Top 10 Fencing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Besides the obvious, such as never using barbed wire, high-tensile steel cattle wire, or page wire fence to contain horses, here are some common fencing mistakes and how to prevent them: Poor planning: Before you begin, carefully map out your intended paddock area, making absolutely sure you know where the buried utilities and property lines are located. Consider other factors such as seasonal flood water levels and soil conditions both on the surface and 3' below it. Inappropriate fencing for type of horse: Stallions, for instance, require more robust fencing than a herd of quiet geldings or broodmares and foals. “I see a lot of people using the wrong fences for horses generally,” says Dain Rakestraw, marketing manager for Red Brand. “High-tensile smooth wire cattle fencing, barbed wire, wooden posts that are too small or too far apart, are all not suitable.” Poor visibility: While tightly-woven square, v-mesh or diamond…

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