How tall should a Horse Fence be?

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The look of a fence can sometimes tell you a lot about the quality of the ranch. There is no doubt, a horse facility's most appealing elements is its horse fence. Although looks can go a long way, not every fence is horse-friendly. If you’re in the market for a new horse fence or looking to replace your own, Cameo Fencing has answers to all your questions. Getting it right the first time requires careful planning before installation. A stable facility's value and appearance are increased by well-built and maintained fencing and selecting the right style and materials is imperative.

Horse stables frequently employ multiple fence types for different purposes like grazing meadows, exercise paddocks, and riding grounds, or to secure property lines. Another reason is that different horse groups (like Stallions, weanlings, mares, mares with foals, and geldings) all have different fencing requirements.

In this blog, we have focused on guiding you to design strong, secure horse fencing.

So, how high should horse fence be?

Horse fences may not always be built at the same height as those used for other animals. When startled or herded, horses are more agile and more likely to leap a fence than to pass through it or beneath it. Therefore, Horse fences need to be between 54 and 60 inches above the ground. A good rule for paddocks and pastures is to have the top of the fence at wither height to ensure that horses will not flip over the fence. And larger horses like stallions or those adept at jumping may require even taller fences. An 8-inch space at the bottom is good to prevent a horse's hoof from becoming trapped while still deterring it from leaning under the fence in search of grass. But mostly a 12 inches clearance at the bottom rails is recommended that not only prevents horses’ hoofs from being trapped but also stops animals from sliding under the fence.

Fencing should have apertures that are either too broad to allow feet, legs, and head without being trapped or too narrow that do not allow for the passage of hooves. The small, secure apertures, are typically less than 3 inches square but, a horse's size may determine the size of the aperture.

How to select the best fence post?

Installing posts is unquestionably the hardest and most time-consuming step that will have the biggest impact on the fence's long-term success. And the importance of the fence post cannot be overstated because it serves as the fence's framework. A wooden post serves as the essential component of almost all effective horse fences. The nice part about Cameo nylon cord fencing is that post do not need to be as close together as traditional fencing. Nylon cord fencing can span 20 - 50 foot sections rather than 8 foot at a time. Not only does this same time when installing but it saves money on materials.

For every type of horse fence post, wood is advised. A pressure-treated post from a reliable supplier is the greatest investment. Although treated posts initially cost more than untreated ones, they last four times longer. They can survive 10 to 25 years, depending on the quality of the preservative treatment and the soil conditions.

What type of gate is best for horse fencing?

Kissing gates (or something similar) within your fence as internal gates are the best for horse stables so that people can easily travel through it but not the horses. Experts recommend large gates that let cars and other large pieces of equipment to drive through. Gates up to 16 feet wide are the best in order to allow easy passage of large farm equipment and machinery. Also, if you want to install latches, try to choose latches that are simple to open and close with one hand.

Cameo Nylon Fencing - less expensive than wire

Below are a few reasons why Cameo Nylon Fencing is safer and more cost effective than the traditional wire fence. Wire fencing has been one of the most popular options for horse fencing for a variety of reasons, including the following:

  • Compared to wood solutions, wire fencing is less expensive.
    • BUT …Cameo Nylon Fencing is cheaper than wire
  • Compared to other types of fencing, wire fencing often has a longer lifespan. The flexible woven wire is less likely to break if a horse runs into it, and the galvanized metal used in its construction prevents corrosion and rusting.
    • BUT …Cameo Nylon Fencing holds up as long as wire AND is 100 times safer than wire. Wire fencing does not break away if a horse is on the run from being spooked. Cameo fencing just stretches and safely stops the horse.
  • Fence maintenance is considerably less with wire fencing.
    • BUT …Cameo Nylon Fencing is easier to install and replaces in seconds.
  • Compared to other fencing kinds, wire fencing may often be taken down and moved considerably more easily.
    • BUT …Wire fencing can be cumbersome to move. Cameo Nylon Fencing is an excellent choice if you're constructing a temporary enclosure or even if you're unsure whether you'll be relocating paddock locations. It can be installed and/or broken down in minutes.

Because of this, horse owners who have Cameo nylon fencing can devote more of their time to other, more crucial chores, like riding, as they won't have to invest as much time maintaining the fence.

Why Cameo nylon fencing is good for horse stables?

Strong and long-lasting, Cameo nylon fences are regarded as one of the best fences for horses. They are less expensive than traditional farm woven fences with 4- to 6-inch apertures used for cattle and other livestock and less expensive than the majority of rail fences. Cameo Nylon fencing is best because it safe for horses.

Last words

For horse enclosures, wire fencing is incredibly dangerous. And smooth wires, woven wire mesh, and high-tensile wires are all viable options; but if you are looking for a safe fencing option, then nylon fencing is the best choice.

At Cameo, we take great pride, in being a market leader in America for horse stable equipment for small backyard stalls, sizable private boarding stables, and industrial fairground operations.

We offer a large variety of nylon fencing, and accessories. We are always available to answer any of your questions. We know your horses are part of your family and we are here to help keep them safe with our high-quality fences and easy installation support.

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