Introduction to Fencing for Florida Horse Ranches

When preparing or improving a property for horse ranching, there are many things that need to be taken into consideration including water availability, shelter, and fencing. Fences on horse ranches for sale in Florida are not only designed to keep horses confined in designated areas, but they also provide an additional layer of protection against hazards such as toxic plants, passer-byes, and other animals.

Additionally, fences help to prevent horses from causing injury to themselves by restricting their access to areas that are unsafe for them to wander about. In order to construct or improve an existing fence to be ideal for horse ranching, three major factors must be given due consideration. These are height, visibility, and choice of material.

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Height

Horses are very athletic animals that have no reservations when it comes to jumping objects to get to their desired destination, so it’s important to have a fence that is tall enough to deter a horse from jumping over it. For most horses, a perimeter fence of 5 feet or taller will be suitable. For more daring horses or taller breeds, the fence should be at least 6 feet tall. Fences that create a separation within a pasture (interior fences) should be at least 4.5 feet tall.

Visibility

The visibility of the fence is very important. Horses love to run and can sometimes forget their boundaries. This can lead them to accidentally run into a fence, if it is not easily seen. Depending on the type of fence you choose, you may need a top sight rail. A sight rail is particularly necessary with wire fencing, which is not as visible to a horse as fences with thick wood or PVC boards.

Choice of Material

The strength of material used for fencing is just as important as the fence itself. Depending on the strength of the horse, climate, and soil conditions of the property, some materials may be more effective than others. It is also important to note that  barbed wire should never be used, as it as it is difficult for the horses to see and can cause serious injury to the horse. The safer and more commonly used fencing materials for horse ranches for sale in Florida include wood, PVC planks, PVC coated lumber, and.

Other commonly used materials for fencing include:

  • High-Tensile Coated Wire
  • High-Tensile Smooth Wire
  • Mesh
  • Metal Pipe
  • Monofilament
  • Chain Link
  • Plastic Grid
  • Rubber Belting

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