Tips for Making Sure Your Horse Fencing Is Safe

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Your horse fencing is responsible for keeping your horse safely contained on your property. Because your horse spends much of his free time in his paddock, it’s important that your horse fencing is safe. Here are some tips to make sure that your horse fencing is safe and ready to do its job.

Only Buy Quality Horse Fencing

One of the best ways to ensure that your horse fencing is safe is to buy the best quality fencing that you can afford. It may be tempting to try to save money by installing electric wire fencing or barbed wire fencing, but neither of these fencing types is ideal for horses when used alone. Thin wire fencing has poor visibility and a determined horse may go through or over the fence. Barbed wire can cause catastrophic injuries if a horse gets tangled in it. When it comes to horse fencing, don’t try to save money – buy the best fencing that you can afford.

Additionally, make sure that any horse fencing that you buy is strong enough to contain your horse. If you’re housing stallions at stud on your property, then you will likely need a combination of high and strong solid fencing, plus electrical fencing. Your specific fencing needs will depend on the types of horses that you will be housing on your property.

Install Your Horse Fencing With Curved Corners

When installing your horse fencing, try to avoid creating corners in your paddocks. If multiple horses are turned out together, they may fight and can pin a single horse into a corner, potentially leading to injury. Additionally, horses are likely to do sliding stops into corners. Try to curve your fencing so that there are no true corners in the paddocks.

Make Your Horse Fencing Highly Visible

Horses need to be able to clearly see your horse fencing in order to avoid it. Some fencing types, like wood or PVC panel, are naturally highly visible. If you’re working with a less visible type of fencing, then you may need to add flags or fabric strips to the fencing to increase its visibility.

Regularly Maintain Your Horse Fencing

Finally, make sure that you regularly maintain your horse fencing. All horse fencing is subjected to wear and tear, and your horses may cause additional damage. Regularly walk all of the fence lines to check for weakened or broken areas, and promptly repair these areas before turning horses back out.

When properly chosen and maintained, horse fencing can go a long ways towards keeping your horses safe and happy in their pastures.

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