If you own or manage any number of horses, then you’ve likely already had to deal with the issue of providing proper containment outside of their regular stables. Horses need to have the space to run freely and graze, but you also need to make sure that they don’t escape the property. Finding the right type of horse fencing material doesn’t have to be difficult though, since many stores and companies can set you up with some of the most commonly used options.
Is a PVC Horse Fence A Worthwhile Investment?
One of the most common building materials that could be used for horse fencing is polyvinyl chloride, which is more widely known as PVC. Introduced in the early 1980s, PVC can be used in a wide variety of fence types (not just horse fencing) and it’s a common fixture that many homeowners use for their own fences. Below are some things to consider when deciding if you want to invest in a PVC horse fence.
Advantages of a PVC Horse Fence
One of the best things about PVC is that specific materials and chemicals are introduced during the manufacturing process which can prevent the fence from ‘yellowing’ quickly, or losing whatever color it was treated with. Also, PVC horse fencing won’t be affected by insects or rot. Finally, this material is available in a variety of styles and colors, so you can have it manufactured to your exact specifications if you’re going for a particular look.
Downsides of PVC Horse Fence
Unfortunately, despite the aforementioned advantages, there are still a number of reasons why you shouldn’t be using a PVC horse fence. First of all, it simply isn’t as strong as a wood or wire fence. If any type of direct impact strikes the PVC, it won’t withstand as well as wood, or be flexible like a chain-link fence. Also, extreme cold makes PVC brittle and susceptible to cracking. This greatly lessens the durability, and any splinters can cause harm to your horses or other grazing animals.
Why Woodguard Created The Ideal Horse Fencing Material
Woodguard wanted to create a solution that maintained the best qualities of lumber, plastic, PVC, and other fencing materials while removing the inconsistencies that end up leading to unexpected maintenance costs. This was always part of our goal.
Our unique polymer coated lumber products have a firm wood core which does without any extra reinforcements or support, reducing the overall weight. We also utilize a patented, non-toxic wood treatment against termites and dry rot. Then, that same lumber is covered with a UV-protective polymer coating, which gives it the durability and flexibility of engineered plastic. This means it doesn’t splinter, it doesn’t’ crack, the color doesn’t fade, and it doesn’t degrade, so you can install it and then focus on the more important aspects of your business. We put a premium on helping farmers, stable owners, or anyone who needs horse fencing put more of their energy towards growing their business and not worrying about fencing.