Top 5 Important Issues in Horse Fences You Need to Know
Posted by Rajiv Partap Singh on May 24th, 2017
There are many types of horse fences and each has its own pros and cons. It is generally advised that you should avoid the cheap fencing options which are costly to maintain. Another important factor you need to consider is the safety. Is the fence safe for the horses? Sufficiency and efficiency are also important factors. Can the fence hold and keep the horse in the compound or paddock?
The following are some other important issues in horse fencing you need to know.
Horse fencing for crowded areas:
A fencing for an area or paddock where horses are crowded must be strong and safe for all. Horses are playful animals and when they are enclosed there in, some may try to jump over. If the fence has holes or openings, it may trap the animal’s hooves.
For controlled sections:
The fencing for rotational or controlled grazing requires cross or temporary fencing. In addition to these features, it should also be safe. In most cases, the temporary electric fence is used for fencing controlled horse paddocks. The young horses should be trained ion how this fence operates so they can avoid getting close to the wires. Professional fence installers also offer the training and so they can do the job.
Do not forget the terrain:
As you think of the suitable horse fence, you need to keep in mind the terrain of the space to be fenced. If the site is too steep, or too rocky some types of fences may not be suitable. Similarly, of the area is wet or near the seas shore, you should consider fencing option that is resistant to oxidation and rusting, such as for example the galvanized wire mesh.
Check presence of trees:
If there are trees within the site or paddock where you need to contain the horses, it is important to ensure that they are fenced off. In most cases, the horses just strip off the bark off trees that are within their reach. The dead branches of trees can also be a serious health hazard. Some of naturally growing trees can also be poisonous to the horses and their dead limbs may impale the animals.
Fencing near roads, schools, near neighbors farms or graze fields, etc., should be high enough
Although six feet is the standard height for horse fences, if your paddocks or horse grazing field is near highway, schools, near neighbor’s farms or graze fields, etc., should be higher than this if necessary. You may also have to combine two types of fencing such as mesh wire and electric in order to ensure total containment of the horse.
In addition these top 5 issues, it is also important to consider flexibility versus portability. Although we all love anything flexible, when it comes to the fencing of horses, you need to check whether the flexible fencing option can effectively contain the horses. Never gamble on the safety of the horses as the consequences may be costly. Can you imagine the damage the horse can do to your neighbor’s agricultural fields if it escapes? Can you also imagine the risk of predator sneaking in to the field when you are away?