" 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.