3 Safe Options For Fencing Horses

Today’s fences are not just about wood rail and barbed wire strung along the edge of your property. We’ve moved far beyond that. Today there are a variety of fencing options available that are meant to both protect the horses enclosed within and provide a nice aesthetic addition to the property it’s built on. But with a lot of choice comes the overwhelming duty of choosing. It’s easy for even the most intelligent person to become confused when they have to research pricing, safety, durability, materials, and more for every fence they consider. This is why we suggest that you first learn about the different types of fencing so you can decide which is best for you, and then go from there.

Polymer Strand Fences

Small but mighty, polymer strand fences come out to about 4mm in diameter. They do not contain steel wires, which means if your horse somehow becomes entangled in it they will not have the fence tightened around them, like they would with wire fences. Highly durable, these fences have 1000+ lb break strengths, and the ability to bounce back to its original shape.

Even though there are only a few safety concerns, they are still worth mentioning. They should not come into contact with metal posts, meaning if you want to use metal posts you need to find a way to keep them from touching the fence itself. Use a protective sleeve. You do not need to use anything electric with it, but we recommend it since the fence has good stretching capacity and horses will try to lean on it anyway.

Cost: $0.14 – $0.21 /ft per line

Finding More Information And Asking More Questions

  1. Finish Line Fence: http://finishlinefence.net/
  2. Cameo Fencing

High-Tensile Polymer Rail Fences

These highly flexible rails also boast fantastic visibility. A tough polymer coating covers three high-tensile steel wires in this version. With features such as a 4200 lb. break strength, and continuous tension that doesn’t care about temperature fluctuation, Centaur HTP fencing systems offer this as well as superior durability. This means less maintenance for you to perform.

Want a beautiful and aesthetically pleasing fence without all of the maintenance that comes with it/ Try rail fencing, which is built to do all this and more, without breaking your back over it. They can look like traditional wood or PVC rail fences. Your choice! They can also enhance the strength and viability features of your other fences while keeping them all looking good.

Live Electric Rail Is Also An Option

Hot Rail HTP Fence is proud to offer the safest electric fencing options that are available on the market today. It’s well known that even one hot wire installed on your fence can mean bigger dangers for your horses, such as the risk of entanglement and further injury. Hot Rail HTP helps increase visibility while offering broad, flexible rails instead of the usual live wires you see around. Should a horse come into contact with the fence, a broad rail will spread shock absorption throughout, which means a lot lower chance of injury for the horse. Try one or two of these rails in your fence to prevent your horse from leaning.

Paired with an electric fence charger like Gallagher’s S17 charger (solar) this is one of our favorite options.

Cost: Under $1 /ft per rail

Finding More Information And Asking More Questions

  1. Centaur Fencing: http://www.centaurfencing.net/
  2. Horse Rail

No Climb Fence

The “non-climb fence” family is made of galvanized wires built in a V-mesh pattern that offers flexibility upon impact, and reduces injury risks. When it’s properly installed and tightened, non-climb fencing practically eliminates all risk of limb entanglement since the spaces within the mesh are far too small for a horse to even get a hoof through. To prevent horses from leaning over the fence, we recommend installing this type of fence with electric top rail or a solid rail. Make sure that there is proper bracing so the mesh fence always remains taut.

Cost: $1.39 – $1.89 /ft (whole fence height)

Finding More Information And Asking More Questions

  1. Redbrand
  2. Ramm Fence

What Next?

Customer reviews with no or little bias is one of the greatest tools when searching for safe fencing options. These reviews are made to help you learn more about maintenance issues and the lifespans of all the fencing products you’re currently considering. While brand websites will certainly have reviews, keep in mind that they are cultivated to all be positive. It helps to check out personal reviews on blogs and forums to get a better idea of what you’re buying.