If you are thinking of building a horse fence to keep your animals out of a sowing field or away from danger, you have a few different options from which to choose. There are pros and cons to each of the fence designs, and this article will try to explain them to you. When considering a type of horse fence to install on your property, you will need to consider the cost of the fence; the security and safety it provides for your horses; and how the fence will look on your property. With that in mind, here are some horse fencing ideas for you to consider.
1. Kentucky Fences
If you're looking for a more traditional type of horse fence, then you should consider the classic Kentucky fence. A Kentucky fence is simply a wood post and rail fence that uses older lumber or aged wood. Post holes are dug into the ground and posts are inserted. Then wooden rails are either nailed or notched to create a more rural and authentic Western fence look.
2. Metal Pipe Fencing
If ease of installation is a concern, then you might want to consider one of the several types of metal pipe fencing that is available. Horse fencing made out of prefabricated metal pipe comes in preformed sections that are easily connected with hinges or bolts. The fabricated metal fencing can then be easily removed and rearranged to create a corral type area for your horses.
3. Split Rail Fencing
Split rail fencing allows you to combine a couple of different methods when creating a fence for your horses. For example, you can easily create a split rail fence that uses wooden posts and rails at the bottom and then install wire mesh at the top of the wooden base. This allows younger colts and foals the ability to easily see out over the fence, and also provides a more open feeling for the horses. However, older horses may tend to chew on wire mesh, which will require replacing the wire mesh in some cases.
4. Lattice Panel Options
You can also use heavy-duty lattice panels and posts to create a very attractive horse fence. If you choose lattice panels that are between three and five feet tall, you can connect them with wood screws to larger posts that are similar to those used in a Kentucky fence. A lattice panel fence can then be painted and help to enhance the look of your horse field or pasture.
5. Chain Link Fencing
Although not as popular as some other horse fence options, chain-link fencing still remains one of the most secure fencing options for your animals. If safety and security is a primary concern for your horses, then the strength and durability of chain-link fencing makes it an excellent choice.
6. Electric Fence Options
You can use electric fence wire options with any of the above types of horse fencing. However, you should never use electric fencing as your only fencing product. In addition, you should also avoid using barbed wire with electric fencing as your horses can get caught in the barbed wire and be electrocuted.