks of them...I had not thought about why, but would have guess the right reason.

Christine said...

I really like the cross bar and how ranch owners use it to display the name or brand. We have nothing similar here in N. Ireland that I'm aware of.
Thanks for hosting and hope you have a great day.

Denise inVA said...

Never thought of that before. Always enjoy these Texas Gates. Thank you Theresa :)

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Texas soil really does play havoc with ANY posts in the ground.

Brian King said...

Yeah, saggy gates are rather annoying, especially when they drag on the ground. Plus the overhead bar just looks cool even if it's not super fancy!

Gayle atMuldoon said...

Form and function pay off. The sagging gate says it all.

NatureFootstep said...

interesting. Of course they need some help staying upright :)
Thanks for hosting :)

Pom Pom said...

I like the long drives. Do people lock their gates?

sonia a. mascaro said...

Good morning, Tex!
I like so much the white wooden fences!

Julia said...

Thanks for explaining the overhead ranch gate bars. It makes a lot of sense.
Also, thanks for your nice comment on my blog.
Have a nice weekend.
Hugs,
JB

Chandra@GreenComotion said...

It helps identify the place for sure, in addition to the street address.
I like it. Like you say, the extra structure is well worth the cost.
Thanks for hosting, Theresa!
Have a Happy Day!!
Peace :)

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Yup, I've seen the sagging ones. I'm not admitting where. HA HA

Nancy Chan said...

Pretty fences and gates. Love the white fence and gate in the 1st pic. Pretty wheels in the 2nd gate and and 3rd fence and gate looks neat.

Cranberry Morning said...

Nice! It makes total sense, and i like the varied designs.

Nicol Carm said...

We don't have gates like these. I like your explanation and of course the gates. Its are so graceful.

Anvilcloud said...

Whodathunkit? That's good to know.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

That bar at the top does make it look more western and elegant too. Thanks for the explanation.

Breathtaking said...

Hello Theresa!:) The Smith's gate looks good, makes the entrance stand out, and serves a useful purpose. Thanks for explainig, but it does make sense.

Pix Under the Oaks said...

Yes, it does look good!
Good Morning!

DJan said...

You're right: not only are those overhead bars functional, they also look good. :-)

Sandra said...

I have wondered about the gates and that makes perfect sense. it does make a great looking entrance. the ones here with the top part look so much better than the sagging one, even if it was not sagging

Debbie said...

everybody in texas has a gate, here, it's so rare to see an entrance like that. gates = security, it must be a texas thing. good finds this week, mine is lame!!!

Kate said...

Thanks for the information about the sturdiness of the gate and the necessity of stabilising it. You're correct in pointing out the attractiveness of the design, too.

Karen S. said...

I really like the first one, that the Smith family are proudly showing, and I'm hoping now that our road has been completed that we'll do something cool to our entrance too!

photodoug said...

Theresa, impressive entrances. Thanks for sharing.

Lynne said...

True . . .
Smith family did it right . . ., RIGHT?

Wayne said...

I guess the Smith's can only sell to other Smith's :-) I do like the overhead structure.

nookworm said...

The overhead gates are not at all prominent here, in fact, there are very few. I enjoy seeing and learning more about them in Texas.

Justin Carf said...

Very nice, and has a purpose, but there nothing wrong with that bottom one. It has character :)

Tanya Breese said...

i like the clean lines of the smith place!

Linda Kay said...

Thanks for the fence lesson today. Love it!

magnoliasntea said...

Ha, I have a fence post/pic to share! It's been so long I hope the sky doesn't fall or anything.

Ginny Garza said...

Thanks for explaining the purpose of the overhead gate...didn't realize it helps stabilize the rest of the structure. Nice pictures.

Mildred said...

I like the look but had never thought about why! Mighty Mouse sends his xoxoxo!!!

carol l mckenna said...

thanks for 'overhead bar design' info ~ makes lots of sense ~ Great photos too!

Wishing you peace in each day ~ ^_^

stardust said...

I like to look up and read the owner’s name with the sky backdrop.

