Fences And Your Horses

Written By Arman Zulhajar on Thursday, May 31, 2012 | 3:52 AM

By Heather Toms

When setting up a fence, give first priority to visibility. You would like your fence to telegram its presence extremely clearly to your horses if you'd like to keep them free from possible injuries. That is the reason why wooden or PVC fences would be a far superior choice as compared to wire fences. You can improve the visibility by painting the fence in bright colours at frequent intervals. You can also stick or tie colourful tape or ribbons.

Item number two on your prioritization list should be the fence's height. The fence should be sufficiently high to prevent horses from jumping over, yet sufficiently low to keep them from wriggling thru. A great way of deciding the fence height is to set it at the very height of your horse's nose. If you have more than one horse, go for the tallest one.

While you have a choice of various fence building material, the most preferred ones are PVC, wood and electrical.

If you're on a small budget, electrical fences will prove to be most cost effective. Galvanized, or plastic-coated wire, or electrical polytape are the electrical fence material most in demand. It's advisable to make your fence extremely visible to your horses by tying fabric of bright colours at gaps of 3 feet or thereabouts on each strand. Obviously, you'll also need to buy posts, insulators and other hardware as well as a charger. A small electrical fence around a corral shouldn't cost more than $200.

If you happen to have a healthier budget, you might go in for a wooden fence. You can select between slipboard, rustic rail or board. Lumber prices are liable to frequent fluctuations, and also alter according to area , but for all they are more costly than electric. A wood fence is way more enjoyable to the eye than an electric fence. Although it will cost in terms of upkeep, it will definitely boost the value of your farm. If wood that is not treated with pressure is used for the fencing, it's got to be painted or varnished/stained regularly. Chipped and broken sections must be replaced as fast as they are seen. Sections should be nailed on the inside of posts and not on the outside, so that horses leaning on them do not pop them out. The posts should be really stable, and nail heads should be tapped in flush. If your situation is such that you will need to keep your horses permanently fenced in (like when your pasture abuts a busy road or when you need to keep your stallions separate from your mares) you might think about stringing up some electric wire at the top.

At the other end of the market (if you have no problem with your financial position) and want fencing that needs practically no upkeep. Then this type of fencing is generally made of PVC, which is clean and aesthetic. It resembles wood from some distance off, but doesn't ever need painting. It doesn't rot or splinter, neither does it rust. I am conscious that a large amount of manufacturers claim that it's much more robust than wood.

Whatever fence you do finally put up, you need to inspect it awfully regularly for reasons of safety. There should be no downed wires, no sections that have gotten loose, no nails that are sticking out. There should be no openings horses can slip thru. There should be no rot, rust or splintering. Mend any damage immediately. Check whether your posts are still solidly embedded by giving each one a good tug. You will need to do this frequently if you live in areas where ground temperatures are subject to frequent variances.

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