While we love our pets, they can be curious creatures, and it’s our responsibility to protect them from any danger they run into. This is the case for horses as well; the best way to prevent horses from getting out of their corral and into dangerous territory is with a high-quality fence. To ensure your horses stay contained and safe try out one of these following horse fence options.
1. Woven Wire Fences
If you want a clean looking fence that will be sure to keep your horses from getting out and other animals from getting in, look no further than a woven wire fence. Like the name suggests, the main component of a woven wire fence is wire that’s woven into squares. Woven wire fences are a great option for horses because even if a horse does try to escape, this fencing option will ensure they’re not injured in the process. The woven wire should be attached to sturdy posts to appropriately handle the weight of the wire and any impact the fence may receive. With proper maintenance, woven wire fences can last around 20 years.
2. Horse Rail Fences
If you were to think of a horse fence likely the first image that would pop in your head would be of a horse rail fence. Horse rail fences are completely composed with wood – often cedar – and involve horizontal planks and vertical posts. In a typical horse rail fence, three horizontal pickets are added to the vertical posts with gaps in between. The gaps will allow you to see your horses, and them to see out, but they aren’t large enough for escaping or posing a risk to the health of your horses. As with all wood fences, horse rail fences are extremely durable and relatively low maintenance; all we recommend is periodically staining your wood fence to prevent premature decaying and to add rich color.
3. Horse Rail – Crossbuck Design
While we described the standard horse rail fence in the section above, there are also popular variations of this classic style. One of these variations in the crossbuck design. A horse rail fence with a crossbuck design uses horizontal planks and vertical posts as in the standard design, but as opposed to simply three horizontal planks throughout the line of fence, four boards are used with a cross or X-shape on the top. Two of the four planks are placed horizontally, while the cross is placed on top. Not only does this provide an extra dimension of visual interest, but the extra planks further limit any gaps.
4. 8-Foot Fences
While an eight-foot tall fence isn’t necessarily a specific type of fence, if you have a jumper on your hands, having this extra height could certainly be beneficial. Although many of our fencing options can be designed to be eight-foot tall, we most commonly create wire variations of these extra tall fences. You can select from horse wire, woven wire, or even barbed or chain link variations for your fence; no matter which type you choose you can rest assured your horses will stay safe and contained.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution for your horses or property, a fencing professional can ensure proper fence installation and answer any questions on the right horse fence for your lifestyle.