When you’re the manager of a farm, a stable, or another business that focuses on the care of horses, there is so much you need to worry about on a daily basis. Anytime your profession involves the health and safety of a living creature, the stakes certainly feel (and should be) much higher. That being said, something you always need to be mindful of is how you’re keeping your horses contained, and whether or not that method is what’s in the best interest of the animals.
Why The Horse Fencing You Use Matters So Much
It might not seem like something you would need to focus on that much, but in reality any type of fencing you use needs to be thought out. This applies whether you’re in the agriculture industry, working with livestock, or even just what you set up around an office building for security purposes. You need to keep your horses (or any other animals involved) safe, but you also can’t neglect the maintenance portion.
Always Be Mindful of Maintenance Time and Costs
The idea of fencing is that it is a permanent installation for border/protection purposes, but the reality is that things deteriorate over time, and the effectiveness can lessen due to a number of factors. Part of your responsibilities are always checking the various portions of fencing, and making sure that it’s not only intact, but also that the strength is still high enough to deal with active animals. Having to do this on a regular basis means you (or someone who works for you) are spending less time focusing on opportunities to help your business grow. This is why, especially if you’re looking to revamp your current fencing situation, you should partner with an experienced and reputable company who can provide guidance. The company you work with should help in the bigger decision making process, but here is what you need to know about different types of horse fencing, and why there is really only one that you can depend on.
Wood Fencing Won’t Last
Probably you’re most common type of fencing, it’s also one of the oldest used around the world. Easy to obtain, and even easier to use it in a way that fits your needs, the versatility of wood fencing is part of why it’s so popular. Besides using it as barrier fencing around any spaces where horses might need to graze, you’ll often see wooden agriculture posts used by farmers to help with crop growth.
However, one of the biggest issues with wood, even with something like treated lumber, is its durability. As soon as wood is exposed to the elements, especially being dug into the ground, the structural integrity can be compromised. If you’re in a place where it rains a lot, the water will begin to weaken the wood, and it can rot or crack. Not all wood posts are the same (due to the nature of the material), and so you’ll start to see certain portions of fencing failing sooner than others. This means there is more of a maintenance need, whether it’s frequent inspections, or actual replacement of portions of the fencing. This means you spending time and resources, which would be better spent had you invested in better quality fencing.
PVC and Plastic Might Not Be Worth The Cost
Another very popular fencing option is PVC or plastic. This material is widely used around the world, especially in relation to any sort of construction endeavors. It can also be purchased and customized to fit your particular needs, which helps lend to its popularity for a variety of purposes. That being said, similar to wood based fencing, the full picture isn’t as simple as it seems.
Plastic isn’t susceptible to dirt or water in the same way that wood is, but it’s certainly not immune to the elements. One of the biggest issues you’ll find with plastic or PVC fencing comes during extreme heat or cold. During the winter, especially at freezing temperatures, any plastic is more likely to shatter. This is bad for a couple of reasons. First of all, you need your fencing because it’s so important for horses to keep them contained to certain areas. If for whatever reason they end up impacting the fence and it’s weakened by weather, it could break and they’re more likely to escape. Similarly, if part of the plastic fencing does shatter or break, there could be shards sticking out. If one of your animals runs into it at the wrong angle, they could severely injure themselves. Then, if you don’t notice this right away, or they’re further from the barn, things could be far worse. It’s more risk and stress that you can avoid had you ended up choosing a better fencing option.
What Makes Woodguard Horse Fencing The Right Choice?
Clearly, there are different benefits to different types of fencing, but the cons often heavily outweigh the pros. This is what we took into consideration when developing our completely unique horse fencing material. Every rail or post contains a solid lumber core. This is coated with a non-toxic, anti-termite treatment which helps provide a high-level of structural integrity. Of course, we know that wood itself isn’t enough, which is where our unique engineered plastic comes into play.
We have the only coating on the market that utilizes a UV blocking polymer. This means that the wood won’t be exposed to water, dirt, or direct sunlight. Not only that, but the coating was specially designed to not crack or splinter in extreme heat or cold. Now, you’re combining the dependability and strength of lumber with the element protection of plastic. When utilized with a well-engineered structure, you’re looking at the most effective horse fencing on the market. Last, but certainly not least, every purchase is backed by a 20 year warranty, which offers protection from any type of fading, cracking, and more.
If you want to learn more about our revolutionary horse fencing material, all you need to do is contact a member of our team and we’ll be happy to provide any information or answer your questions.