If you’re a farmer, a stable owner, a horse breeder, or work in a business that primarily deal with the management of horses and cattle, the type of fencing you use is so important to your operations. Besides keeping other animals out and ensuring that your animals stay in place, it’s important to make sure that any fencing you have installed isn’t created unwanted costs either now or in the future.
Getting The Best Horse Fencing Materials
There are actually a lot different types of fencing materials out there, each with their own sets of pros and cons. However, the durability of any fencing you actually install is so important. Here are some important things to keep in mind regarding the different materials out there. Hopefully this will help you make an informed decision regarding your investments moving forward.
The most common type of materials people take advantage of for any type of fence (not just horse fencing) are wood and lumber. They’re most readily available, and can be found at nearly any major depot store. Not only that, but initial purchase cost is going to typically be lower than other types of materials. That being said, wood is still not the ideal choice for all of your horse fencing. Durability wise, it’s the most susceptible to wear and tear, especially from the elements. Even if it’s not raining, wood that is embedded in soil will begin to deteriorate, making it less sturdy. This can compromise the integrity of the fence itself. If the damaged areas are not dealt with promptly. Your horses could run into the fence, knocking it over and possibly escaping. This will cost you money in terms of not only your livestock, but also the immediate need to replace the fencing. Even though it’s versatile, wood fencing could end up costing you more in the long run.
Plastic or PVC piping is also regularly used to create various forms of horse fencing. Over the last few decades, it’s become a popular choice due to its ability to withstand things like rain, and the fact that it doesn’t deteriorate when planted in soil. This means that in certain climates it will fair much better than wood, but there are also some downside. For example, plastic, when exposed to extreme cold, can become brittle, and crack or break under enough force. If it does break, the exposed shards will become a dangerous hazard for your animals if they come into contact with it. In heat, the plastic might warp, which also compromises its integrity.
Woodguard Horse Fencing
Woodguard has completely changed the game by introducing a material that combines the best aspects of lumber and plastic but without the same weaknesses. The core of our fencing material is treated lumber, meaning it can’t be compromised by termites. This is then coated with a unique polymer blend that protects it from things like rain and snow. However, unlike traditional plastic, our coating doesn’t crack or break when exposed to extreme cold, making it long-lasting and durable.