CAMEO Fencing Blog
Horse fencing information, including installation instructions, product comparisons, horse fencing options
How do we know “CAMEO” fencing is safe? The short answer is our customers for over 27 years tell us it is so. It is always so gratifying to hear from a customer saying “If it had been any other fence what a horror story it would have been.” And “I am so happy with this fence."
I have not had any injuries from the fencing.” Now we know nothing is perfect but here are some reasons “CAMEO” monofilament fencing is so Safe.
- The line is white and approx. a ¼ inch in diameter. That means your horse can see the line. Our horses are flight animals but even so if they can see the fence there is a better opportunity they will avoid it.
- The line is flexible. If a horse runs into the fence it will give but come back to the original point of tension. This flexibility is also so important if a horse inadvertently gets a leg in the fence. They will pull free as the line gives and rolls off.
- The line will break. If your horse gets into the fence the line will give but if taken beyond the breaking point will break before your horse.
A “CAMEO” installation does not give you the splinters of a wood fence, the cheese cutter effect of a bare wire fence, or the hurt and injury of a barb wire fence.
Use “CAMEO” fencing for your next fencing project to protect your horses.
Are you confused about the best fencing choice for your farm, horses and livestock? I hear you! There are a few old standbys - barbed wire, field fence and wood. All which come with their issues especially when fencing to contain horse. We have been selling horse fencing for 27 years. It seems every few years there is a new solution. Monofilament was one of those. When first introduced to monofilament we took some home and strung a fence run in the backyard of our general store. It was a country store with a barn out back for our horse Cameo, goat - Flopsey and sheep - Marie. All best buddies.
We liked what we saw. As we began to market monofilament the response of our customers confirmed our first impressions. If you are looking for
1) Safe - does not cut like bare or barbed wire
2) Affordable - less than $1.50 per ft. for 5 lines with posts and hardware
3) Neat Appearance - you can see & enjoy your horses and fields
4) Easy Installation - light weight - DIY easy - even for the novice
5) Long Lasting - 10 to 15 years
6) Little to No Maintenance
"CAMEO" monofilament horse fencing may be the answer for you.
But let's look at some of your other choices
We can all be duly impressed with "Entrance Gates" but this is about the function of your corral, paddock or pasture gate. Who doesn't love a gate that swings easily? How can we assure proper function of our gate for years to come?
First - Gate Placement
Some say to place your gate in line with fence. We pefer to put gates at corners, if possible. It is generally easier to corral or lead animals through at a corner. And there is the cost and installation savings to consider as you are already bracing at the corner.
Second - Gate Size
Plan for the widest farm machinery or vehicle you will want to go through the gate. Then add 2 feet.
Third - The Hinge Post (the post you hang the gate on)
This is the foundation for a good gate installation. DO NOT SCRIMP on Size or Quality. The hinge post should be 5 to 6 in. diameter and 8 ft. long.
Questions to ask ...........
1. Will I install the fence myself?
2. What, if any experience do I have with fencing?
3. Will I have help or is this a one person project?
If the answer to #1 is NO. The goal now is to find a reliable and well recommended fence installer. Be sure to confirm references and visit previous installations if and when possible. Then give them our number and website.
If you answered yes to #1 now the answers to #2 and # 3 come into play. Having no experience does not rule out taking on the project when installing "CAMEO" fencing. With or without electric. 95% of our customers put the fence in themselves. Many are first time fence installers. Be sure you have a good understanding of the installation recommendations for the product you choose. As for help - the project will move along more quickly with family and friends that are willing to lend a hand. Keeping them well nourished is a good thing.
After blogging about "How much does "CAMEO" fencing cost?" I got to thinking about " How much can it cost not to install "CAMEO" fencing?"
First came to mind those that think a barb wire fence is the answer to all farm fencing. Well, I went looking for pictures of horses injured on barb wire. Thought I could add them to this blog. But I'll let you do your own web search. Do you agree? The pictures are so horrific as to turn ones stomach. My heart aches for these dear horses.
As a society we have become so safety conscious. Would you drive off without buckling up? Bring your new baby home without a car seat? Do you let your children ride their bike or horse without a helmet? And the list goes on.......
My husband shakes his head and asks " WHY are people still using a product developed in the 1800's designed to cause pain?"
We know barb wire has killed, maimed and scarred too many horses and livestock. It does not have to be. There are aternatives. Is cost the driving force? Consider the death of your horse and/or the the vet bills! Not to mention your time spent doctoring and the agony.
Cost is usually a major factor when making a large purchase and fencing is no exception. Followed up quickly with safety, looks and installation questions. To determine cost you need to know what you need. Today lets focus on the materials needed to install "CAMEO"fencing. Then based on these choices we can provide a ball park idea of cost.
First - Posts
We offer two maintance free choices - vinyl or sunguard fiberglass posts.
Wood or metal t-posts - you would purchase locally. It does not make $ sense for you to have us ship that weight.
Second - How Many Posts ?
When installing 5 to 6 lines of "CAMEO" without electric - posts should be 8 to 10ft. apart. With at least one line of electric the post spacing can increase 12 to 16 ft. apart. Posts give the line a plane to run on and are part of the site line of your fence. Spacing posts further apart is not recommended. The further apart the posts are the more room for movement of the line in the event a horse gets into the fence. To determine line posts - take the total distance and divide by the spacing you have decided on. You will also need to determine the number of corner and end posts. These are generally wood posts with diagional bracing. The Mule End and Corner Post systems offer an alternative to wood.
Third - Do you need insulators for your posts?
Wow – my very first Blog. Here goes…….
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love horses. My first best friend and I played pretend horses when we were 5. That included dreaming up makeshift stalls and fences. Do you think that set my destiny? I started out with my own hobby farm when my children were small. That involved wood fences and electric wire. To varying degrees of success. Then I was introduced to monofilament horse fencing and I have been involved in the promoting and marketing of horse fencing ever since. Oh, so many year ago. Where does the time go? But that is another story.
Today, there are many choices in fencing products. And a wealth of information available, thanks to the internet. But what is important to you when considering fences for your horses and farm? Have you made a list? Are any of the following on your list?
- As safe as possible
- Want it to look good
- What can I afford
- Can I install the fence myself & save money
- How long will it last
- How much maintenance
Can I assume you want an alternative to your local farm store choices? Had enough of barbed wire, high tensile wire, woven wire or polywire that may only last the season?