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Best Types of Fencing for Ranches

You invest time, money and pride into your ranch. You need to protect your investment with a quality fence that will withstand natural elements and potential damage from animals (both your own and unwanted outsiders). While there are many fencing solutions available on the market today, there are only a few that will qualify as quality ranch fences.

When considering a fence for your ranch, you will want to ensure that it will be durable, affordable to secure such a wide expanse of space and of course, and attractive enough to complement the natural beauty of your ranch.

With so many fencing options available, it can be overwhelming to choose the perfect one. In this post we’ve taken the guesswork out for you; read on to discover some of our favorite fencing choices for ranches!

Cedar Split Rail

When people think of fencing on Texas ranches, they think of cedar split rail fences. While cedar split rail fences can be used in any fencing situation, their rustic look fits perfectly on a ranch. This fencing type can be used throughout the perimeter of the property, or as enclosures for cattle, horses and pets.

Cedar wood is extremely durable, however, it’s most notable quality is wearability. As cedar ages, it continues to hold up against animals and weather conditions. If you’re concerned about the gaps in between the rails, we can add woven wire along the fence to contain or restrain smaller animals.

Horse Rail

In case it wasn’t clear, horse rail fences are a perfect solution for horses. This is a newer fence design that looks similar to cedar split rail fences, but instead of using split cedar, it uses vinyl or dimensional lumber. To create the horse rail fencing, we take 5-inch wide vinyl that is stretched between wires, which gives it an appearance of wood. The vinyl is then installed in a similar fashion to a cedar split rail or a board fence, with gaps in between the rails.

Because horse rail fences take advantage of vinyl, this fencing choice is very low maintenance. Vinyl rarely requires repairs because of its durability and longevity.
Although vinyl horse rail is very low maintenance and rarely requires repairs it is more of an aesthetic solution rather than effective. Horses can be very rough on a fence in which case you may opt for the sturdier lumber choice.

Cattle Panels

Cattle panels are typically used as livestock enclosures, but we have installed them around property perimeters as well. We install this fencing type by taking galvanized square panels and frame them in western red cedar. The panels give the fence an industrial look, while the cedar brings the rustic charm a ranch needs. This creates the perfect balance to bring to your property.

Fencing can be overwhelming with the variety of options available on the market today, but hopefully this blog post has given you a better idea of fences you should include on your ranch. If you’re ready to get your project started, or want to ask a few more questions, give us a call today!



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