Understanding Your Options for Horse Fencing Materials
As a horse owner, one of your biggest priorities is keeping your horses safe. Part of this means ensuring that they stay on your land and out of harm’s way. To do this, you need the right kind of fencing around the area where your horses will be roaming.
As you’re searching for the right fencing material, you may be interested in something that is non-toxic, durable, and cost effective. You may also be looking for horse fencing material that is aesthetically pleasing so that it doesn’t take away from your landscape.
Wooden Horse Fencing
The most traditional type of fencing, wooden fencing has always been a go-to among horse owners. It can be cut into virtually any shape or size you want, painted or stained to your color preferences, and can last for decades when cared for properly. The downside is that raw, untreated lumber can deteriorate fairly quickly when it’s not maintained. It can also take a lot of abuse from harsh weather and the horses, themselves.
Wire Horse Fencing
Wire horse fencing can be extremely strong and durable, and it’s often one of the more economical choices for fencing. It doesn’t require maintenance, which adds to the appeal for horse owners. However, because metal will fluctuate in tension depending on the weather, it may not be well suited for all climates. Additionally, it can be hard for horses to see, so you may have to attach streamers or other objects to the fence to prevent horses from running into or leaning on the structure.
PVC Horse Fencing
PVC horse fencing is designed to look like painted wood, making it one of the more aesthetically pleasing types of fencing available. It doesn’t require maintenance like other types of fencing, which also adds to the appeal. However, PVC fencing can be very expensive in comparison. It also is not the sturdiest type of fencing, as it’s designed to break and give under pressure. Over time, horses may learn to lean on the boards to break them, rendering them useless.
Steel Pipe Horse Fencing
Steel pipe horse fencing is arguably the most durable of the fencing options. This makes it a very reliable and low-maintenance type of fencing. Because it’s made of such heavy material, the fencing can be expensive to transport and install compared to other materials. Another downside is that if horses run into it, there is no “give,” so they can injure themselves.
Electric Horse Fencing
Electric horse fencing is extremely effective, as it only takes one attempt to lean on or chew the wire for a horse to learn to stay away. It can be relatively inexpensive to install as well. The downsides of this type of fencing are that it’s not the most visually appealing type of fence. It can also be seen as inhumane by some horse owners, who would prefer a less-painful way to teach their horses to stay.
Woodguard’s Horse Fencing
Woodguard’s horse fencing materials are made from a base of traditional lumber and coated with a non-toxic preservative, UV protective agent, and polymer coating. This ensures that you’ll get the very best in durability, aesthetics, and safety for your horses. It’s the strength of wood and the durability of plastic. Contact us today for a free sample of our product or to ask us any additional questions.