Horse Fencing Prices & Options
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While some may view horse fencing as a solution strictly intended for defining spaces for horses on a property, the reality is that the material provides additional benefits. When compared with the costs of chain link or other metal fencing, horse fencing materials can be somewhat less expensive. Additionally, horse fencing can provide an affordable alternative to horse panels, especially if it is important to provide a large enclosed area to the animals in question. Alternative options in fencing a pasture or enclosure can be found with rolls of strong wire, barbed wire or electric wire and fencing products.
Horse fencing costs will vary based on the type, height, strength and weather resistance of the materials used:
- 36-inch tall rolls of mesh horse fencing can range from $50 to $110 per roll per 100 feet
- 48-inch tall rolls of mesh horse fencing can range from $120 to $180 per 100 feet
- 60-inch tall rolls of mesh horse fencing can range from $180 to $200 per 100 feet
Supplemental and alternative costs to consider in a horse fencing project include:
- Wiring products - Creating a wire fence with strands of fencing wire rather than full-sized mesh fencing can range from $0.10 to $0.20 per linear foot of material
- Horse panels can range from $80 to $135 apiece based on unit dimensions
- Stakes for securing and supporting horse fencing can range from $3 to $10 apiece based on factors like height and material
- Tie wire for securing horse fencing to stakes can range from $0.10 to $0.20 per foot
Choosing the Best Horse Fencing for a Property
Personal interests and needs play a major role in the decision to install one type of fence or another as in the following cases:
- The type and size of animals to be contained is significant as large animals can damage inadequate fencing.
- The size of the area can influence the choice of materials, and a large property or pasture can be most affordably enclosed with wire.
- A fence composed of three strands of wire can be vulnerable to infiltration by a variety of pests and predators, posing the risk of loss and making a more secure fencing solution a better choice.
- Mesh horse fencing is a better option for keeping outside animals out of a pasture area, but height should be chosen to limit damage potential from larger animals.
Horses with short fencing may damage upper wires as they lean over to reach stray feed. Goats and other agile livestock may be able to breach a shorter fence and escape. At the same time, pets or pests can often infiltrate a pen or other area that is surrounded by a short fence. Short horse fencing, however, can be excellent for creating pens and spaces for potbelly pigs, geese or small pets.
Mesh Horse Fencing
Mesh sizing is important as well. Most mesh horse fencing is designed with rectangles measuring 2 inches in width and 4 inches in height. This is an ideal size for avoiding animal injuries and mishaps with feet poked through the fencing. It's important to realize that as the mesh squares or rectangles increase in size, the amount of material used to craft the fencing decreases, directly impacting costs. However, larger mesh rectangles can be less secure from mishaps and pest infiltration. They may also be structurally weaker. The purpose of the project at hand will determine the best fencing materials to be used.
Horse Panels as an Alternative Fencing Option
Horse panels are excellent for those who need to manage large animals with flexibility. Panels hook together conveniently for quick installation. It's easy to add additional sections to expand a stall or corral, and it's possible to adapt for more or less animals. Animals can be relocated to other areas of a large property with minimal teardown or setup activity. However, panels can be heavy and awkward to handle, making it important to work with a partner to place them. Panels work well for not only horses but also for goats, cows and other larger livestock.
Completing a fencing project to define animal spaces can be extensive, but it's also possible to create small spaces to limit costs. Full-pasture enclosure can be expensive, but beginning with stalls or smaller pens makes it possible to break the costs of the full-pasture project down over time. It may be helpful to evaluate the completed project by noting the areas to be fenced and the materials needed for completing such work. It may also be helpful to consult with a fencing expert who is experienced in field fencing and livestock issues to decide on the optimum materials and approach for a given area.
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Last updated on Apr 8, 2014