Yoko

S. J. Qualls said...

Adding to the stability is one of the best parts - you ever have to pick up and carry a messed up gate to get into the yard?

Miss Val's Creations said...

A truly logical design! I like the way it looks with names or other words at the top.

Primitive Stars said...

Morning, I agree, looks really great, nice fence and gate.Blessings Francine.

Jo said...

Hello Theresa, those overhead bars look good. They're not seen here. Thanks for hosting this meme. I love it! Have a great day. Jo

Alica said...

I never thought about the reinforcement factor! They certainly make a place look unique.

matti juhani niilola said...

Hi. Nice fences. I like Smith white fence a lot.

Small City Scenes said...

Yeah it does look good
MB

don said...

The ranch bar design is certainly popular and even more reasonable with the support they provide.
I think my "jump of the tracks" came from starting to work on Silly Tuesday and selecting instead I chose a fence picture and got all confused. Sorry about that..I'm still sane I think. :-)

Country Gal said...

Lovely photos ! I like the over head ranch signs .

♥ Łucja-Maria ♥ said...

Very interesting gate.
I like the white fences and gates.
Your photos are always excellent.
I'm charmed.
Have a nice weekend. Greetings from Poland.

LV said...

Sorry, I am slow commenting today. Some days I just do not function as fast. Do not know how you find so many great ranches with nice fences. I am on the watch for them everywhere I go. You are very knowledge of ranch life as well. Trust the weather has been kind to you.

William Kendall said...

So that's the reason!

happywonderer.com said...

That's a good reason for the long haul. Do it right from the beginning. I never considered the reason for an overhead and it makes a lot of sense...

Midmarsh John said...

I had always assumed it was sort of traditional carried over from horse and carriage days.

Tamago said...

It's nice to have the name up there. Interesting to know that design helps strengthen the gate posts!

pattisjarrett said...

Aha! The overhead bar design serves a lot of purposes. I can see why the extra support is necessary. So many people struggle to open/close their gates once they sag.

ladyfi said...

What a great fence!

Sandi said...

Do all the fences in Texas have names? I would totally write Southfork on mine. ;-)

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

I always enjoy the fences that you find, Theresa. They are so different from the ones we have around here. Larry is looking for fence posts as we speak to repair our rail fence.

Farm Girl said...

It does look good! I hope you are having a great spring.

Ida said...

A Great set of different fences and gates. I liked them all. One thing that I always think is neat when I see these Texas fences are the long driveways leading into the places.

RedPat said...

It does look good!

jeannettestgermain said...

Nice for the post office and for people who need to bring stuff to know that indeed Smith lives here:) I never would have thought about this, while living in the city! Thanks for hosting Tereaa!

Jan said...

I wonder why those kind of gates are not popular every place; they make sense.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Impressive entrances abound in Texas it seems!
With their name on the top, one knows they're at the right place - or not as the case may be Tex!
Many thanks for your link up.
Shane

Gosia k said...

what a big farm

joeh said...

We may have three interesting fences in Jersey.

FOREST SNAPPER said...

Nothing worse than gates that dont sit level. Thanks again for last week and this weeks hook up, we have had the best day of the year so far and yes i was out in it playing golf Thanks again and have a good weekend.


peter

Paula said...

Don't ya just hate it when a gate sags? The one with the stars would be so neat if they would fix it. Always love your pictures.

Peggy Jones said...

I am always glad to learn something new. Did not know that about the gates. Great photos.

Andrea Priebe said...

I would have thought just because it looks good, but what you said makes sense ... so it looks good and it is practical :) Way to go ...

Andrea @ From The Sol

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Very instructive! I was only thinking of the aesthetics and not the practicalities of the overhead bars.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I like the looks of the overhead bar design -- it finishes off the gate elegantly.

Marit Sønstebø said...

Nice gates! The last photo is very beautiful :)

Terry and Linda said...

It does look good!

Linda

messymimi said...

They can be quite ornamental, and if they are useful also, i say go for this style!

Lynn said...

I thought you were going to say so feed trucks could get in:@)

Mama Zen said...

And you got to make sure you have enough trailer clearance!

Revrunner said...

