Keeping horses contained in a pasture is more complex than it might first seem, particularly because it’s quite often the case that a horse could jump a fence should it choose to! All the same, horse fencing is still a must and the majority of the time it keeps horses where they are safest. The options are plentiful, from hedges, to dry stone walls to wire or post and rail fencing. The advantages and disadvantages of each are as varied as the differences in cost between them.
Traditionally, post and rail fencing is the choice of most people who keep horses. There is really no disputing just how good a choice it is compared to the other available options. And that’s not just because it looks so good, provided it’s well maintained.
Dry stone walls and hedges can never truly be relied upon since they are prone to crumbling and opening respectively. An inexpensive option is wire fences, but they do have their problems. For one, horses struggle to see wire fences compared with post and rail fencing and are therefore likely to walk into it and snag their hide. Because horse hide isn’t as thick as cow hide, there is a chance of very real injury being caused. It has been known for horses to become entangled in wire fences which can cause severe pain and distress.
Today’s post and rail fencing is normally made from plastic as opposed to wood. This has actually made post and rail fencing even more desirable since, when made with vinyl, it is more durable and safer than ever. Because they aren’t affected by moisture, vinyl fences do not chip or rote and will not need to be regularly repainted. What is even better is that because of the way it is put together, it has no sharp edges or nails jutting out so the risk of the horse injuring itself is reduced.