Over 1 million horse owners in the United States today will do their own fencing. The largest challenge for the majority of these DIY'rs, is knowledge. How to do it right with less work. What techniques are proven to last and provide the best containment. What works in their topographical region.
My hope as a women fencer, is to help make it easier for everyone to do their own fence.
Horse fencing is not complicated - and it doesn't have to be grueling either. I have been building fences for 15 years - in the field -gloves on - Duluth Trading Co hardy pants - it is hard work, but rewarding if done well.
POSTS. - Regardless of the fence you install these are the most critical part of any fence. If posts are done well and done right, they can last 25+ years - depending on the material, the way you set them, and the soil conditions.
FENCE MATERIAL. - Choosing the the material you use will be based on several factors, Cost - the biggest factor, Safety - the largest unseen cost, Style Preference - the least important factor in choosing a fence style. I say this because, what ever you like the look of, it may cost you more than you realize in the long run. We will talk more about this further down.
LAYOUT - Most DIY'rs are employed, horses are their love and passion not their income. Functionality is critical to the ease of care of yourself, your horse, and your property. A good design will help to simply manage the rotation process in all seasons with each unique property, allowing for less repairs and restorative labor in the long run. Also safety to horse and human. The majority of injuries to horses happen due to a fence or gate. Many serious injuries happen to humans at gates. We will talk more about this further on.
HOW WE SET POSTS
HOW WE BUILD WOOD FENCES
USE GOOGLE SATELLITE IMAGES - COPY PASTE INTO "PAINT PROGRAM" AND REDESIGN YOUR LAYOUT TO WHAT YOU WANT.
HOW WE BUILD H-BRACES FOR WIRE
LONG LAGS ARE BEST - COUNTER SUNK