5 Tips For First Time Horse Fence Buyers | Equine Fencing
As the horse industry continues to “boom”, more and more people are owning horses for the first time, or finally bringing them home from boarding. With that comes the task of fencing, building or renovating a barn, and many other things that go along with horse care.
While every fencing situation is unique, there are some general guidelines that first-time fencers should follow:
TIP 1: Planning is key for any project.
Allow yourself enough time to choose a fence system and then complete the job properly. Finding a knowledgeable source for help can mean the difference between a fence that will last for years, and a system that needs to be replaced after a few years.
TIP 2: Remember that you get what you pay for. Fence posts are the backbone of any fence system!
Trying to save money by not using bracing and concrete, or buying posts that are not pressure treated often costs you more in the long run. Proper structure is crucial to the life of your fence.
TIP 3: So many times, the difference between a good fence and a bad fence is one vet bill.
Think about this when determining your budget and ask yourself, “Am I allowing enough in my budget to purchase a system that will provide my horses with a safer pasture?” Consider the long-term maintenance of your system as well. A cheaper alternative may cost you more down the road because of maintenance and replacement costs.
TIP 4: Choose fencing that is made for horses.
While this may sound simple, so many people choose a fence just because they are familiar with it, not because it is the best fence for their horse. Barbed wire and bare high-tensile wire may work for some livestock, but these fences were not designed for horses. The material is hard for horses to see, and if a horse runs into the fence, it can cause nasty cuts and gashes. While PVC fencing looks pretty, it was not designed to contain livestock. The material can become brittle in cold temperatures, and should your horse kick or run into it, the fence can shatter and leave sharp pieces. PVC is best when used as a decorative fence, but if you do decide to use it for horses, adding electric fence with it can help keep your horse from contacting the fence.
TIP 5: There are many factors that determine which fence system will get the job done for you.
The size, breed and temperament of your horses, whether they are mares or stallions, your soil conditions, if the area is grassy or a dry lot, how much time the horses will spend in pasture, dimensions of the area you want to fence and many other things all come into play. Give as much information as you can so the right recommendation can be made.
When planning your fencing project, it’s important to work with a reputable company that is concerned about you and your horses. A true professional will take the time to help you put together a project that will get the job done right, the first time. Contact us today and let us help you through your project, from planning to completion.