When it comes to making a horse fence, you need the best materials to keep your animals safe and secure. There are several types of horse fences, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. When you purchase materials, you need to consider the strength, durability, lifespan and safety of each part.
One of the most time honored traditions in horse care is the wooden fence. Depending on how they are built, and the materials used, these fences have different levels of strength and safety. If you want the fence to withstand temperature and climate change, you need to use hard, treated wood. Some varieties of cedar don’t need to be treated, but can be expensive and hard to find. Another reason to use hard wood is your horse. Horses have a tendency to chew on wood, especially soft wood. This habit splinters the wood and can injure the horse.
Metal fences can be the safest fences or the most dangerous. Never use barbed wire to fence in your horse as it will tear at an animal's flesh, causing severe injury. Another metal to avoid is string metal. If this wire is not hot, the horse can get tangled up in the wire and hurt itself. This metal is not visible and will cause an escaping horse to trip. The safest metal to use is mesh. It is more visible and protects the horse’s feet if it tries to escape. Woven metal fences are cheap, making them a popular choice.
Synthetic materials can be made to look like wood fences. The best quality fences have a lifetime warranty. Good synthetic fences are also treated for UV rays. Without this treatment, the fence will not survive past the first few years. Vinyl is one of the most popular synthetic materials available. It will last longer than wood, but it is much more expensive. Some fences are a combination of metal and synthetic materials. The synthetic materials are used to make the fence more visible to the horse.
Pipe fences need to be set in concrete. They are rustproof and long lasting, but lack the aesthetic value of some other fences. Like any other fence, your horse will try to escape, you need to make sure the concrete is strong and well set to prevent injury.
Hot wires are technically metal fences. These wires have a current of electricity running through them that discourages horses from getting to close. A hot wire can be run over the top rail of any fence, acting as an added deterrent to a determined horse. Horses do not like to stay penned in. If they can, they will negotiate any fence you put in place. A hot wire helps prevent them from figuring out your current system.
Once your system is in place, is should need minimum upkeep. However, don’t let this keep you from constantly paying attention to your horse’s habits and the condition of the fence.