Yup. Need those reinforcing letters.

Robin Lamb said...

T, good explanation!

Melissa said...

I agree :)

Evelyn S. said...

I like the look of the big metal entry...but I hadn't thought about the weight of swinging gates. I don't think there are many of those around here.

Brk Trt said...

Looks good indeed.

Red said...

There's a good reason for everything.

Gert said...

Well, that's good to know. I learn something new from you all the time! (My Tom use to say, we'd name ours "Oleo Acres" cause it was a cheap spread....ha! ha! ha! Have a good night!

Stephen Hayes said...

I never thought about why the signs are overhead, but your explanation makes a lot of sense.

Debby Ray said...

Yep...I'd say you'd be right! :)

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

What works looks good to me!
~

Stephanie said...

It looks more solid and stately.

Linda said...

Interesting. Gates get a lot of movement.

Elaine said...

It really does provide a nice look to the entrance, and leaves no confusion as to where the gate is. I love all your Texas fences!

Paul said...

The overhead design for driveway entrances gives a place a proper ranch look!

handmade by amalia said...

I like a sagging gate. It speaks of many years of service.
Amalia
xo

Ms. A said...

That first one is nice!

Tony McGurk said...

Nice gates. I like the one with the wheels in them.

Michael Manning said...

Time for a good welder on the last ranch gate! Hope you have had a great week!! :)

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Excelentes fotografias.
Um abraço e bom fim de semana.

Halcyon said...

I like those rails over the gate. They give the entrance a certain "grandeur"... like you're going through an arch!

Jeevan said...

Indeed! And the ranch bar also gives a nice frame to the gates :) Neat capture

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Tex well I can see that that makes sence. Thanks for hosting and I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I love the white Smith's fence and thanks for explaining the why to the overhead!

Pantherka said...

Beautiful fences and gates. The first is very nice.

Anita said...

I've seen those sagging gates.
Thanks for the explanation! ... as well as the beautiful photos, as always.

Maks said...

You have a ugly weather, but fence is beautiful. I greet! :)

KaHolly said...

Even the old, sagging, broken gate has it's appeal!

Our photos said...

You are quite right, it just looks good !

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Simply elegant.

Bob Bushell said...

Smith is a name of worth holding. Good fences.

Maggid said...

I had an appointment Thursday Morning - and, the lady i was seeing put some music on - and left the room. In a few moments there was quacking - right in the middle of some song. I looked to see what was going on, because it made me giggle . . besides, left alone in a room, you can bet I'll be looking around, being entertained by art work, or magazines - or anything that captures my imagination . . . so, the music was coming from a phone-thing - and the quacking must have been her ring tone . . . all this to say, I was talking about you on Thursday - because, when she returned, i explained her music quacked - and about your house and birds and ducks and . . some of your ducks whistle . . . nope, she didn't have any fences - I guess, i could remember to visit the vet - there's a fence around their business . . . OR, i could tell you about crazy suburban border skirmishes . . but that's no fun . . NOPE - it's way more fun to tell a lady her music quacked - and YOU are totally cool. love & love, -g-

Barb said...

I think I need one of those arches at my house. Tourists who rent in my neighborhood are always stopping to see if my house if the one they're renting!

edenhills said...

They do look good. I would love to get one for the entrance to my pumpkin patch that has Eden Hills on the top. That would be awesome!

Pietro and Cynthia said...

Beautiful gate, thanks for sharing!

Lowcarb team member said...

Well a nice straight gate / fence looks very smart ... but there can sometimes be something endearing about an older or sagging one,

They all have stories to tell ...

All the best Jan

It's me said...

Enjoy the weekend.....love Ria x

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Theresa; Oh, your explanation DOES make me understand well what you said. Seeing the contrast of the three gates♪
Having a bit busy days 'haha, it's been long' (^^;)

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

Useful AND it looks good. Those two things don't always go together!

Helma said...

In the Netherlands, you do not see this beautiful ranches, nor of those beautiful entrance gates. I find this weekly series also really great to see more and beautiful gates. fdaarbij are therefore always new designs of fences in Texas :-)

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