Planning Your Fence
Do you have an upcoming fencing project or looking to add horse stalls to your barn or facility? Our planning guide provides you with many useful tips and many different product options to fit any budget. If you're looking to map out all of your next steps, this project planner is for you!
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Horse fence can be one of the most attractive features of a horse facility, but not all fence is suitable for horses. Fencing is a major capital investment that should be carefully planned before construction. Most horses are in their pasture 50%-100% of the time, every time. A mature horse weighs between 1,200 to 1,800 pounds and will contact your fence at some point. This is why it's important to make your pasture as safe as possible by choosing a fence system that's suitable for your horses.
A fence should keep horses on the property and keep away nuisances such as dogs and other unwanted visitors. Fences aid facility management by allowing controlled grazing and segregating groups of horses according to age, sex, 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 non-maintained 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 (and regretfully), these owners will have to pay for veterinary bills to treat their 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. Consider different horse groups; stallions, weanlings, mares, mares with foals, and geldings all have different fencing requirements.
Pasture use may range from exercise paddocks (corrals) to grazing or hay production. Paddock layout should allow for ease of management,
Can't fence all of your property at once? No need to worry; RAMM can help you determine your long-term farm and barn needs for your horses. You can break it down into phases and complete your project(s) in a timeframe that works for your schedule! It's always better to know your goal, rather than "adding on" because, without a plan, your facility can become unorganized, which will lengthen the time it takes you to do your daily chores.
Have questions? We welcome you to give us a call at 1-800-416-1860 or visit our fence planning FAQs webpage. RAMM has been in the equine industry for over 30 years and have experts you can speak with today!