Frequently Asked Questions

At Bounce Back horse fence we consider your questions are never to simple and believe it or not most have been asked before.

Star Picket Covers can be easily installed to new and existing fences.

There is no need to remove posts from the ground.

Step 1: Slip Star Picket Covers Over The Star Picket Post

The cover should fit easily, and be slightly loose to allow for any bent pick posts.

You can see from the picture to the left that there is some space inside the cover.

Step 2: Drill Hole Through The Top Of The Sleeve.

On the two long sides, drill a hole directly through the star picket sleeve.

This hole should be at-least 10mm in diameter (this will match the diamter of the hole in most star pickets).

The whole centre will be 25mm from the top edge of the sleeve, and approximately 18-20mm in from the point of the picket sleeve.

But please check your picket post as the position of the top hole may vary between brands.

Step 3: Place A Picket Sleeve Cap On The End.

Our picket sleeve cap can then be slipped on the end of the cover.

The picket sleeve cap will be a snug fit, but is not particularly tight.

It will be secured to the cover in the following steps.

Step 4: Insert A Cable Tie.

Thread a cable tie through the holes in the cap, and through the drilled holes in the star picket sleeve.

Tighten the cable tie as per normal.

We recommend a 7.6mm black cable tie.  This fits neatly into the hole.

The length can be as short as is available, which is likely 200mm.

Step 5: Remove The Excess Cable Tie

Once the cable tie is tightened remove the excess plastic.

Be careful to trim the plastic without leaving sharp edges.

Step 6: Attach The Desired Wire Clips Or Brackets As Required.

Various wire fencing and mesh clips can be attached to the covers using the correct screws.

Don’t use screws with timber or steel cutters.

A tight thread would be most beneficial.

This is the most commonly asked question of all customers.

The short answers is that it is your choice.  We do sell a range of fence posts for horses that are often used with our rail, see horse fence posts.

However timber, in particular treated pine, is the most common material used we will base the rest of the comments based on that kind of post.  If using other materials you will need to ask your supplier for posts of equivalent strength and properties to what is described below.

Interim Horse Fence Posts

The most commonly used post for interim posts are 100-120mm round treated pine or hardwood.  Whatever post you chose to go with should be equivalent to or have greater strength than a 100mm round treated pine.  (Be aware that for their size round posts are stronger than square or rectangle posts as they benefit from uniformity of pressure).  So wherever you buy your posts from advise the merchant of this requirement and please do not rely on a comment like “people have been using these posts for horses for ever”.

The length of the post required is a little more subjective.  Obviously the first factor is how high you want the fence to be, which is usually between 1250mm and 1500mm.  This will be determined by what kind of horses you are keeping, obviously height is not critical if you keep miniatures but if you keep thoroughbred, Clydesdale or draft horse stallions it most certainly will be.

The second factor is how deep the post needs to be installed.   In reasonable soil conditions which do not have problems with water and or sandy compositions a depth of 450-500mm can be appropriate.  A general rule of thumb for fence posts is 1/3 depth to 2/3 above.  In certain soil types and given our interim posts support little weight, merely vertical and horizontal alignment of the rail, a depth of 450-500mm to 1300-1350mm above is sometimes appropriate.   However we suggest that industry guideline of 1/3 below and 2/3 above be followed to ensure a lasting fence line.

This makes 1800mm or 6ft posts quite adequate in most circumstances.

However the general rule can not always be followed and a decision regarding your soil conditions is required.  We are aware of customers using 2.4 metre posts with a 50/50 ratio of depth to post height.

Straining Horse Fence Posts

Straining posts are used at the ends of runs, corners and where runs terminate at gates. These posts bare the pressure of the horse rail and are a critical component in our fence system.

We specify 200mm round as the minimum for any timber posts. This will provide both the strength and the girth to cope with the strained rail.  Additionally these posts must be properly braced.  Obviously steel posts and some of the laminated posts will flex less under strain and therefore need not be quite so large.

