Proper fencing helps to keep both horses and people safe and happy.
There are several things to consider when considering fencing for horses. First, since a horse has limited eyesight, a fence should be highly visible, especially to running or startled animals. Second, it must be solid enough to repel a running horse, but still flexible enough to prevent injury if a horse runs into it. Special attention needs to be paid to make sure there are no sharp edges or projections on the fence, like nail heads or wire ends, because you don’t want anything that could cut the horse. There can’t be openings in the fence or spaces between boards, rails, or wire that are big enough for a head or hoof to pass through and then get trapped. Finally, the fence must be tall enough to discourage jumping. We recommend that perimeter fences should be 5 feet high, while other dividing fences should be about 4½ to 5 feet high.
A fence can be a major investment. In addition to the cost of materials, you should consider the cost of maintenance. As a horse owner, you must balance both installation costs and the maintenance costs when determining what type of fencing to purchase.
An attractive and well-maintained fence promotes pride in ownership, increases property value, and gives an impression of professionalism. However, safety, affordability, durability, and functionality are all more important factors to consider.
The most common fencing materials are wood, metal, and wire. Some of our fencing systems combine more than one material. We can talk about all of the pros and cons of all materials before making a choice, during our free consultation. Wood is one of the most popular materials available for horse fences. Wood can be used for posts, braces, boards, or rails.
Wood is rated for above ground, soil and freshwater contact, permanent wood foundation, and saltwater use. Fasteners used with this lumber are typically hot-dipped galvanized or stainless steel.
Metal can be used for posts, rails, and wire and as hardware to secure other fencing materials. Steel is the preferred material because of its strength and durability. Stainless steel fasteners can be used if needed for added corrosion protection.
Wire fencing is typically galvanized steel, but stainless steel and aluminum are used as well. Galvanized steel wire offers good strength and corrosion resistance at a reasonable cost.
Whatever your need, Steadfast Fence has the materials, the knowhow, and the price that best fits your budget and your horse corral needs.