Recreation and Sports

Post and Rail Fencing for Safe Horses

January 8, 2011 by drewloupsen · Leave a Comment 

It can be more complex than you might think to keep your horses contained within their pasture, especially when you consider that in reality, they could probably jump any fence you used if they really wanted to. Nevertheless, horse fencing should still be a priority and it does, generally, keep horses where they are supposed to be. There are a range of different types, from wire fencing, to post and rail fencing, to hedges or dry stone walls. The benefits and problems of each are as varied as their prices.

Traditionally, post and rail fencing is the choice of most people who keep horses. There is really no disputing just how good a choice it is compared to the other available options. And that isn’t just because it looks great, at least as long as it is properly maintained.

it’s not advisable to reply on hedges, which can easily part, or dry stone walls which are prone to crumbling. An inexpensive option is wire fences, but they do have their problems. For one, because wire fencing is more difficult to see than post and rail fencing, it is possible for horses to snag their hide by walking into wire fences. Horse hide isn’t as thick as other animals, such as cows, and this could cause real injury. Horses have been known to get their hooves entangled in wire fencing too, which is distressing for them.

Post and rail fencing these days tends to be made with vinyl rather than wood. As a result, post and rail fencing is considered to be even more durable than before and even safer. Vinyl post and rail fencing doesn’t absorb moisture, so cannot rot, chip or swell and it doesn’t need to be repainted. What is even better is that because of the way it is put together, it has no sharp edges or nails jutting out so the risk of the horse injuring itself is reduced.

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