The options that horse corral fencing offers depend on the nature of the horse you want to fence, the purpose of the enclosure, and the terrain involved. Cost, appearance, and safety are all paramount to the corral project, as well.
The material will influence the cost of the fencing. The length and the size of the corral, whether it needs to be electrified, terrain and number of gates affect the bottom line, too. Price is not the bottom line during a corral installation, as the cost will always take a back seat to safety.
For most horse corrals, wood is the classic standard. It looks good, can be painted easily, and is an economical option. The size and shape can be flexible according to the purpose and the ‘tenant.’ Steel, vinyl, no-climb, and other options are also available. Each is excellent for different reasons. Corral shopping isn’t like residential fence shopping, since looking at what the neighbors have in fencing isn’t always the best way to choose.
We understand that your horse is your pride and joy. It’s essential for the animal to be safe, controlled, and happy. With this in mind, the qualities of the horse will determine several features.
If the horse is a jumper or has an adventurous streak, the fence should be 6 feet high. Stallions will need a 6’ fence, and probably an electric wire running along the top is a good idea if the animal should ever decide to challenge the fence. You may also want to install a wire on the corral for those animals who enjoy leaning against the fence.
When it comes to size, the horse will be happiest if he has a little length to move, so a long narrow rectangle-shaped corral is more fun than a square shape because the horse will be able to run a bit. So, if you give a horse a 15x40 corral, he will have more room to run than if you make it 24x25. Either way, give each horse a minimum of 600 corral feet.
When a horse is cribbing
Cribbing is the habit of a horse to bite down on a fence and inhale deeply. While the horse may do it in response to digestive or emotional issues, the fence bears the burden of grief because a cribber can do severe damage to a fence if it’s cribbing on a regular basis. Here is a good article on that.
A ten-foot gate is standard as it will fit farm equipment when needed. The location of the gates will depend on the site of the barn, the road, and other buildings.
Regardless of the type of fence you’re considering, talking to a fencing expert during the planning phase will help take a lot of the guesswork out of the plan and offer some options the customer may not have considered.
If you're considering a fence or gate project in the Phoenix area, Sereno Fence builds custom fencing, fence repair, custom gates, gate repair, RV gates, horse corrals, pool fence, pool gates, custom welding, and wood fences. For more information call (602) 481-1604 today!