Safe and Reliable Horse Fence Installation

Long® Fence Supports AFA Guidelines for Reliable and Safe Horse Fence Installation

Arlington, VA – September 10, 2010 – Long® Fence, one of the largest commercial fencing contractors on the East Coast, and a long-time provider of agricultural fencing, supports guidelines issued by the American Fence Association (AFA) for installing safe, reliable equine fencing.

Fencing is one of the most important investments you’ll make for your farm or ranch. Proper installation and the right type of fence is the key to preventing horse fence failure. Some horse owners install their own fences, but most rely on a professional contractor to ensure that their valuable horses are safely enclosed. A properly constructed, professionally installed fence will last longer, look nicer and protect horses better than one that is not installed correctly.

AFA Guidelines for Agricultural Fencing

The AFA recommends insisting upon the following when hiring a fence contractor:

1. Product Samples: Reputable fence contractors have product samples available so consumers can see the differences among materials.

2. Written Contracts: Before the start of any job, the horse owner and fence contractor should come to a written agreement about materials and installation. The written contract should specify exactly what the owner expects the fence contractor to deliver.

3. Certificates of Insurance: Fence contractors should show proof of insurance.

4. References: Horse owners should ask for and check references of the fence contractor. Ask the reference if the contractor finished the fence on time, installed it properly and stayed within budget.

Styles of Agricultural Fencing

Long® Fence offers many types of farm and ranch fencing in order to address the five top concerns about horse fencing: containment, safety, budget, maintenance and aesthetics. Wood board, vinyl, horse rail, high tensile, poly coated and woven wire will suit almost all safety, containment and budgetary needs with different levels of required maintenance. Quality horse fencing, properly installed, should contain horses safely, keep stray animals out, facilitate pasture rotation, reduce liability, keep livestock from wandering and serve as a visible reminder of property lines. Safe horse fencing will have some flexibility in order to minimize injuries should a horse accidentally run into it, be highly visible, and shouldn’t have anything that would snag or trap a horse.

“One of our best-kept secrets is the knowledge and expertise we have when it comes to agricultural fencing,” said Chris Jenkins, commercial sales manager of Long® Fence. “As a horse owner, I know how important these animals are to their owners and the level of investment associated with them. I’m pleased to say with over 65 years of experience in the industry, Long® Fence can offer a level of trust to our agricultural fence clients that is hard to find elsewhere.”

About Long® Fence

Long® Fence, a family owned business in operation since 1945, primarily serves the mid-Atlantic region from Pennsylvania to Georgia, however large scale government or industrial installations can be found in most of the United States. Long® Fence installs all types of fencing including controlled access and perimeter security, sports stadiums, educational facilities and parks and recreation. Notable projects include Baltimore Gas & Electric, American University, Maryland National Capital Park & Planning Commission and Tysons Corner.

For more information, call 888-220-5664 or visit Long® Fence.