When keeping horses, it's important to give them a safe area to move around in. This is typically a large fenced-in area. With all the different options, however, it can be hard to figure out just which type of horse fencing is the best. Consider the following attributes when selecting a fence for your horse.
The fence should be strong enough to keep the horses in should the horses kick it or lean against it. One of the strongest types of fencing is pipe fencing. However, pipe fencing can be very expensive and it could injure a horse that runs into it, as there isn't any give. Adding electricity gives the option of using a less strong material, as the horses quickly learn that if they touch the fence, they get a shock.
A horse can get injured if it doesn't see a fence and runs into it. Some types of smooth wire fencing aren't particularly visible, although coating the wire in white PVC can help make it a little easier to see. This is one reason why electric tape is often used instead of wires. Horse rail, which is made from PVC and often used along with an electric wire strung along the top, is a very visible option as well.
Some types of fencing are dangerous to use with horses, such as the type with large square mesh or barbed wire. Barbed wire can cut a horse or trap it, while a horse could get a hoof stuck in large mesh openings. Wood, woven wire and v-mesh wire are better alternatives. The fence needs to be at least 4 1/2 feet tall and the bottom shouldn't be any more than 8 inches from the ground.
Wire and tape fencing aren't that attractive, so if appearance is important, wood or horse rail may be the best options. Horse rail looks similar to wood fencing but doesn't need as much maintenance and limits the risks of the horse getting trapped in the fence. It is flexible as well, so if a horse runs into it, it's more likely to bend than to break. Wood fencing needs a lot more maintenance than many other types of fencing, as the horses may damage the fence by chewing on it, leaning on the fence or running into it. The weather can also damage it over time. PVC fencing looks nice, but is expensive and breaks easily under pressure. Adding a single line of electric wire can help minimize these problems, but boards may still need to be regularly replaced.
If you have any other questions about which fence will be best for your horse, talk to a company like Rapasadi Fence.