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Horse Fencing 101

Selecting livestock fencing is no small feat.  Every animal requires an individualized type of fencing; the same fence that you might select for cattle may not be appropriate for your pigs.  For example, horse fencing requires consideration of various factors in order to ensure the safety and security of your horses.     

When choosing horse fencing, visibility is absolutely crucial.  Horses are far-sighted and need to be able to see the boundaries of a fence.  Horses have a natural instinct to flee when they perceive danger which makes visibility imperative due to their size and the level of speed they can reach when running.  Horse owners attempting to save money or to cut corners can in turn negatively impact their horses and can even injure them. 

Barbed wire, while it’s a cheaper fencing option, tends to be completely inappropriate for horses because they can easily injure themselves on it.  You also want to select a fence without sharp edges that a horse could possibly injure themselves on by leaning, scratching or falling into it.  The right fence should be strong, well-built, and capable of lasting many years. 

It’s also very important to select a horse fence that is the appropriate height.  These fences should be high enough that your horses will be discouraged from attempting to jump over it.  Most horse fences should be about 60 inches above ground level.  If you have a very large horse, you may need it to be over 60 inches.