Installing a horse fence seems like an easy project requiring only some time, materials, and basic geometry. However, certain factors related to your land and your horses themselves play very important roles in the finer points of your fence design, like whether or not it's electrified, for example. In order to get the most of your new fence, here are four things to take into account when designing your new fence.
This doesn't necessarily mean the number of horses, which will be discussed later, but rather the different types of horses that you will be housing. As a general rule, five feet is a standard height to avoid horses jumping the fence. However, a greater height should be considered when housing particularly athletic horses, as some horses specifically bred for jumping can attain heights of eight feet or more, and particularly wily types of horses, like young colts, can jump considerably higher than, say, older breeding horses.
Size of the Herd
Obviously the number of horses that you'll be housing will impact the size of the corral, but exact figures can be hard to come by. One way to make sure your horses have plenty of room in their corral is by starting with a 10 foot by 20 foot space for two horses, and then adding one-half to this size per additional horse. In the case of three total horses, then, the size of the corral should be 15 feet by 30 feet, and larger by a factor of one half for each additional horse. This rule is useful to maintain the proper space to keep your horses from running into each other too much and to give them plenty of room for exercise.
This one plays into the equation if your fence is electric, as every electric fence requires a ground, much like other electrical circuits. If your soil is too dry, then the ground might not work properly, because dry soil does not conduct electricity as well as moist soil. If your soil stays dry for much of the year, then it might take some extra attention to make sure that your electric fence works properly in the dry, sandy soil.
Perhaps the most often overlooked factor when designing a fence is how much of your land you're allowed to occupy with horses. Zoning laws play a big factor in these decisions, as well as any extra stipulations on your deed or lease. Checking these and other relevant government sources like those available at your local town hall is a must when installing a new fence or expanding an existing one.
For more information about installing a horse fence, contact a company like Rapasadi Fence.