- Galvanized steel pipe with elastic webbing.
- Can support large, adult sheep and goats (without horns).
- Adjustable width for all sizes.
- Included support rope for large/heavy sheep. (Prevents elastic webbing from over-stretching.)
- Length is 40 inches.
- Maximum width is 16 inches.
- Minimum width is 10 inches.
- Bottom "legs" are 14 inches.
- Replacement webbing is available.
- Can be folded flat for easy storage and transporting with some disassembly.
We've introduced several improvements over the previous version:
1.) New elastic webbing
- A thick weave of elastic shock cord has replaced the string net we used previously. The elastic web springs back into place when the ewe leaves the chair reducing the risk of entanglement. The webbing quickly hooks over built-in rivets for easy replacement. Included support rope can be used for heavy animals to prevent over-stretching.
- This simple device prevents the animal’s hind legs from getting caught in the mesh. On occasion we’ve had to chase down a ewe that’s made off with our deck chair because of this very reason—not often, but it has happened.
3.) Quickly make size adjustments
- When using our original chair, a wrench was needed to make side-to-side adjustments. These nuts have been replaced with finger-friendly wing bolts. Kick-plate adjusts via the same method.
How to Use
- Best location is in the corner of a small pen, as this allows catching the animal with the least effort. Drop the top of the chair over the gate or fence at a 45 degree angle.
- Catch the sheep by the head. Back the sheep into the chair. As the back legs hit the bottom crossbar, the rump (and most of the animal's weight) will fall into the webbing. Take care not to catch the rear legs in the 2 vertical chair legs.
- Complete the process by lifting the head upwards into the sitting position.
With one hand, tip the chair forward with the sheep inside it. Allow the animal to fall out onto its feet. Hang onto the chair or you may be chasing the animal/chair combination around the pen.
Does not work well with horned animals. Their horns may become entangled with the webbing.
Note: New Deck Chair Replacement Webbing (#807515) DOES NOT fit our Old Deck Chair (#807500).
Listed below are recommended optional components or related items. Your particular situation may require alternative recommendations. Please call and talk to our consultants if there are any questions at 800-282-6631.
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John R from Texas
Very heavy duty and well built. Shipping was very reasonable and extremely fast. The netting is really taunt and at times doesn't let a lighter Barbado settle in deep enough, but I added a couple bungee cords to hold them in place and now I work my herd in gentleness and comfort. Great product, great design, and a great company, thanks.
Andrew D from Pennsylvania
Definitely makes trimming hooves less of a chore. Chair is well made, and is a real back saver. No more head butts to the chin while breathing fresh cud breath. Held our biggest pregnant ewe comfortably (well, at least she looked comfortable).
Lesa K from Missouri
Put the deck chair together easily, set it up in the pen and tried it on a couple of ewes, along with the new pair of ARS 140 hoof trimmers. Wow! Made the job SO much easier to do. I am a middle-aged, small woman and now I will no longer dread doing hoof trimming.
Melvin S from Texas
What a back saver. I was able to trim my sheep with no help, thanks to this chair
Teresa D from Massachusetts
My husband and I have been wrestling with sheep for years for hoof trimming and shots needlessly. The Premier Deck Chair is the best tool we have in the barn now. Our sheep aren't trained yet to just go right in but with two of us it was easily done and then no more getting kicked as I trim their hoofs. They also are easier to give shots to as they jostle less. It is a real back saver as well. We did 35 sheep last weekend, Gotland and Leicester Longwools far more efficiently than ever before. We found a setting that seemed to work well with the range of sizes so we did not need to adjust between animals.
Yesterday, our vet had to come check on a castration and she was delighted with the use of the chair and wish we had it when she originally did the procedure.