Good fences

Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Realty BWI Office

 " Good fences make good neighbors" is a saying we're all familiar with, but well-made fences make safe and happy horses.

  Fencing for your horses serves a specific purpose but it can also enhance your property. Proper planning is the first step in designing the fencing for your property. Each farm owner needs to decide what type of horse farm they have, the breed of horses that will reside there and how many horses will be at the farm.

 Farms are generally divided into paddocks, with more paddocks usually being better than too few. This allows for separation of horses, if needed, and for rotation of grazing and maintenance of pastures.

  The ideal separation between paddocks is at least 14 ft. Horses won't be close to reaching each other from paddock to paddock and it allows for easy access of equipment in between.

 Fencing can be pleasing to the eye and still be safe for your horses. Many horseman agree that v-mesh wire fence with a top board, is generally the safest for horses. The wire should be between 2 and 4 inches off the ground. This is low enough, so that the horse can't get his leg underneath, but still allows for a weed trimmer to cut grass.

 If you choose board fence, four board is much safer than three. There is too much space between boards if only three are used. Also, with board fencing, even though most home home and farm owners prefer the look of the boards on the outside of the posts, it's safer for your horses, with the boards on the inside of the posts.

 While there are many other items to take into consideration when planning your fencing, hopefully, these ideas will start you in the right direction and lead to happy and safe horses on your farm.


Comments (3)

Kelly Parks, M.S.
Paris Gibson Realty - Great Falls, MT

Hi Kelly,

Great post again.  It is interesting that people don't really think about fencing as much as they should.  The good neighbor issue is important as well as the safety of the animals being confined. 

I can't tell you how many times I have been out showing real estate and ended up rounding up horses and ponies that escaped from poor fencing and are running down the highway.  For that reason I always carry horse halters and lead ropes and a lariat in my pick up.  I seems that over the years having them on hand has been pretty helpful.  Horse owners are always grateful for the help.  Here in Montana we still stop and help out. 

Good fencing is expensive and just like anything else you get what you pay for.  I have an equestrian stable and I have had many clients park their horses here at my place until they get the fencing together on properties.  I would rather that their horses be safe then have them risk injury or worse by trying to use old existing fencing until they get new fences in.  So for those reading this blog, please, please make sure your horses, ponies, mules, donkeys, llamas, goats, sheep, etc... are safe.  I look at fencing like this: " if my horse were my child, would I put them in there and feel good about it?". 

Thanks again,

Kelly in Montana

Sep 10, 2008 05:59 AM
Dawn LoPresti
United Country/Country Lanes Real Estate - Rutherfordton, NC

Hi Kelly

We have a lot of homes around here that have great horse potential-those are some good facts for me about the fencing-THANKS

Sep 10, 2008 08:09 AM
Gene Mock
Associate Broker ~ Premier Team, KW Realty - Leesburg, VA

Good Morning Kelly -  this is a very informative post.  Like you said - it's not always about how pretty it looks - but how safe it is for your horses.  Thanks

Oct 04, 2008 12:18 AM