Your Best Horse Fencing Options
Do you want to make sure your horses stay secure and protected yet free to roam around your land? Try horse fencing! This way, your horses can safely play and frolic without you having to stress about them getting hurt or running away. Agricultural fences can be made of various materials, such as wood, vinyl, and metal. Wood is highly visible but can weather easily. Vinyl is aesthetically pleasing and can be easily cleaned but is often pricey. Metal is solid and low maintenance but expands and contacts depending on the weather, making it more susceptible to breakage.
There are so many aspects of fences that should be considered. However, first, it is essential to decide the best type of horse fence for you by choosing carefully to maximize your fence’s value, utility, and safety. Here at Long Fence, we want to make sure you have all the knowledge you need when deciding what agricultural fences you want to use for your horses and their perimeter security.
The first type of fence we have is often used specifically to corral horses and other livestock. Paddock/board fences are comprised of fence posts spaced eight to ten feet apart and are usually about 4 feet high with 1x6 inch rails between posts.
The biggest advantage of these fences is that the boards can be placed on the inside of the fence posts. This allows a safe, smooth surface for the horse and results in solid fences that will not have a board pop out from a horse leaning against it. Another important aspect of this type of fence is to make sure the bottom board is far enough from the floor so that a horse’s legs will not get stuck when they are lying down next to the fence. Another downside, if the boards are wood, is that they can become weathered. If this happens, the boards can be replaced. It is just simply a bit more high maintenance than some fence owners would want.
Somewhat similar to paddock fences, estate/crossbuck fences makes use of boards to corral livestock as well. The main difference in construction is that these fences use more boards per section. This is because this fence style is identified by the X design between the top and bottom boards. It consists of two boards in that middle section crossing over each other.
Customers love this fence because of its visually attractive statement. These fences stand strong and sturdy and can be made from a variety of materials. It is easily diversified. For example, welded mesh wire can be added to these fences. As with paddock/board fences, the same disadvantages stand. Depending on the material, the fence can weather, and the fence’s builder must be careful with the board’s spacing to ensure a safe environment for the horses.
Woven Wire Fence
These fences are commonly used for cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, and horses. Woven wire fences are often made of wood and have woven wire in between the boards.
They are very low-maintenance permanent fences and work well to contain any livestock through all seasons. Also, they work well for selective pasture containment of almost any livestock. However, these fences are difficult to install. It is ideal for ground that is completely leveled, or else the mesh size can be uneven. If the mesh spaces are too big, horses can get their arms or legs stuck in them. They can also try standing on it, causing it to stretch.
As the name suggests, these fences are made of “high-tensile wire” which are strands of strong wire under tension. They are often stretched in 2 to 4 lines between wood or steel line posts. Although we do not do electric fencing here at Long Fence, many people get hi-tensile fences with electrification.
Hi-tensile fences are extremely low maintenance and even cost-effective. Unfortunately, they are difficult for horses to see, resulting in some collisions leading to cutting injuries. Besides, these fences should be constructed correctly by professionals to ensure proper balance of the tensioned strands.
Farm Ranch Gates
There is a lot of variety with these types of gates attached to fences. They can be made out of different items and have various aspects. For example, some farm gates are made out of tubular pipes, some have wooden gates, and others can also include steel frame mesh gates.
Farm ranch gates are usually long-lasting because of the materials they are made out of. The only upkeep aspect about them is that they may have to be repainted every so often. They are also highly visible to avoid any accidents of your horses running into these fences. You have to make sure to keep an eye on your horses when the gates are being opened so that they do not run out.
Split Rail Fence
Split rail fences look like board fences but are more rustic because they are not smooth boards. They are boards with many different angles, usually constructed 10’ O.C. We also offer this style in several rail counts with ranging heights of 36”, 48”, and 60”.
Since these fences look so rustic, they naturally blend in well with the environment. They add rustic charm and are pretty cost-effective. Unfortunately, because these fences are so open and minimal, it does limit privacy on your land.
No matter how big or small your land area is for your horses, we want to make sure you pick the best option for you! At Long Fence, we have experts that can install all 6 of these fence styles for you and your horses. Aside from picking your fence style, we can help ensure that there are no escape routes for your horses, that the fence is perfectly straight, and that the fence stays sturdy if bad weather occurs or a tree falls on it.