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Best practices to buy Horserail.

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If you are looking to buy Horserail or any plastic horse fencing, you want to make sure that it’s the absolute best fencing for your horse property. Once you finalise and purchase the wrong option it takes quite a bit of effort, time and money to replace it. Also, you want the process of searching, choosing and buying the Horserail to be enjoyable and not stressful.  


Horserail is one of the most sought-after fencing solutions across the world. The brand has now become generic to the entire category of plastic horse fences. It’s quite interesting to read about the differences between the original horserail and other options. And also know how and why different brands across Australia and New Zealand call their flexible plastic rails as Horserail. 


At Stock & Noble we provide our customers with the finest fencing solutions across Australia and New Zealand. We stock the original Horserail sourced from America, and Legacy Rail which is the best-in-class plastic rail options available today. Based on our years of learning , the experience of our customers and continuous interaction with fencing contractors we will share insights which will help make your Horserail buying experience smoother, better and much more enjoyable. 


In this article we will discuss 6 best practices of owning Horserail, which you must read and follow before ordering your fence. 


So, if you want to buy and install Horserail that’s perfect for your property following a step by step laid out hassle free and stress-free process, then read on. 

  1. Know your options for Horserail 
  2. Decide how many rails do you need? 
  3. Plan your fencing layout with Horserail 
  4. Check the lead time and availability of stock 
  5. Buy extra fittings at the time of ordering Horserail 
  6. Check and confirm the warranty of your Horserail


1. Know your options for Horserail

As you might already know knowledge is power. The more you know about the different options available for your horse property, the better decision you can make.  


We recommend you start your research by focusing on in-depth learning of different types of horserails or plastic horse fences and choose the one that best matches your vision. 


The main brand of Horserail available in our region currently are: Stallion Rail from Duncan Equine, Horserail and Legacy Rail available at Stock & Noble, Bounce Back at fencing4horses, Zappa Rail and Equi Rail available at thinkfencing. 


They are all great products depending on the need of your horse property. 

Big 8 factors to consider when comparing products: 

  1. Rail width 
  2. Looks 
  3. Quality 
  4. Type of plastic 
  5. Number of wires 
  6. Warranty 
  7. Colours 
  8. Cost 


It’s a great idea to compare different plastic horse fences in detail and learn how each of these factors plays an important role in making a Horserail fit your vision and budget.  


Another important decision you need to take is whether you want an electric or a non-electric Horserail. 


2. Decide how many rails do you need?

Great you’ve already reached your next best practice to follow! If you’ve decided which plastic horse fence you need, it’s time to look outside the window at your horse property and ask yourself, how many rails will I need?” 


These 3 questions will help you gain some more clarity on conquering this step: 


Q1. What’s the main purpose of this Horserail? 

Is it for foals, yearlings or stallions? For foals or nursery paddocks, we recommend a 5 rail configuration. For others, it’s a choice based on what you like to see and live with every day. 

Q2. What’s the visual barrier you want?

The typical configuration of plastic horse fences we sell is 3 to 4 rails. A 4 rail provides a better visual barrier, and closer rail spacing and is definitely more stunning. 

Q3. What’s your budget?

 If you want to cut down on rails, consider adding Borderline or Equirope between your larger rails. Typically, horse properties use 4 to 8 runs of Equirope. 


3. Plan your fencing layout with Horserail 

We often say this and truly believe that a job well planned is a job half done. It’s extremely important to plan your fencing layout, make a rough sketch, mark your boundaries, know how many rails and other fittings are needed, where the gates are going to go, and so on and so forth.  


These three things can further help you plan your fencing layout efficiently and effectively:  


  1. Use “Plan my fence” an interactive mapping tool that will help you figure out a rough meterage and cost based on your property details. 
  2. Connect with a fencing supplier and get a detailed CAD design made to have a much better understanding of required supplies and placement of your horserail. 
  3. Educate yourself, read, watch and dig into learning resources that will help you plan the fencing and install Horserail. 



4. Check the lead time and availability of stock 

Once you decide on your fencing and the deadline of your project it’s recommended to contact your fencing supplier and check the lead time of your chosen fencing.  


If there’s no stock or a longer lead time than what you planned for, you should have enough time to look for another supplier offering a similar product.  


In the post covid world the supplies of goods and services have been affected and there could be unexpected delays in your order, especially where the product involves sourcing from international hubs. 


It’s best to check the availability of stock well ahead of time and also have an idea of the lead times of different types of horse fencing options available in Australia and New Zealand. 


At Stock & Noble, we always advise our clients to pay a deposit on the stock that is still on order.  This allows them to plan ahead knowing when they will get the product and have peace of mind of no unexpected price increase or delay. No matter which fencing supplier you choose if the product is in stock you should pay for it as soon as possible, even if your order has to sit for a week or two while you wait for your contractor to begin. 


5. Buy extra fittings at the time of order 

When you ask for a quote on Horserails, posts and fittings from a fencing supplier, it’s a good idea to request them to add a few extra fittings like end tensioners, joining buckles, spoolers, line brackets and more. 


While this may increase the cost slightly, most importantly this will ensure you have a seamless installation and have extra fittings at hand when your fencing is getting installed.  


Ordering extra fittings with the main delivery also prove useful for future maintenance, repair and replacement.  This eliminates the hassle of a reorder of smaller shipment or extra delivery charges of fencing supplies in the days ahead. 


6. Check the warranty and conditions of its validity 

Every Horserail product, be it the original Horserail or other types of plastic horse fences, all come with a warranty. It could vary from limited manufacturer warranty of a few years to a lifetime warranty.  


You must confirm with your fencing supplier or manufacturer about the terms and conditions of its validity. Make sure you follow their specific instructions, keep track of when the fencing was ordered and always keep your warranty documents handy.  


For example, at Stock & Noble, Legacy rail has a number that is kept on file. It is a product code that relates back to the date it was manufactured and the batch it was made in. You are required to retain the label with the code on it to claim the warranty 


Are you ready to buy Horserail for your property? 

If Horserail is your dream fence, you now know the steps to follow and make sure your buying process is smooth and enjoyable. You’ll be able to take the next step in transforming your vision into a reality for a beautiful property with a fabulous fence. 


You have the 6 best practices added to your checklist, so simply tick them off one by one and get your desired results while buying Horserail. You know all about how to choose, plan, buy and install Horserail, the next question that demands your decision is cost. Before you move ahead it’s best to check out the prices of different types of Horserail or plastic horse fences available today and choose the one which fits your budget. 


You are on an inspiring journey to create a beautiful property, so if you have any questions or want to have a one-on-one discussion on how to design your paddocks with Horserail. Or want to make sure if it’s the right fencing solution for your horse property then all you’ve to do is request a call. One of our fencing advisors will call you for an honest conversation on your dream fence, with a zilch obligation of purchase.  



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