Horses are large animals with a lot of energy. As such they require very good, solid fences to prevent them from getting out and running amok on the roads or private property.
A traditional fence constructed out of wood will not do, because it can be easily jumped over or otherwise breached by even a somewhat determined horse. In the following article, I will explain how to get good, solid horse fencing done right.
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Things You Will Need
– 6x galvanized steel T posts
– 6x five-foot-high, 3/4 inch (1.9 cm) diameter tension bands
– A strand of barbed wire or electric fence wire
Steps for installation
– Clear the immediate area. This means that you should either move your horse to another pasture or remove it from its current one until the job is done—this will save a lot of time and energy, particularly if it is a sizeable fence!
– Drill holes into all T posts at about 3 feet (1 meter) above ground level. Use the 6-inch long drill bit for this—it makes it possible to get them into the harder ground.
– Place the posts in the holes and tamp dirt firmly around them so that they remain securely upright.
– Stretch one tension band between two posts, connecting them with S clips. Make sure there is enough tension on said bands so that they don’t slip off or need constant adjusting!
– Attach another tension band approximately 18 inches (46 cm) higher up than your first one. Repeat until you reach the top of your fence, which should be somewhere about 5 feet (1.5 meters) off the ground. You can use more or fewer tension bands depending on how high off you want your bottom line to be.
– Attach the third tension band at around 3 feet (1 meter) off the ground, using S clips in the same fashion as before.
– Repeat step six, this time attaching a bottom line of tension bands somewhere around 2 to 3 feet (60 cm to 1 meter) off the ground.
– Place posts every 8 feet or so along your fence line and repeat steps 4 through 6 until you reach the other side—at which point you should also add another bottom line of low tension bands!
– Run a strand of barbed wire or electric fence wire along with the topmost tension band from one side to the other, making sure there are no gaps in between—this is very important if you want your fence to be effective.
– Trim the lower tension bands with wire clippers if they are too long; then attach your gate using hinges and padlocks to prevent the horses from opening it.
– Find an area where you want to put a stall, keeping in mind that it should be at least 8 feet (2.5 meters) away from the nearest fence line, post, or another obstacle!
– Dig a hole for each post 18 inches (46 cm) deep and just as wide—use a steel post hole digger for this purpose.
To avoid having to do all of this yourself, you can easily have a good fencing contractor come out and do everything for you quite affordably. And now you know how to safely install an electric fence for horses!
Benefits of Electric Horse Fencing
Horses will not attempt to breach a fence if it has an electric current running through it, so you won’t have to worry about them getting out and potentially harming themselves or others.
An electric fence also reduces the amount of work needed to be done as compared to traditional fencing methods. This is primarily because horses instinctively respond well to having electricity run through their body—this makes them very easy for humans and animals alike to contain!
If you want peace of mind when it comes time for your horse’s penning, then I highly recommend that you use some form of electric horse fencing. Not only does this minimize your workload and give your animal a better chance at surviving any mishaps without injury, but can also be used as an effective training tool for horses!
How to Make a Jump Chute for Horses
Jump chutes are one of my favorite horse training tools. They are quick to set up, portable and you can use them in virtually any area—whether or not you have enough room to ride! This is why they are so great for jumpers who compete on the go, though their applications extend far beyond just that.
To make one, you will need:
– A large sheet of sturdy plywood at least 4 feet (1.2 meters) wide and 6 feet (1.8 meters) long.
– Two pieces of strong plywood, 2 feet (60 cm) wide and 6 to 8 feet (1.8 to 2.5 meters) long.
– A piece of plywood that is 4 feet (1.2 meters) by at least 16 inches (40 cm).
– Six hinges, along with six drywall screws or nails long enough to go through the drywall and plywood.
– A piece of galvanized wire or electric fence wire at least 18 inches (46 cm) in length, with small clips on each end.
– Something heavy to serve as an anchor for your jump chute’s uprights—such as a 5-gallon bucket filled with sand!
1) First, cut your 16 inches by 4 foot (40 cm by 1.2 meters) plywood sheet so that you have two pieces: one 2 feet (60 cm) wide and 6 feet (1.8 meters) long; and another measuring 4 feet (1.2 meters) by 2 feet (60 cm). Glue these together using 3/4 inch (2 cm) nails or screws to form the box for your jump chute.
2) Next, cut out a 16 by 24 inch (40 cm by 61 cm) rectangle from the remaining plywood sheet and nail it to the top of one end of your jump chute’s box. This will serve as an opening that you can easily push horses through!
3) From this same piece of plywood, cut out a large flap measuring 12 inches (30 cm) wide and 24 inches (61 cm) long. To make hinges, use a jigsaw to carefully cut one side of each hinge along its length—do not use force when cutting these hinges as this may result in bending them! Instead, simply let the jigsaw’s blade do all of the work.
4) When cutting out the part that will form the flap, make sure no points are sticking out which could potentially scratch or injure your horses. Nail this large piece to the top of your jump chute’s box with screws instead of nails—this is especially important if you plan on using it every day, as every time you open and close it, it puts stress onto these hinges!
5) Now cut a 6 foot (1.8 meters) long piece of wire or electric fence wire and attach one end to an upright with a small clip. Push this up until its anchor rests against one end of your jump chute’s box—make certain that when you push the wire through the plywood, it comes out at equal length on either side! Use a clip to attach the other end of this wire to one of the uprights where you plan to store your jump chute when it is not in use.
6) Finally, make sure that all of your wires are high enough off the ground so that they do not get tangled around your horse’s legs while you are training them—it would be very dangerous if an animal were to become entangled in any way! Use screws or nails to affix your pole or anchor firmly into place—making sure that these are flush with the wood and cannot easily be removed.