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Installation Guidelines for End Assembly and Corner Assembly Fence- For Horserail Fencing.

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Congratulations on choosing the world’s best flexible horse fencing – Horserail! Hope you’ve carefully researched and bought the original Horserail in Australia. It’s not just about aesthetics; it’s about the well-being of your animals and the easy management of your property. Now that you’ve made the right choice, it’s time to delve into an essential component of your Horserail fencing system – strainer assemblies. 


Strainer assemblies play a pivotal role in the durability and performance of your Horserail fence. They need to not only look good but also stay well-tensioned for an extended period. A well-constructed strainer assembly ensures the fence’s structural integrity and keeps your horses safe. 


The primary goal of constructing strainer assemblies in a high-quality, long-lasting, and low-maintenance fashion is to ensure that they fulfil their crucial role effectively in a Horserail fence. This approach distinguishes between creating a safe and visually appealing fencing system and one that performs poorly and doesn’t look good. 


In short, the effectiveness of the strainer assembly in your Horserail fence can make or break the entire fencing system. Therefore, before you dive into the installation details, it’ll be worth learning about the role and importance of strainer assembly regarding Horserail fencing. 


At Stock & Noble, we are dedicated to delivering the finest fencing solutions to high-end properties across Australia and New Zealand. One of our most popular and sought-after fencing systems is Horserail, which is a favourite of horse owners. With our extensive experience, we have assisted numerous clients in the proper and efficient installation of Horserail, primarily through the use of strainer posts. 


In this comprehensive guide, we will focus specifically on Horserail fencing and provide detailed installation guidelines for steel end assembly and corner assemblies. 


You will have all the information you need to build well-functioning, strong and long-lasting strainer assemblies for your flexible fence. 


Steps to Build End Assembly Fence and Corner Assembly Fence for Horserail 


Step #1: Identify the Location For Steel End Assembly and Corner Assemblies 

Begin by identifying specific areas on your property where you require strainer and corner assemblies. 


Angles and Corners

Focus on spots where there are angles or corners in your fence line. These are the primary locations for end or corner assemblies. 


Gate Placement

Keep in mind that on either side of the gate, you’ll need an end assembly to terminate the fencing and start it again. 


Planning and Marking

To kickstart your fencing project, it’s essential to finalise your plan and then clearly mark out the positions for end and corner assembly. 

These initial steps lay the foundation for the rest of your fencing project, making them a critical starting point. 


Step #2: Installing Strainer Post for Horserail Fence 

When it comes to setting up your strainer posts for end assembly or corner assembly, there are key considerations to keep in mind. Here’s how you can go about it: 


Selecting the Right Strainer Posts 

We recommend using 100 NB Galvanised steel posts with a wall thickness of at least 4 mm. 

These posts should be a minimum of 3 meters in length to ensure stability. 


Number of Posts Needed 

For a corner assembly, you’ll require three posts to complete the assembly effectively. 

On the other hand, an end assembly will need two posts to serve its purpose. 


Methods for Installation of Strainer Posts 

a) Ramming the Strainer Posts In

Ramming the posts into the ground is the most common and widely practised method. 

A general rule to follow is that at least half of the post’s length should be buried in the ground. For example, with a 3-meter post, ensure that 1.5 meters is below the ground, leaving 1.5 meters above the ground. 

Considering that Cattlerail is used for the horizontal rail, an efficient approach is to use a rail that is 3 meters long. This allows for the rail to be used with little or no wastage.  

 When positioning the posts, place them 3 meters apart to align with the Cattlerail length. 


b) Cutting and Welding the Cattlerail

At Stock and Noble, we typically provide two rails per end assembly fence or four rails per corner assembly. However, customers have the option to add more rails for added aesthetics if desired. 

For practical efficiency, two rails are usually sufficient. 

When welding the rails, it’s crucial to ensure they are at the same height as the Horserail on your fence. 

Clear communication about the desired top rail height is essential to achieve a seamless fit when your Horserail project is completed. 


Welding of cattle rail - horse fencing installation - strainer post

The above image shows an installation expert welding  Cattlerail on site.


Pro Tip

During this stage of installation, the installer should have a good sense of the fence line’s gradient. Visualising how the rails will follow the contours of the land, especially if there are undulations on the property, is crucial for achieving the best aesthetic results.

Maintaining a uniform look with the fence line is essential, and even a slight tilt or drop of one strainer assembly can impact the overall appearance of the fence significantly. 


Step #3: Weld on Hardware Bolts on the End Assembly and Corner Assembly Fence 

Now it’s time to securely attach hardware bolts or steel bolts to the strainer assembly or corner assembly, especially where Horserail brackets like end brackets or internal corner brackets will be used. 


Follow these steps: 

  • Weld the bolt ahead of the intended location on the strainer post. 
  • Next, attach the buckle or bracket to the bolt. 
  • Finally, screw the nut onto the bolt. 

end assembly - horserail installation

The above image is an example of an end assembly.


We recommend this approach as this installation technique makes it effortless to remove the nuts when needed, allowing for straightforward removal of fittings and convenient fence maintenance. 


Step #4: Paint the End Assembly 

If you plan to paint your steel end and corner assemblies, this is the ideal time. Steel is one of the toughest surfaces to paint on, so we recommend using superior-quality steel fence paints. 

You need to clean the assembly, apply etch primer, and finish with two topcoats of steel paint for long-lasting protection and a polished appearance. 

Check out our blog for the right methods and detailed steps on painting your galvanised steel assembly. 


Step #5- Fit the Horserail Fencing 

After completing the strainer and corner assemblies, proceed to install the Horserail fencing by attaching it to the assemblies. 

And it’s done! Enjoy your safe and beautiful fencing for decades. 


Additional Considerations 

Adjusting Corner and End Assembly Heights 

Depending on how you intend to attach the top rail to the line posts or the post running between the assembly fence, you may need to adjust the height of the end and corner assembly posts. 

This adjustment may be necessary due to the way internal corner brackets fit onto the post. 

If you plan to use 90-degree brackets for your top rail on the line post, constructing the corner assembly at least 80 mm higher than the line post is essential for successful bracket welding. 

If you have any doubts or require clarification, don’t hesitate to reach out to Stock & Noble to consult with fencing specialists who can provide expert guidance. 


Ready to build your End Assembly and Corner Assembly Fence 

Strainer assemblies are the linchpin of your Horserail fence, and their effectiveness can determine the success of your entire fencing system. Whether you’re setting up end assemblies or corner assemblies, the steps outlined in this guide provide a roadmap to ensure that your strainer assemblies are built to last. 


In conclusion, the corner and end assemblies are the backbone of your horserail fencing system. These assemblies must be constructed with precision and durability in mind, as they need to withstand changing seasons, ground conditions, and the pressure exerted by horses. That’s why at Stock & Noble, we prioritise building your strainer assemblies once and building them right ensuring the long-term integrity and safety of your Horserail fence. 


Don’t compromise on the corner and end assembly – invest in quality to create a fencing system that stands the test of time. Your horses and your property deserve nothing less. There are also some critical factors involved in planning the materials and installation of the Horserail. It will be valuable to gain knowledge of these as you move further. 


With well-constructed strainer assemblies and Horserail fencing, you’re not just investing in your animals; you’re investing in peace of mind and the promise of a safe and beautiful property for years to come. If you have more questions on horse fencing or want to discuss your project and fencing requirements in detail, speak to our fencing experts. They will guide you at every step to help bring your vision alive. 

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