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A Few Common Problems To Avoid With Horse Fencing To Keep Your Animal Safe

by Jill Jenkins

No matter where you live or how much land you have, if you have horses, you need fencing. Each type of animal has its own special needs when it comes to fencing and if you do not follow them, you are putting your animal's health at risk. Unless you have a lot of experience with putting up a fence, it might be a good idea to have professional fencing services, such as Nickelston Fence Inc, set up you pasture. If you decide to do it yourself, here are some of the more common mistakes you need to avoid to keep your horse from injury or death.

Uncapped T-Posts

T-posts are used with a number of fencing materials. People use them with regular field fences, electric fences and chain link fences. They are stronger than a fiberglass rod and do not cost as much as using wooden fence posts. The big mistake people make when using T-posts is neglecting to cap them. Without a cap, the top of the post becomes lethal. A horse could bend over or trip onto the post and become impaled. Even if it is not done to the point of death, it can cause serious injury.

Non-electric Wire

Having an electric wire fence is a good way to keep horses inside the pasture. The first time the horse touches the wire, he or she will know to stay away from it; the gentle hum of the electricity will serve as a reminder. However, using that same wire without electricity can be a big problem. The wire is thin enough to slice through the horse's skin. While a shallow slice may not pose a big problem, if the horse hits the fence with enough speed and force, the slice is not going to be shallow.

Large Woven Wire

A typical field fence is made of thick wires woven together to form squares. When dealing with a horse, the squares in the fence should be no larger than 3 inches on all sides. Anything larger than that can trap a hoof that was inadvertently slipped through the wire. When the horse tries to move, the hoof will be caught, causing the horse to struggle and quite possibly slice leg tendons.

All fencing will require regular maintenance. If a cap falls off a T-post, replace it, if the electricity shuts down, or is shorted out along the fence line, find and fix the problem. Making sure your fence is tight in all places is the best way to keep your horse where it belongs and safe from hurting itself.