How to Keep Your Horses Secure and Safe from Injury
When it comes to equine fences, it’s important to choose well! It may seem strange, but it is possible to get the wrong fencing for your horses, as any veteran equestrian can tell you. In this blog, we’re looking at the risks posed by certain types of fencing, and how you can keep your horses safe and secure by making an informed choice all whilst achieving a great look for your property.
What are the risks of choosing the wrong fence?
Many people—especially if they are new to owning horses—tend to gravitate toward fencing that they feel as though they recognise, or copy what their friends or neighbours have, thinking that it can’t be too complicated. The truth is that livestock can’t all be treated the same way; a solution which may work for cattle may not work for horses. Some materials, like wire, are harder for horses to see, so they risk collisions (and lacerations!) with fencing that hasn’t been designed with this in mind.
PVC fencing is another common choice due to its looks, but it isn’t suited for keeping livestock. PVC can shatter when struck, especially if the temperature is low. Horses that accidentally run into PVC fencing, or kick it, can be harmed by sharp pieces left behind by the shattered fencing. This is why PVC fencing is usually used for decorative purposes only.
What horse fencing options do you have?
There are several types of fencing designed specifically for horses, and here at Stock and Noble, we have a few different solutions.
Stock and Noble Legacy Horse Rail has the aesthetics of a classic post and rail fence, making it easy to install and maintain, and is designed with a few extra features to help keep your horses safe. It’s flexible enough to help cushion impacts, and is constructed to be smooth and free from exposed wires.
Buckley Steel Fencing
Stock and Noble’s Buckley Steel Fence is as close to perfect as you can get. A premium steel board, the Buckley Fence is highly visible, smooth and rounded, and features no external nails, screws, or fasteners.
The rails used to construct the fence are fabricated to the perfect length, allowing them to stay strong and durable, while also allowing for flexibility. When impacted, the rails ‘give’ and then spring back into a straight line. They’ve also been designed to keep panicked and stampeding horses safe too—if a horse charges the fence, the rails are able to release from their posts without shattering, so that your horse avoids the dangers of shards and splinters.
Horses don’t see small objects particularly well, and this includes wires. This is why sighter wires exist—they are typically thicker and brighter, to help the horse see them. Sighter wires can be a great addition to almost any horse fencing, improving visibility and helping your horse steer clear of its own accord.
Our Border Line is a steel-free wire, so it won’t cause cuts or gashes like other wires can. It also has similar characteristics to the Stock & Noble tensionable Equirope, in that it will give way when impacted, before springing back into shape.
The right fence can save you in the long run
Anyone who owns horses knows that they’re very good at finding creative ways to get into trouble. If you’re trying to budget for horse fencing, remember to factor in the costs of your horses’ health, too. Opting for cheaper horse fencing may seem like a good way to save money, but a fence that can hurt your horses will cost you in vet bills eventually.
Here at Stock and Noble, we work hard to give you different fencing solutions to suit different budget levels but never at the expense of safety. We make premium products, designed to go the distance, and keep your horses safe and secure. Talk to us for any enquiries or get a quote estimate online today!
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