Essential information on equestrian fencing

Pasture Fencing

The pasture fencing requires your best decision making skills because you will need to make lots of decisions. The most primary decision you must make in this aspect is about the type of fencing you should use for pasture. Since each kind of fencing offers its own benefits and risks and also different kinds suit different animals differently. So, it is wise to know about the variety of pasture fencing. Following are the top four fencing types for pastures, read on to make sure you make the right choice and save yourself some cash and energy.

Electric Fencing

Electric fencing is an economical pasture fence to keep your animals safe and contained. As the name suggests, it functions by electricity. When animals come in contact with it, a shock is given to prevent them from challenging the fence. For this reason, animals usually don’t lean on it, thus there is no need to keep it strong like other pasture fences. My Gallagher M300 powers our entire fence line with no problems and it’s a “mid level” charger when it comes to power.

Its cost-effectiveness and easy to install and operate qualities are among its various benefits. Suitably designed and built electric fence provides good protection against predators. That’s why it is used to keep the sheep and goats safe from predators. The large animals like horses and cattle are also contained in electric fencing to keep them from challenging or running through the fence.

Barbed Wire

The bard wire fence is usually made electrified through strands of wires twirled around pointed barbs. Also, barbed wires are added on the top of wooden fence posts to make them more challenging for animals. The obvious benefit of barbed wire is its piercing nature. When animals try to lean over it, it pierces through their skin and causes pain. In this way it prevents them from challenging the fence. (see ChronofHorse on the subject)

However, this same obvious benefit can turn into a dangerous risk when animals contained in this type of fence have thin hide. For this reason, in the barbed wire fencing you should only contain animals with tough hides like cow and cattle. And you should never ever use barbed wire for horses, sheep and goats ranch. Since these animals have highly delicate and thin hides thus can get easily injured to a deep level. Furthermore, the barbed wire is an economical option to cover larger property.

Woven Wire

Woven wire fence is weaved by vertical lining of stay wires, which cross the horizontally placed line wires. In this way, both the wires support each other to be in place and spaced apart a few inches to 9 inches.

Woven wire fences are available in a wide variety of sizes and what size you should select depends totally on the animals it will contain. Woven wires in conjunction with stay wires build a strong and sturdy fence to keep the animals contained and safe from predators. This can be your ideal choice for keeping small animals like goats and non-horned sheep. Also, if you add barbed wires to woven wire fence, it will be an excellent fencing option for containing cattle.

Wooden Fencing

Wooden fencing has great classical look and has been a very traditional choice for containing large animals. Since its wooden rails or boards are strong and highly visible to animals like horses and cattle, it is safer to contain them. The wooden fence posts are traditionally placed at a standard distance of 8 to 10 feet apart and each of the wooden panel is composed of 3 to 5 wooden boards.

However, the maintenance costs of wooden fencing are very high, as it needs daily maintenance. Horses usually lean, masticate and crib on its wooden boards, for this reason daily repainting and re-nailing are necessary to keep the fence in shape. Apart from daily maintenance costs, its purchasing and labor costs are also very high.

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