Passionate arguments can come forth for or against certain types of fencing for horses. Electric fences might be cruel, wooden fences might lead to break-outs or break-ins, and the opinions go on. The answer to what type of fencing is best for horses is simple: it depends. This is not a simple answer at first glance, but it shows that the kind of fencing material you use should be according to the characteristics of your property and future occupants alone. Here are five main questions to ask if you are searching for the best horse fence.
1. How much can you afford?
Affordability is one of the first considerations to have when looking for a horse fence. With a very large property, horse owners likely will opt for the cheaper option. Economics can play a part in the costs as well. Regardless, the prices of material per foot can range from a few cents to dollars.
Along with this, how much will you be able to put into maintenance? Along with affording the first cost is the affordability of maintaining the fence. Electric fences need to be checked, and wooden fences need checking for loose nails and rot. Metal fences typically do not need much maintenance at all.
2. How high is the turnover?
Another question pertains to who is living in your fenced-in area. If a stable group of the same horses live together for years in the space, they are less likely to want to roam beyond the borders. A group that shifts around more often has a higher tendency of some horses wanting to break free.
3. How large is the property?
The size of the property in proportion to the number of animals within is also an important factor. With a smaller space, you’ll want a fence that provides visibility and strength so the horses know and are not able to get out.
4. How important is aesthetics?
In some cases, aesthetics is high on the priority list. Fences that can be painted, such as wood board fences, can appeal to philanthropists investing in your horse home, those using your training facilities, and people just riding past the property.
5. How important is retention vs. injury?
The ultimate purpose of a horse fence, at the end of the day, is to keep the horses in. The judgment you have to make is whether a fence may be secure enough, and whether a fence is so strong your horses face the potential for injury in trying to get free. Depending on where you live, the direness of whether your horse gets loose or potentially gets injured is your call.
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