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As the last thing you want is to build your dream equestrian facility only to have your horses regularly leg it to the local village green, secure fencing is a must.

When it comes to horse-friendly fencing, several options are available, each with their own advantages and suitability for different climates. Here are some of the most popular on the market:

  • Post and Rail Fencing. This is one for the traditionalists who like the ranch look. Wood, such as pressure-treated pine or cedar, is commonly used for post and rail fencing, and both can work well in various climates. However, wooden fencing requires regular painting or staining to protect it from weathering and rot. In humid climates, regular inspections for termite damage may also be necessary.

  • Electric Fencing. A popular choice if you have a horse Houdini or a sweet itch sufferer – as they won’t be scratching themselves on this – electric fencing basically consists of electrified wires or tapes supported by posts. It can be made from high-tensile steel, aluminium, or synthetic materials. A highly versatile form of fencing, it is suitable for most climates, though in areas with heavy snowfall, it’s important to maintain proper tension on the wires to prevent them from sagging, and to keep them visible.

  • High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Fencing. HDPE fencing is made from a durable and impact-resistant plastic material. It comes in various styles, including traditional post and rail designs, and it is becoming increasingly popular due to its ability to withstand extreme temperatures, high humidity, and exposure to UV rays without fading or warping.

  • PVC/Vinyl Fencing. Utilising synthetic materials that resemble traditional wood fencing is a low maintenance and durable option that is resistant to rot, insects, and weathering. However, this kind of fencing can become brittle and prone to cracking in extreme cold and it can warp in the sun.

  • Mesh Fencing: Using woven wire or diamond mesh made of steel or other sturdy materials, this fence is a good option to prevent hooves from getting caught. Although it’s suitable for most climates, mesh fencing requires proper tensioning and maintenance to prevent sagging. In areas with heavy snowfall, you may need to remove snow to prevent damage.

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