A Happy Herd -- 5 Steps To Finding The Right Horse Fence

21 September 2016
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If you're planning to build a fence for your horse farm, it can be difficult to know what are the right materials and style. But whether you're a newbie or an experienced equine owner, you can find the best solution for your property by following these few steps.

Determine Priorities. You may think that your main priority for building a horse fence is to keep the horses inside. And, while this is true in the big picture, there are many other priorities that you should assess before buying any fencing. These priorities include such things as:

  • Installation cost
  • Maintenance costs
  • Local predators
  • Surrounding landscape and terrain
  • Incentives to escape (such as nearby grass)
  • Herd makeup and energy
  • Age and health of horses
  • Surrounding man-made dangers (like traffic or hunters)
  • Aesthetics

These and other considerations can affect the type, cost, and location of your fence, so be sure to understand them before you go shopping.

Talk With an Expert. You will learn a lot about local fencing options by talking with fence contractors or distribution companies, but you can also get some unbiased education from your local agricultural extension agent. These county professionals are there to help with the science and research of equine handling, so make use of them as a locally-based resource. 

Build a Budget. At this stage of your endeavors, you should be starting to plan a budget for the entire project. Make sure that you keep the budget realistic and that you budget individual sections as well (such as materials, labor, permits, or gating). Having these smaller line items planned out allows you to tweak some parts of the budget to compensate for others as you continue to shop for the right fence. 

Shop Around. Be a savvy fence shopper once you have your budget in hand. Ask a lot of questions and try to ensure that you're being sold the most modern fencing technology for the best long-term value. Ask potential contractors about warranties, installation costs, and references from other customers. 

Do Maintenance. Now that you have a nice, new fence and a herd of happy horses, it's time to start thinking about long-term maintenance. Work with your fence contractor to determine a good schedule to check the fence for damage, wear and tear, and erosion. Also, be sure to walk the fence and look for defects during stormy seasons or hunting season. 

By following these 5 steps, you can shop for fencing with the confidence that you understand your real needs and that you can make the best choice possible both for you and for your horses.