Guide to Horse Fences


Do you or someone you know own a horse and can’t think of the right fence type to install? In this post, we talk about several horse fence styles and the pros and cons of each.

Whether your a farmer or someone who owns horses to ride leisurely, making sure they are safe and enclosed is important. Keeping horses in a designated area has been a part of human history for thousands of years, but over that time what we use to keep horses in has changed dramatically. In this post, we will go over a few building materials used for horse fences and discuss their pros and cons. 

Electric Fencing

Although this style of fencing will need more maintenance than others, electric fencing is perfect for keeping your horses in and any potential threats out. Electric fences are a great barrier on two fronts: a physical presence that deters escape, and a psychological force that lets the horses know that escape is impossible. When that horse gets shocked for the first time, it will learn quickly not to touch the fence. To construct this fence, it comes with a system which includes a charger that disburses a high voltage low amp current; a conductive wire that carries the current; and ground rods that go in the soil to complete the circuit. This installation process is a tough one because you have to worry about nothing obstructing the circuit, a broken wire, or the rods aren’t deep enough. Also, the upkeep needed is extensive because you have to routinely check that the fence works, and any damage done to it must be fixed immediately.

Wood Fencing and Posts

Wood fencing is, no doubt the most used material when constructing horse fences. There are a few types of wood that aren’t at risk of becoming rotted; some of them include cedar, redwood, and cypress, although these are the more expensive types of wood as well. To circumvent these expensive woods, most horsemen use pressure treated lumber to construct their fences and posts. This type of wood costs less than the wood listed earlier, but it’s also manufactured in a way which makes it resistant to rot, fungi and insects. Building the fence itself people revere wood for its simple aesthetic, high visibility, and good strength even though it’s a bit expensive. Some other things you’ll have to worry about if you choose this style is horses chewing on it, weather and if the horse is spooked at some point, you run the risk of the animal being hurt because of the nails and splinters.


This style of fence is constructed from arguably the safest material to use. V-mesh is constructed using horizontal and diagonal wires woven into a fabric to create a “V” or diamond pattern. Not only does this material help keep out any pests or wild predators but it can also absorb the energy of a galloping horse, so you don’t have to worry about your horse getting injured from the fence. The V-mesh style of fence perfect if you own many baby horses or foals, the major downside is that it’s the most expensive of the wire-fencing materials.

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