Fencing

Very few items are as important for the well-being of your horses as electric horse fencing. Electric fence kits are quick to setup and easy to maintain. Electric fencing supplies can help your animals stay safe, protected, and out of trouble within a designated area.

Effective fencing helps keep a horse enclosed to a specific area, keeping it safe and preventing it from straying or getting into any unwanted locations. The type of fence needed depends on the type of horse. For example, a high single-rail fence can keep in a 17-hand warmblood, but may allow enough room for a Shetland pony to walk underneath.

Weight should also be taken into account because a large draft horse could push through a fence that may be enough to contain a pony. A fence can also be less effective during the winter months; snow drifts reduce the effective height and can make gaps in hedges.

Fences

Post and rail fences are considered the standard when it comes to fencing. They are strong, sturdy, and attractive. Although the next best thing to hedges, it can get expensive. Good weather-resistant lumber with a nontoxic preservative should be used.

If well-built with the wire stretched tight, a plain round wire fence may serve as a protective barrier. Use five or six strands, with the bottom one at least 12" above the ground. Use markers, such as strips of white cloth, so that the wires are visible because there is always a possibility that the horse won’t see them and may gallop directly into the fence.

Tape fencing consists of strong plastic tape stretched between wooden posts. It may not look as traditional as post and rail fencing, but it is cheaper and can be just as effective and can be set up with an electric current. The white tape is also highly visible, and is long-lasting because the material doesn’t rot.

Electric fencing is effective, especially if used with another fence. When a horse touches the wire, it receives a small shock, so this should not be used with a thin-skinned horse. The wire should be made visible for safety. The wire does not provide a sufficient barrier if the current is off; horses are intelligent enough to learn that they will only get shocked when they hear the characteristic clicking that the fence makes while it is active.

Check fences regularly and repair them if necessary before a horse escapes or injures itself. Wire strands can stretch and may possibly need to be tightened. The sections of the post that are buried under the ground rot faster than the exposed sections, so they should be checked carefully.

Gates

Gates should open into the field so that the horse cannot push its way out. Wooden gates are relatively light. It is worth fitting good-quality hinges and fastenings because these make opening and closing the gate much easier.

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