When you own horses, keeping them contained is a top priority for their safety and wellbeing. When it comes to your horse fencing options, certain types of materials should never be used for safety reasons. Horses want to roam, and you never want to install a type of fencing that could harm your animal if it were to try to run through or jump over the fence. Nor do you want the head of one of your horses to become stuck in a fence if it tries to stick its head out to graze. You can trust Northeastern Fencing to construct a safe and reliable fencing system that has been specialized for horses. We would like to tell you more about the fencing materials that we use to build horse fences.

Keep Your Horses Safe at Home With A Specialized Horse Fence - Albany NY - Northeastern FencesWhich types of fencing materials should never be used to construct a horse fence?

Two types of fencing materials can be very dangerous to use to contain horses, according to The Horse Channel. The first type of these materials is barbed wire. If your horse were to attempt to jump over or run through a fence made from barbed wire, it could entrap the horse and even rip its hide and severely damage its tendons and other exposed internal structures. You should also never use large square mesh to build a horse fence. If the square mesh openings are larger than three inches square, there is a risk of a horse trapping its hoof in the fence.

Which types of materials are recommended to build specialized horse fences?

  • WOOD

Although wood is an excellent choice for building horse fences because of its strength and visibility, it can be expensive to build a large fencing system with wood. Wooden horse fences also require a lot of maintenance because of weather damage and horse bites.

  • PVC

A PVC horse fence is a beautiful addition to your property; however, this material can also be very costly. PVC is designed to break under pressure, so it is recommended to be used with some sort of electric fencing to keep your horses from leaning on the fence and breaking it.

  • WIRE

Woven wire horse fencing is an inexpensive option to keep your horses contained, although it works best in combination with an electric fence. V-mesh wire, or no-climb, fencing is one of the safest materials to use to construct a horse fence, but it can be expensive. Smooth wire fences are great if you are on a budget, but they can be difficult for horses to see and should be coated with white PVC.


Electric wire and tape are inexpensive and safe options for horse fencing materials. While this type of material is able to be used alone, it can also be used in conjunction with any other type of fence. Electric fencing can increase the effectiveness and lifespan of other fencing materials.

Looking for a way to keep your horses safe at home? Call us at 518-767-9316 to learn more about our specialized horse fences.