When it comes to choosing equestrian fencing, there are many different types available however, one of the most important considerations is the guaranteed safety and security of your horses.

From durability to maintenance, cost and other factors, each equestrian fencing option has its pros and cons. We’ve created this guide with all the information in one place to help guide you towards the right choice for your paddock.

What is the Meaning of Equestrian Fencing?

According to Cambridge Dictionary, the word “equestrian” is connected with the riding of horses and “fencing” refers to fences or the materials used to make fences. Together, the phrase relates to fencing that is used for paddocks and areas horses are kept.

Types of Fencing for Horses

Wooden Post & Rail Fencing

One of the most traditional types of equestrian fencing is the wooden post and rail. They are one of the most popular fencing types chosen for paddocks because they are highly visible and, because they are mechanically driven into the ground, they are strong and sturdy too. Due to their strength, they are less likely to be affected by horses leaning against the structure, using it as a scratching post, or active horses bumping into the posts or rails – this consequently ensures safety.

There are common misconceptions that wood will warp, that it has a shorter life span than other materials and expensive, however the De Sutter Naturally range does not conform to these claims. De Sutter Naturally’s Tropical Hardwood range has a high durability class, long lasting quality for up to 30 years, and requires no maintenance. Although a soft, grey patina may appear after a few years, it still looks elegant and top quality.

Mesh Wire Fencing

More intricate than single wire fences, mesh wire fencing is available in diamond-shape design, crossover, V-mesh and rectangular shaping. If the wire is spaced adequately, this type of equestrian fencing provides safety and security. This means that the horses won’t get stuck or tangled, plus they won’t be able to climb over the fence.

Strong enough to absorb the energy of your horse, they won’t suffer any injuries and the fencing will not get damaged. At Norton’s Fencing, our X-net and Keepsafe options have a smooth finish to prevent injury and chaffing, and recommend this type of equine fencing for larger paddocks and securing boundaries.

Electric Fencing

Although electric fencing sounds quite dangerous, the shocks your horse will feel when they come into contact will not harm then, they will only cause mild discomfort. This feature is a great deterrent for the animals which ensures they stay safe and secure in the paddock, however there are some risks and disadvantages to electric fencing.

The electric supply isn’t always reliable, the single wires are not always visible to the horse, and they are not always resilient against strong winds if not installed correctly. On the upside, this choice of equestrian fencing is affordable and low maintenance, so great for small equine sites. Speak to us today about our electric fencing options.

What Kind of Fencing is Not Recommended for Horses?

Wide Wire Mesh Fencing

As mentioned above, wire mesh fencing is a safe and secure type of paddock fencing, however it is essential that the wire is spaced efficiently. If there are large, wide openings in the wire larger than 3 inches, injuries could occur and damage could be inflicted to the structure.

Barbed Wire Fencing

Severe injuries could also occur by using barbed wire fencing. This type of material should never be used for equestrian fencing as horses can get easily hurt whether it’s from running into the fence or simply just leaning against it. it also has little visibility for the horse and it requires regular maintenance.

What Fencing is Best for Horses?

If you’ve read through our options and you are still unsure of which fencing is right for you, then the Norton’s Fencing team are here to help.

In order to determine which fencing is right for you, it will be dependent on your budget, your preferred aesthetic, and possibly the shape and size of your paddock too. We are not just suppliers and installers of equine fencing, but we also have expertise in design and planning. So, we can provide professional support and services from start to finish.

Get in touch with us today to discuss your requirements.