A Look at the Common Types of Horse Fencing


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When it’s time to choose the type of horse fencing that is best for your property, you will need to select from the many different types of horse fencing available. Let’s take a look at some of the most common types of horse fencing that you might choose for your property.

Wooden Fencing

Wooden fencing is one of the most common types of horse fencing. Wooden fencing offers the picturesque appearance that so many horse farms are famous for. Wooden fencing is costly to purchase, and its installation is labor-intensive, since you need to dig individual holes for each fence post.

Wooden fencing is highly visible, an advantage in keeping horses safe. However, many horses like to chew or crib on wooden fencing. Over time, wooden fencing can rot, and nails can work their way loose, so proper maintenance and upkeep is important. You will also have to paint the fencing periodically to keep it looking its best.

Electric Fencing

Electric fencing is advantageous because it can deter horses from challenging it. Electric fencing is often quite affordable, and its installation is relatively easy. It’s important that any electric fence be hooked up to a fence charger that is strong enough to create a jolt that your horses will notice. When horses touch an electric fence, they receive a shock. That shock teaches them not to touch the fence again in the future.

Electric fences are fairly easy to maintain, but it’s important to make sure that they are always functioning. Electrical outages may mean that horses can break through the fence – often horses seem to know when a fence is not turned on.

PVC Fencing

PVC fencing offers the visibility of wood fencing paired with a more forgiving surface. PVC fence typically comes in a post-and-rail form, or in a long length of broad tape which can be secured to wooden posts. The post-and-rail form of PVC fencing is designed to give way if a horse seriously collides with the fence. On the other hand, the broad PVC tape is somewhat flexible, allowing it to give and absorb the impact of a collision without freeing the horse.

PVC fencing is a versatile option designed with your horse’s safety in mind. Some horse owners note that the rails of the post-and-rail design pop out too easily, so if your horse discovers this trick, you may need to pair the PVC fencing with a strand of electric fencing to keep your horse from challenging the fence.

Wooden, electric, and PVC fencing are some of the most common types of horse fencing on the market today. They all have different advantages and disadvantages, so it’s up to you to decide which fencing type is best for your situation.

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