The strength of fencing will be tested by horses which are large powerful animals. They will do this at times, just in the course of play, being awkward or curious.
They are also often known to be stubborn and display quite some drive to break down their boundaries. Many horse owners report that they have an animal that targets a particular post or section of rail. Stories range from “that @#$% horse just keeps rubbing its but against that post”, to “the stubborn thing keeps pushing or leaning against a particular section of rail”. They are born to be free after all.
Rest assure over time your horses will test your fencing.
How do you maximise the strength of fencing for horses?
A well designed, installed and maintained horse fence can out live its owners. We are proud to say that we have customers who did a good job of their installation over 30 years ago who still have their fencing without any serious signs of ageing or wear and tear at all. It’s quite a good feeling to hear reports from customers who installed their fencing over 30 years ago, would actually cut it down, roll it up and take it to heir new property.
There a several key questions we should ask so we end up getting a long lasting horse fence some of which are below;
- Is the fencing system really designed for horses? There are cheaper materials for other livestock but will they last? They are often less sturdy being designed for small less athletic animals.
- Are all the materials suitable to Australia’s climate? Are they UV treated and can they handle the heat?
- Is the fencing system inherently sturdy? Some tape, wire, mesh and rope fences are inherently flimsy and will not survive testing, in particular the “affordable options”. Ask yourself whether the horse fence survive the impact and attention of 900kg adult horses? The fencing needs to survive the impact and provide some discouragement by way of discomfort to the horse without injury risk. Some give is required, but a sturdy base.
- How can I discourage testing of the fence? Our product is often installed with a stand of electrified wire/rope/test to discourage continued testing of the fence. Often continuous electrification is not required but a “training them of the fence” approach can be effective. If I am not going to electrify what else can I do?
- How do I install posts properly? In a land of DIY there are a lot of ideas and some are quite of base. Make sure to ask you local post supplier for the proper options and techniques and refer to reputable online sources. Be specific ask for appropriate bracing techniques and please don’t just copy the neighbour. Consider your soil type in particular the impact of any highly moist soils or sandy soils, your approach may need to change.
Geofrey Smith is the Business Development Manager of Bounce Back ®Horse Fence. Bounce Back ® is wholly Australian owned and is manufactured exclusively in Sydney. He has overseen the development of the product, its marketing and the launch of www.fencing4horses.com.au.
He is married with three children and lives in Sydney.
The information provided is a suggestion only. This information is general only and it is up to the individual to ensure they use the correct fencing method suitable to their situation. Acacia Products will not assume responsibility for design choice by the installer. If unsure it is recommended that the owner of the property seek further advice through an approved Fencing Contractor. The views described in this article are of the individual and not the company. Always seek specific advice and consider you application carefully.