Those who take the time to learn all they can about nurturing and training a horse are destined to become caring, attentive horse owners. These hard-working equestrians are constantly concerned about keeping their horses safe from injuries and accidents. One common horse injury that occurs all too often involves punctures, cuts, and abrasions from sharp or poorly designed fencing. If you are a horse owner who is preparing to install or improve the fencing in the areas where your horses graze or are stabled or exercised, here are some important tips you can use to make sure the fencing will be as safe as possible.
Eliminate barbed wire
Accidents involving barbed wire are particularly brutal for horses. This type of injury often occurs when the perimeter fence is constructed of several strands of barbed wire, creating a fence that is both difficult for horses to see and extremely sharp. Horses who become startled by loud noises or the presence of dogs or other animals may gallop into these fences, inflicting serious injuries that can cause permanent disfigurement or even death. So the first fencing goal for horse owners is to remove all barbed wire fencing and have it replaced with a more horse-friendly fencing option, such as vinyl.
Make fencing more visible
Horses are safest when kept in areas where the fencing is easily visible to them. Improved visibility can be achieved in a couple of ways. First, white vinyl fencing can be used that is both smooth and safe to the touch, as well as easily seen by horses. Horse owners who want to use another type of fencing can make it more visible by attaching long pieces of light colored cloth or plastic tape. As the breeze catches the tape, it creates movement that horses can easily see so that they will be more likely to avoid running into it if startled.
Consider electric to bolster problem areas
If you have areas of fencing that will be difficult to make safe for horses to be near, a good solution may be to have an electric fence attached to the existing fence structure. Once the horses have explored the changes and received a shock from touching it, they will quickly learn to avoid the area.
To learn more about installing new horse-safe fencing or correcting any possible safety hazards in your current fencing, take time to discuss your situation and goals with a reputable fencing contractor, such as Rainier Fencing & Decking, in your area.Share