Horse Enclosure 101: Choosing Fences

Horse Enclosure 101: Choosing Fences

26 July 2021
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If you've recently decided to purchase some horses, the first thing that you need to do is create secure areas to keep your horses in. You'll need to have not only the barn, but you will also need a fenced-in paddock or pasture for the horses to graze and roam freely. The fence needs to be strong and durable enough to hold up to troublesome horses who are trying to break free. Here's a look at some of the things you should think about when you're planning your horse fence.

Consider The Height

The first thing that you need to think about is the height of your fences. If any of the horses you're investing in have a history of jumping, or if any of them are retired show jumpers, you will want to create a taller fence to discourage them from escaping the area.

Aim for a fence that's at least five feet high so that it reaches up to the withers of each horse. If you're investing in horses that are taller, like larger-breed stallions, you may want to add an extra foot to the height of your fence.

Think About The Material

You'll also have to decide what type of material you want your fence made from. Wood is a popular choice for horse fences because of its affordability, but you'll have to keep it painted and sealed to avoid weather damage. Additionally, if you want to minimize the risk of cribbing, you should also include metal caps on the fence posts and covers on the top rails. 

Steel fencing is another popular choice for horse fencing because the horses won't chew it like they can with a wood fence. Additionally, it's also easy to maintain because it won't require painting the way that wood does.

You can also consider other fence types, such as PVC and electric fences. You may want to talk with your fence contractor about these options and explain that you'll be using the fence for a horse enclosure. Your fence contractor can help you choose the right material.

Choose Your Gates

Horse paddocks and pastures will require gates for giving the horses access to the area when they leave the barn. You'll also need those gates to be able to get in and out of the pastures yourself. Talk with your fence contractors about the strongest, most durable gates since they will be opening and closing repeatedly during the day. You need gates that will hold up to that use, so consider including metal gates even if you install wood fences.

Talk with your local fence contractor today to find the right fence for your horse enclosures.