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There are different types of horse fences from which you can choose from. There are post & rail fences, wire fences, mesh fences, and electric fences.
Post & Rail Fences
For each section of a post & rail fence, you will find two vertical wooden posts with two or three horizontal rails between them. Traditionally, post & rail fences are made of pressure-treated wood, but PVC post & rail fences have also become more popular in the recent years. This horse fencing option is best for marking your property lines if you live in a big area like a ranch. It may not be as effective inside a stable, for example, but it will keep your animals inside when they are out on and roaming in the field.
With wire fences, vertical wooden posts are installed to the ground, and then four to five rows of coated wire are run across them. It is a more cost-effective containment solution than a post & rail fence. It also prevents any harm to your animals in case they run onto the fence. The wires are flexible, so they will absorb the impact instead of hurting your animals. Another advantage of wire fences is that they don’t splinter, so your animals won’t get hurt if ever they make contact with the fence. In addition, wire fences require little maintenance. You won’t have to paint them or to apply treatment.
Wire fences can also be merged with post & rail fences. You can have a top wooden or PVC rail, and then wires for the bottom rows.
As the name suggests, mesh fences use wire mesh to create a barrier. It’s another cost-effective containment solution that will keep outsiders out of your property and your animals and belongings in. While post & rail fences and wire fences are good for big animals such as cows and horses, mesh fences are best for if you have small animals like dogs, cats, and chickens inside your property.
Electric fences keep your animals in and prevent them from ever escaping your property. Unlike what some may believe, the electric current that passes through the fence is not dangerous to animals. It actually mimics the interaction that horses experience in the wild. In their natural habitat, more dominant horses would nip at their herd members to keep them in line, and this is what the electric current tries to copy. The “nip” from the electric fence would train your horses to not go beyond the fence.
If you already have a wire or mesh fence installed around your property, you can turn them into an electric fence by installing a fence charger. However, this still depends on how your fence was installed.
Keep in mind that horse fences are not just for horses. You can install these kinds of fences for if you have cows, goats and other animals in your ranch.