We also specify a hole depth at-least equal to the height of the fence for straining posts. Commonly customers used 2400mm (8ft) posts for this purpose. Unless posts are rammed in, concrete must be used for all posts.

Occasionally we hear stories from customers that timber merchants have advised that straining posts can be quite a lot smaller than we have suggested above. From time to time this is correct, based on their knowledge of local soil conditions.  However at other times this answer results from the customer not explaining the nature of the rail to be applied.

Our rail will be far tighter than most wire fences and this must be considered. Our rail can also be tensioned to a higher level than some similar products in the market that use different straining mechanism.

If you are to spend a little extra money to be sure of a good installation we suggest the straining posts is definitely the item to spend upon.

The industry rule for straining posts is 50% below and 50% above and we believe this minimum should be adhered to.

Our system allows for a broad range of post spacing.  This allows our customers to match any other existing fencing, like traditional timber post and rail that might be at an entrance to the property.  This range of post spacing allows for equal spacing on various runs, without need of smaller adjustment sections to make up the length of runs.

However for aesthetic reasons we recommend customers space their interim posts between 2 and 5 metres.

If post spaces are closer than 2 metres the fence starts to look quite cluttered.

If post spaces are greater than 5 metres than the fence starts to look quite unnatural, and the lower rail will highlight undulations in the surface.  If the property has undulating surface consider shorter post spacing.

When fencing round yards post spacing needs to be closer to the 2 metre end to avoid the round yard looking like a hexagon.

My personal preference for aesthetics is around 3 to 3.5 metres.  At this spacing the fence still captures that traditional timber post and rail look.  However many customers prefer a larger spacing around 4 metres as this reduces the number of posts (and therefore cost and work) and also may improve safety.  The less posts there are than the less posts are there for your horses to run into.

For further information see our video on Horse Fence Posts.

Our rail is 120mm wide.  This is significantly broader than the cheap and highly marketed imported products which are typically 4.5inch or approximately 100mm wide.

The extra width provides firstly for greater visibility for the horses and provides the owner with a more substantial look.

The 120mm width has the added advantage of providing a traditional timber post and rail look.

For more information of the products dimensions see Horse Fence Rail Specifications.

This step by step guide will show you how to easily install the wire end vise cover.

  1. Measure the amount of wire required to allow for restraining, using your straining tool as a guide.
  2. Trim the wire to desired length.  This is usually between 10 and 15cm. As a guide the wire when bent should nearly reach the nearest other wire end vise, immediately above or below.
  3. Then carefully fold each wire back up against the post as gently and neatly as possible.  Please be careful, high tensile wire will snap if bent sharply.  Use your hand and not a hammer.
  4. Consider tidying the wire further by stapling the wire to the post.  Nail a staple over the wires between the vises.  This step is only usually required if using narrow round posts (less than 200mm) or if the vises are not square, in a straight vertical line or otherwise a bit messy.
  5. Drill in four stainless screws for each pair of vises to attach the wire end vice cover to the post.  Screws should be between 10mm and 20mm long.  Note: Galvanized screws of this length are not often recommended as the thread tends to be to narrow for the coating to be effective.

Note that on gate posts it is often required to install the cover over each pair of vises separately.  This is needed to allow for gate hardware to be attached to the post.  In that instance cut the the covers into 150mm lengths with a knife, pair of snips or hacksaw.  Generally though the cover will be used in one piece on the straining post to cover all of the vises on that post.

If you have any more questions on how to cover wire end vise please contact us.

Customers are often excited about our horse fence products because they never need painting.  But what to do about the posts?

We can recommend Derivan’s anti crib for its easy application and long lasting finish, see Derivan Anticrib for more details.

If you want to avoid painting your posts all together, try Woodshield posts.  They are a natural pine post covered in a similar material to our rail.  All Woodshild products are made in Australia

As always we are here to answer your questions.  If the list of FAQ’s does not answer your particular questions please contact us by any of the below

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