Fencing: The Art of Good Neighbors

To build and maintain good horse fence does take time and effort, but in the end it can be very rewarding. We shall assume that the proper fencing materials have been chosen. However, a quick review of good, safe choices is helpful.
Share
Favorite
Please login

No account yet? Register

ADVERTISEMENT

"I have come home to look after my fences."
–Senator John Sherman (1823-1900), from a speech to his neighbors

When it comes to horse fences and the building and maintenance thereof, let’s face it, we have all sometimes felt rather like that ol’ rascal Tom Sawyer. As Mark Twain described one fateful day: "Tom appeared on the sidewalk with a bucket of whitewash and a long-handled brush. He surveyed the fence, and all gladness left him, and a deep melancholy settled down upon his spirit. Thirty yards of board fence nine feet high. Life to him seemed hollow, and existence but a burden." (From The Adventures of Tom Sawyer).

To build and maintain good horse fence does take time and effort, but in the end it can be very rewarding. We shall assume that the proper fencing materials have been chosen. However, a quick review of good, safe choices is helpful. (See "A Place Apart" in the February 2004 issue of The Horse, article #4913 at TheHorse.com.)

A sampling of veterinarians, extension specialists, and farm managers/owners across the country seems to show they favor fencing materials that are highly visible, have no sharp edges, and are relatively sturdy, yet give way in a collision. A horse will test a fence, one way or another, sooner or later

Create a free account with TheHorse.com to view this content.

TheHorse.com is home to thousands of free articles about horse health care. In order to access some of our exclusive free content, you must be signed into TheHorse.com.

Start your free account today!

Already have an account?
and continue reading.

Share

Written by:

Marian Carpenter, a lifelong horsewoman and writer, is executive director of the Texas Equine Veterinary Association. She lives with her family and equine friends near Amarillo, Texas.

Related Articles

Stay on top of the most recent Horse Health news with

FREE weekly newsletters from TheHorse.com

Sponsored Content

Weekly Poll

sponsored by:

What signs does your horse show when he has gastric ulcers? Please check all that apply.
81 votes · 204 answers

Readers’ Most Popular

Sign In

Don’t have an account? Register for a FREE account here.

Need to update your account?

You need to be logged in to fill out this form

Create a free account with TheHorse.com!