When you’re setting up a horse facility or barn, one of the most important elements to consider is the type of fencing you’ll be installing on your property. Your fence determines the perimeter of your property and separates different pastures.
It can be challenging to determine what type of horse fencing works best for your lifestyle, but the good news is, with a few tips, you can have the right fence set up in no time.
Here are three things you’ll need to consider before investing in your fence installation.
- Fence size. Whether you’re looking at vinyl fences or wood fences, it’s crucial to know the height of the fence and the width of the gates that you need for your space. The height of the fence depends on the type of horses you’ll be containing. For instance, warmbloods will need taller and studier fencing whereas miniature horses will need a lower fence. The gates for your fence need to be at least 4ft wide, or wider if you plan to use driving equipment in the space.
- Fence material. There are many different types of fencing materials, and each of these materials has its pros and cons. However, one thing is for sure: never use barbed wire when fencing in your horses. To determine which material works best for you, consider weather and terrain. PVC fencing may not work best in areas that have dramatic temperature changes, and wood fencing may not work best if your pastures are prone to flooding.
- The type of horses you have. The type of horses you’ll be fencing in is the most important factor to keep in mind when you’re looking at the different types of horse fences. Not every horse fence works for every horse. The type of fence you need will vary depending on the horses’ height and behavior. For instance, a retired broodmare will fair better in less resilient fencing if they have adequate shade, water, and forage. But a warmblood or colt may need more substantial fencing to contain their spirited nature.
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It’s no secret that fences make good neighbors. In fact, the U.S. fence construction industry grew by up to 6.3% in just the last five years and the fencing industry is expected to reach a revenue of $8 billion this year.
Whether you’re looking for residential fencing, commercial fencing, or horse fences for your ranch, the Rio Grande Fence Company has what you need. For more information about our fence installation services or our different types of fencing, contact our fence contractors at the Rio Grande Fence Company today.