Building a horse corral fencing on your backyard is ideal for keeping your horse from running around the property and possibly damaging something. Aside from a horse, the fencing would also be ideal for keeping other livestock at bay, and it would create a kind of country appeal to your back yard. Corral fences can also be used for marking the boundaries of your property and they can create a natural appearance to the whole scene because of the way they blend with the landscape. Since it is more durable than some types of fencing and it is easy to repair, it would be more convenient to build a horse fencing instead. In addition, the materials that are needed for the project can easily be purchased from your local hardware store.
Step 1 - Measuring the Area
Begin your fencing by first marking the area where you want the fencing to be installed. If you are going to use it to mark your property as well, you would have to follow the lines of your boundary.
Step 2 - Digging Holes for the Posts
Start your fencing by digging holes for the fence posts with a shovel or post digger. This is the most tiring part of the whole project so you might have to do it early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the heat of the day. Each of the post holes should be dug at least 12 inches or 1 foot into the ground. Space them at the same distance from each other which is usually 8 feet.
Step 3 - Measuring the Fence Height
Your horse fence should reach up to the chest area of a horse or around 4 feet. measure the height of the post accordingly with the measuring tape. This will prevent the horse or other livestock that you put in it from jumping over the fence.
Step 4 - Nailing the Rails
Three rows of railing are needed for your horse fence. Nail the topmost railing first and this should be done near the top of the posts so that only a few inches of posting is above the rails. Space the remaining two railings below the topmost rail by measuring a third of the height of the post for each rail. Secure each railing with one nail on both ends first so that you can adjust them.
Step 5 - Leveling the Rail
To ensure that a railing is level, you can put a level on top of each railing. Adjust them by pulling out the nail from one end and making the necessary correction. Alternatively, you can step back and gauge the level of each railing visually if you do not have a level.
Step 6 - Securing the Railings
Once you are satisfied that all railings are level, you can make them more secure by nailing them on each of the posts with more nails. Since the fencing would be outside, it would be best if you could use galvanized nails since they have the ability to resist rust better.
You may use treated wood on the horse fence to prolong the life of your fence but if you have a horse that chew on wood, the chemical used in treating it could endanger the life of your animal.