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Unfortunately, no sort of fence matches all of the criteria for the best fence. Often there’s a location for more than 1 kind of fence onto a horse center. Stable management objectives and cost ultimately determine which fencing is selected. Lots of new fence materials and hybrids of conventional and new materials are now available.

Features That Apply to Any Fence Type

Great Planning Attributes


Planning includes more than picking a fence type. It’s ideal to develop a general strategy where the aesthetics, job efficiency, management practices, security, and financing are considered. The ideal planning involves a design drawn to scale which shows suggested gates, fence lines, where fences cross streams or other obstacles, irregular paths along a stream or barrier, traffic routes for horses and handlers, paths for water and supplies, vehicle traffic paths, and access for mowing equipment. These should be in regard to buildings and other farmstead features.


Select and install fencing which allows easy access to pastures and doesn’t limit performance of steady chores. Gates should be easy to operate with just 1 hand so the other hand is free. Fencing should also permit easy movement of groups of horses from pasture to home facilities. Lanes can be grassed or graveled based on the kind and volume of visitors that use them. Make sure they’re broad enough to permit passage of mowing equipment and vehicles. Farm equipment requires 12-to 16-foot-wide lanes to comfortably negotiate. Narrower lane widths are suitable for smaller tractors or mowing equipment. Don’t forget to leave space for snow storage or elimination across the sides of lanes and streets.


It’s ideal to eliminate fence corners and dead-end regions when surrounding a pasture for at least 1 horse. By curving the corners, it is less probable that a dominant horse will snare a subordinate. Round corners are particularly important for plank fences and highly suggested for wire fences.