Fencing Requirements for Horses and Paddocks
When you decide to fence your paddocks the most important consideration is to ensure that it is safe and suitable for horses. Your fencing should be high enough to deter your horses from jumping out, fighting over it and low enough at the bottom to prevent foals and small ponies from rolling or crawling underneath it.
Your fence should be strong enough and regularly well-maintained to prevent your horses from breaking through it. I would advise also that you discourage your horse from leaning through your fences to graze because it could lead to injury to your horse or damage the fence.
What size fencing should I put up
As a general rule it is recommended that fences are approximately between 1.08m – 1.38m high.When fencing for ponies your fence can be between 1.0m -1.3m high with the lower rails placed at approximately 0.5m above ground level.
If your paddock is to be sub-divided, in order to allow for rotational grazing, then sub-divided fences can be of a less substantial construction. However, the suitability and construction of the fence must be strong enough to contain your horse.
Fencing for Stallions and Mares
I would recommend that stallion paddocks will generally require higher fencing, probably between 1.25m – 2.0m particularly in the vicinity of other stallions or an in season mare. A double fence line is also advisable and it may be necessary to run an electric fence line along the top of the stallion paddock fence in order to reduce aggressive or amorous behaviour over the fence, particularly if the fencing is only the minimum height requirement.Preventing stallion nuisance and straying, is particularly important where boundaries are between neighbouring horse owners.
Post and Rail Wooden Fencing
This sturdy fencing comprises of sawn square section vertical posts, with three horizontal rails, nailed to the posts. There is a choice of either half round rails or sawn square section rails.
Allow one post for every 1.8m of fence, plus one for the end of the run.
Allow three rails for every 3.6m of 3-rail fencing. Use 100mm galvanized wire nails. When erecting post and rail fencing in the summer, it is advisable to set posts in concrete as it is difficult or impossible to ram dry soil tight.
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