Horse Fencing


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Your horse’s safety depends upon the fencing used in his paddocks. You have a wide range of choices when it comes to fencing, including wood, electric, and PVC fencing. Each type of fencing offers specific pros and cons; familiarizing yourself with the different types can help you choose the right type of fencing for your situation.

Timber Fencing

Timber fencing offers a classic appearance. It is highly visible and is strong, creating an attractive solid barrier between your horse and the world outside of his pasture. Wood fencing is fairly costly to install, and installation does require a good bit of labor, including digging holes for fence posts and nailing on boards.

Wood fencing is quite safe unless a horse runs through it; if boards break, horses can cut themselves open on the boards. Horses may also chew wood fencing, and any horses prone to cribbing will try to do so if a wood fence is present. Sometimes pairing wood fencing with electric can help to keep horses from chewing the wood.

Another factor to consider is that wood fencing requires quite a bit of maintenance. Broken boards must be replaced, loosened nails must be hammered back in, and fencing needs to be repainted on a regular basis to keep it from being weathered.

Electric Fencing

Electric fencing offers an affordable fencing which creates a barrier that just about any horse will quickly respect. Once you understand how it works, electric fencing is quick and easy to install. It can serve as a temporary barrier or can be a permanent installation when paired with heavy-duty posts.

Electric fencing is available in a number of different forms, including electric cord, electric wire, and electric mesh tape. Each form offers different visibility strengths to horses, with wide mesh tape being the most readily visible. The visibility of electric cord and wire can be enhanced by tying plastic flags to it at regular increments, or by pairing it with a more visible wood or PVC fence.

The intensity of an electric fence will be controlled by the fence charger. Solar chargers can provide an economical advantage, but don’t charge as strongly as do the chargers which install directly into the barn’s electrical system

PVC Fencing

PVC fencing provides an attractive alternative to the solid wooden fence. PVC fencing is easily installed and is light and easy to handle, though its initial cost is typically a bit higher than that of wood fencing. Highly visible, PVC fencing is a very safe barrier for horses, as it will flex on impact and give way if the impact is significant enough.

PVC fencing offers an advantage over wood, in that it cannot be chewed and splintered by horses in the way that wood fencing can. It also requires next to no upkeep; occasional power washing can keep it free of mildew, and it does not require the regular painting that wood fencing does. Repairs are simple and quick, as a single length of fencing can be replaced when needed with a few tools.

If you’re considering buying horse fencing, investigate all of the options available, and consider combining a few types of fencing to create your perfect horse fencing. TOPHORSE–browse horses for sale or place an ad to sell horses.

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