Understanding The Different Types of Horse Fencing
For stable managers, horse breeders, and anyone else who deals primarily with keeping horses, the type of fencing material you use can have a big impact on not only your horses, but your operation in general. When it comes to choosing the best type of horse fencing material, it’s important to know a little bit about each to make an informed decision.
Traditional Wood Horse Fencing
The most familiar type of fencing available to farmers or stable owners is probably going to be wood and lumber fencing. Besides stone, wood is probably one of the oldest used materials. It can be cut to fit whatever need you have, and it’s easy to acquire, which is part of why it’s still such a popular choice today. However, wood in general isn’t’ a great long term choice, since it can be drastically impacted by the elements. Overtime, wood will naturally decay, and this is accelerated by water, and by the ground it’s planted it. An entire segment of fencing can become unreliable if some of the wood pieces fall out of place, putting your horses (and your livelihood) at risk.
Plastic/PVC Horse Fencing
Another more common type of horse fencing used is going to be composed of PVC or plastic. These posts can be custom designed to match whatever your expansion needs are, and a plastic fence won’t face the same type of issues in terms of deterioration or long lasting quality. That being said, plastic fencing does not do well in the extremes of weather. If temperatures drop too much, the plastic will eventually become brittle, and all it takes is a forceful impact to shatter. This can prove dangerous for your horses, because they could accidentally impale a part of their body on shattered piece of plastic horse fencing.
Wired Horse Fencing
Wired fencing can vary in how it’s used. The type that most people are probably familiar with has the indistinguishable ‘diamond’ shape that is used all over the world for a variety of purposes, not just for horse fencing. There is also the electric horse fence, which at first might seem counter intuitive, since you don’t want to put your horses in a situation where they can hurt themselves. However, the shock that comes from electric wire fencing is akin to a small bite that horses are familiar with from an early age. It’s more of a warning to stay away from an area that won’t actually hurt the horses in a significant or noticeable way. Unfortunately, wired fencing on its own usually isn’t enough, which is why it’s often paired with a wood or plastic fence. This increases the expense of installation, and now you have two different fences to worry about maintaining.
Woodguard Horse Fencing
Unlike the types of fencing listed above, Woodguard fencing was designed with the horse breeder and stable manager in mind. The fencing material is unlike anything else ever made. At the core of every post and pole is sturdy lumber, providing strength against any impact. To avoid symptoms of deterioration, it is then coated in a unique polymer blend that does not crack or warp in extreme temperatures. When combined, you get a highly durable, strong fence that doesn’t put your horses in harm’s way, doesn’t need to be replaced or repaired as frequently as other types of fencing, and let’s you reallocate resources towards other parts of your business.