Horse Fencing

We offer a superior horse and deer fence installation using our hydraulic post driver / hammer. This method of installing posts is without a doubt the best. Driving posts creates a technique called “hydraulic suction.” As the post is driven into the ground, the ground immediately around the post is mechanically strengthened by a reduction in soil porosity and an increase in soil compaction. Thus, the surrounding ground pressure will secure the post up to 16 times firmer than a similar bored and tamped post. See pics of post driver in action below.

If you are looking for some guidance on horse fence layout and design here is a link to a publication created by Penn State’s College of Agriculture Sciences titled Fence Planning for Horses.

Post Size and Post Spacing

Universally, wood board fencing requires a post spacing of eight feet. The wood boards that are used are 16-feet long and need to span two openings (or stretch across three posts). Although board fence posts can be either round or square, we prefer to use round posts because they last longer. When a board is nailed to a square post there is more surface for the board to contact, creating a moisture trap between the two pieces of wood. That in turn can lead to wood rot, decreasing the longevity of your fence.

Wood Boards

Almost all horse fences will have either three or four boards that run horizontally along the posts. The four-board fence will be stronger and will cost more per lineal foot then the three-board fence. There are three main types of boards…oak, treated southern yellow pine and hemlock…all of which have about a 15-year maintenance-free life expectancy.

Oak Boards

Oak boards fall into the hardwood tree family. Horses do not eat oak as easily as pine and hemlock, and it holds up better under abuse, and has tremendous durability. The downside is that as it dries out it tends to warp a bit.

Hemlock Boards

Hemlock boards weather so well that they do not need any chemical treatment to preserve them. This natural ability to withstand the elements without rotting and decaying also helps protect our planet by eliminating the need for harsh chemical preservatives. These boards also do not warp and will look great for a long time. The downside is if your horse is a cribber you will need to put a hot wire on the fence to keep your horse from eating the boards.

Southern Yellow Pine Boards

Southern yellow pine boards are a very popular board because it is one of the stronger boards in the pine family. And when treated with the chemical wood preservative chromated copper arsenate, it will last a long time and not warp. It will also be the most resistant to high acid content areas such as your barn or any other area with lots of manure.

Specs

  Posts
  • Length: 7 feet
  • Diameter: 6 inches exact round diameter
  • Southern yellow pine (CCA) pressure treated
  • Spaced at 8 feet centers

  Boards
  • Oak (1”x 6” plank)
  • Hemlock (1.25”x 6” plank)
  • Southern yellow pine pressure treated (1.25’x 6” plank)

Please click the images below to view the different types of horse fencing we build and install.