- Fence posts---wooden or t-posts
- Mesh fence
- Fence tightener
- Fencing tools
- Fence clips
- Electric fence charger
- Electric fence wire
Keeping horses is a challenge that can be very frustrating yet very satisfying. One of the biggest expenses horse owners face is fencing. Good-quality fencing will cost you as much as, if not more than, your actual barn and/or storage buildings. It is very important to build the highest-quality fence you can afford and to take the time to do it right. This article will give you some tips on how to build a solid mesh fence, one of the safest types of horse fencing there is.
Building a Wire Mesh Fence
Begin by building your corner brace posts. This is the most critical step and must be done properly. A standard "H" brace will suffice, but it needs to be of the strongest materials you can purchase. Pipe is your best bet, but wood is OK as long as you use a 4-by-4 post for each piece. Make sure you dig the postholes to a minimum of 24 inches and set the posts in concrete, allowing them to cure for at least 72 hours.
Run a guide wire from corner post to corner post. By using a guide wire, you will make sure your fence is straight and that you place your fence posts at equal lengths. Make sure the guide wire is about 6 inches from the ground and is pulled tight.
Place your posts. You can use t-posts or wooden posts. If you use wooden posts, you will need to make sure you dig the post holes to a depth of at least 18 inches and cement them securely. T-posts should be a minimum of 6 feet in height and will need to be capped after you install your fence to keep the horses safe. Place a post every 8 feet for maximum security.
Install your mesh fence. Secure one end to the corner posts and roll the fencing out to the next brace post. You will need to use your fence tightening tool every 8 feet to make sure there is sufficient tension. Use fence clips for each post to secure the mesh fence to the posts.
Add at least one strand of electric wire to your fence to keep your horses off it. Horses can be incredibly destructive and will push and rub against fencing. By adding an electric fence, you will make certain all your hard work is not in vain.
TIPS AND WARNINGS
- TIP : Take as much time as you need to do the job correctly the first time. Maintenance of fences can consume more time and money than you may want to invest!
- WARNING : Always follow precautions when using fencing tools and wire. They are sharp and can lead to some nasty injuries.