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 . Horse Trailer "Butt" Chains

*At this time, we do not offer steel or aluminum butt bars. We recommend that you hire a metal fabricator, in order to correctly match the individual butt bar attachments on both your trailer wall & stall divider.

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Trailer "Butt" Chains

Replacement "Butt" Chain for trailers

These are the best, strongest and most comfortable trailer replacement chains we can find. Both sizes have  4 1/2" of 1/8" chain on each end of a flexible steel cable covered by 1" thick black rubber. Comfortable for the horse & easy to clean for you!

Made in the USA by Champion 

Trailer "butt" chains are necessary for two reasons: 

They serve as a barrier so the horse cannot exit the trailer when the rear doors are opened. 

They save the rear doors on the trailer from warping when a horse rides with his weight to the rear when trailering. 

 

 

 

 

 

   

The 27" chain has a 18" rubber-covered center.

The 42" butt chain has a 33" rubber-covered center.

The most important thing to remember when completely replacing your trailer chains is that care must be taken as to where you attach them to the trailer. Be sure there are no protruding steel clips or loops in the stall area to cause injury when the horse is moving backwards out of the trailer. When the chain is let down, check to be sure the snap or "S" hook naturally hangs straight down or it can catch on your horse's tail, halter or blanket.

Recommended hardware for completely replacing trailer chains include:

1 flush mount D-ring attached to the trailer wall

2 "quick links" at either side of the trailer chain

1 snap hook or "S" hook to attach the chain to the middle divider

1 weld-on clip or screw-on eyebolt attached to the top of the middle divider (where the snap end of the chain attaches)

TRAIL PALS TIP: Measure the straight distance across the stall in the trailer, then slack the chain a little. The shortest animal should not be able to get his back under the chain. On a horse, the chain should naturally set about 1/2 way between the hock and top of the tail. The horse should be able to feel the barrier when he puts pressure on it, then he should move forward & the chain should slack at rest. The barrier is adjusted correctly when the horse cannot lean back on the trailer doors when trailering.  

*The hardware products shown are available below, or on the Trailer Parts page.

Trailer "Butt" Chain, 27"

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Trailer "Butt" Chain, 42"

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D-Ring, Surface Mount  "Anti-Rattle" Tie Down

Not recommend for tying horses!

Flush mount, two pieces. Standard steel ring and mounting bracket slips behind the 4 1/8" (across) anti-rattle hard plastic collar.  Good for fastening butt or breast bars (wall mount) because when the chain is unsnapped, the horse can slide by it without injury. Fastens with ONE screw or carriage bolt. Breaking strength is 1,500 lbs. 

Used in utility trailers as a floor-mount tie down or in trailers used for both off -road vehicle use & horse hauling.

 D-Ring, Surface-Mount  Tie Down, 1500 lbs.

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Quick Link, 1/4" D

The1/4" Quick Link is generally use to connect chain in  applications such as butt chains.  Approximately 2 1/4"L X 1 1/4" wide X 1/4" diameter. Electro-galvanized Steel.

*Heavy Duty Quick-Link (3/8" D) for trailer safety chains: sold on the Hitching & Hauling  page.

Quick Link, 1/4" D"

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"S" Hook Applications

It's best to  to match the diameter of the S Hook to the diameter of the chain it's attached to.

The 5/16" in diameter S hook is for light applications,  such as attaching trailer feed bags to D-rings. 3 1/4" L. 189 lb. working load limit, 567 lb. minimum breaking strength. Steel.

The medium 3/8" in diameter S hook is for medium applications, such as attaching butt chains to the trailer wall. 3 3/8" L. 523 lb. working load limit, 1,292 lb. minimum breaking strength.

The large 7/16" S Hook is for heavier applications, such as attaching trailer safety chains on 2 or 3 horse bumper-pull or tag along trailers.

 

 

"S" Hook, 5/16" D X 3 1/4" Long

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"S" Hook, 3/8" D X 3 3/8" Long for BUTT CHAINS

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"S" Hook, 7/16" D X 3 7/8" Long

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Snap Hook, 2K

The 2K snap hook takes the place of a  "S" hook, such as in connecting butt chains to the trailer divider. You will have to use a Quick Link in between this snap & the butt chain snap.  3/8" in diameter, used to connect 3/16" chain.  Rated as Class I at  2,000 lbs, so it can be used for  butt chains or safety chains on small utility trailers.
Snap Hook, 2K

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Snap Link, 5/16" OD X 3 1/4" L

 

The 3 1/4" long snap link is 5/16" in diameter It's rating is 350 lbs. Polished steel. This steel snap link will snap on to the butt chains or eye bolt perfectly. We like it because it has no sharp edges that the horse can catch himself on.

 D-rings w/ mounting brackets, are found on the D-Ring & Tie Loop page.

This snap link is NOT rated high enough to use with safety chains on trailers!

 Snap Link, 5/16" D X 3 1/4" L

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 Screw-On Eye Bolt

3" long, 1 1/4" wide & the opening is 3/4". 1 1/4" in diameter. Steel. Use in wood applications, such as a place to fasten butt chains on top of the stall divider. Pre-drill a hole down through the steel frame into the plywood divider, then screw in the eye bolt.
Screw-On Eye Bolt

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 We recommend that all parts and accessories be installed by a professional. If you choose to install them yourself, Trail Pals will not be responsible for any damage caused to yourself or your property.

 
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