Horse fencing can be one of the most attractive features of your entire property. But not all fencing is suitable for horses. Fencing is a major capital investment that should be carefully planned before the construction process begins. This is where expertise in this area truly pays off; the fencing experts at Northeastern Fences are the ones you can trust for all of your fencing needs.
A fence should keep horses on the property and keep nuisances such as dogs and unwanted visitors away. Fences aid facility management by allowing controlled grazing and segregating groups of horses according to sex, age, value, or use.
Well-constructed and maintained fences enhance the aesthetics and value of a stable facility, which in turn complements marketing efforts. Poorly planned, haphazard, unsafe, or unmaintained fences will detract from a facility’s value and reflect poor management. Good fences can be formal or informal in appearance, yet all should be well built and carefully planned. Many experienced horse owners will relay stories about the savings for cheaper, but unsafe, horse fence (e.g. barbed wire) eventually being paid for in veterinary bills to treat injured horses.
Often, more than one kind of fence is used at a facility. Different fences might be installed for grazing pastures, exercise paddocks, riding areas, or for securing property lines. Land topography influences the look, effectiveness, and installation of fencing.
Pasture use may range from exercise paddocks (corrals) to grazing or hay production. Paddock layout should allow for ease of management, including movement of horses, removal of manure, and care of the footing surface. Pasture design should allow field equipment, such as mowers, manure spreaders, and other equipment, to enter and maneuver easily. This will reduce fence damage by machinery and the time needed to work in the field.
In order to select the best fence, you must first understand its purpose. The true test of a fence’s worth is not when horses are peacefully grazing, but when an excited horse contacts the fence in an attempt to escape or because he never saw it during a playful romp. How will the fence and horse hold up under these conditions? A horse’s natural instinct is to flee from perceived danger has an effect on fence design. Like other livestock, horses will bolt suddenly, but since they are larger and faster, they hit the fence with more force. Also, horses fight harder than other livestock to free themselves when trapped in a fence. There are many types of effective horse fencing, but there is no best fence. Each fencing type has its inherent tradeoffs.
The ideal fence should be highly visible to your horses; they are far-sighted and look to the horizon as they scan their environment for danger. Therefore, even when fencing is relatively close, it needs to be substantial enough to be visible. A fence should be secure enough to contain a horse that runs into in without causing injury or fence damage.
The ideal fence should have some give to it to minimize injury upon impact. It should be high enough to discourage jumping and solid enough to discourage testing its strength. It should have no openings that could trap a head or hoof. The ideal fence should not have sharp edges or projections that can injure a horse that’s leaning, scratching, or falling into it. It should be inexpensive to install, easy to maintain, and last 20 years or more. And finally, it should look appealing.
Unfortunately, no type of fence fits all the criteria perfectly. Often there is a place for more than one type of fence on a horse facility. Stable management objectives and price ultimately determine which fencing is chosen. Many new fence materials and hybrids of traditional and new materials are now available. If you’d like to know more about our horse fencing, give us a call at (518) 767-9316 or stop by our showroom. We can help you decide which fencing is right for you and your property. Call or stop by today!