Effective Horse Fencing


Learn more about safe fencing strategies for your horse facility.

Safe, sturdy fencing is an important component of horse facility management. Factors such as the purpose of the fence, pasture use, horse groups, and aesthetics should be strongly considered when planning a horse facility. Fences can be built using a variety of materials, ranging from traditional wood plank fencing, to more modern PVC and Polyethylene rails.   In this presentation, Dr. Chris Skelly will identify the key elements of horse fencing …

Basics of Effective Horse Fencing

Fences for Horses


Herd of horses in pasture

Taken from Fences for Horses by G. T. Roberson & R. A. Mowrey

Whether it’s a backyard pen for a single horse or a large equestrian center, a well-designed and maintained fence is an asset. While many people marvel at the appearance of attractive fences around pastures and paddocks,the appearance of the fence should be a secondary concern to the informed owner. A fence should be designed to protect horses, people and property.

A good fence should …

Types of Fences for Horses

Taken from “Fences for Horses” by G. T. Roberson & R. A. Mowrey

Fencing Materials

Horse in pasture

There are many options in fencing material available to the owner. The most common materials are wood, metal, plastic, wire and concrete. Some fencing systems combine more than one of these materials. Examine the pros and cons of all materials before making a choice.


Wood is one of the most popular materials available for horse fences. Wood can be used for posts, braces, boards …

Types of Fencing Available to Horse Owners

Adequate fencing is a necessity of owning or boarding horses. Many factors must be taken into consideration when choosing or building a horse fence.

This resource covers a vast amount of information about horse fencing including:

  • Purposes of a Fence
  • Height of the Fence
  • Selecting the Fence
  • Fencing Materials
  • Gates
  • Construction
  • Maintenance

Types of Fencing for Horses

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Horse Stall Design

No matter what your management style or needs, the basics of a safe horse stall are the same. Many options that effect function and cost are available for horse stall features.

This fact sheet provides an overview of some basic stall features for a typical 1,000-pound horse. You should adjust the dimensions for significantly larger stall occupants.

Horse Stall Design

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Stall Floor Materials & Drainage

The most suitable floor is highly dependent on management style, while personal preferences can have a strong influence. Fortunately, there are many options for suitable floors in a horse facility.

The objective of this resource is to provide information on stall and stable flooring materials, including flooring material attributes and options for overcoming some deficiencies.

Stall Floor Materials & Drainage

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Horse Stable Ventilation

We all know that the stable should smell like fresh forage and clean horses rather than manure or ammonia. Yet, failure to provide adequate ventilation is the most common mistake made in construction and management of modern horse facilities.

This resource covers common questions about ventilation, recommendations for providing effective natural ventilation and designs for improving ventilation in horse stalls.

Horse Stable Ventilation

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Horse Pasture Fertilization

Ann Swinker, Extension Horse Specialist, Penn State University

A good fertilization program is necessary to produce high yields of quality forage and to maintain healthy stands of grasses and legumes. The rates and types of fertilizer required vary with different forage crops, management intensity and soil type. Soil testing is a valuable tool when developing a pasture fertilization program. Sample hay fields annually and sample grazed pastures at least every other year. Contact your county Extension office for more information …

Weed Control in Horse Pastures

An essential component of managing horse pastures involves the task of controlling weeds. Some weeds that can be found in horse pastures are poisonous to horses.

Krishona Martinson, Equine Extension Specialist, University of Minnesota

Controlling weeds is probably one of the most important decisions to think about when managing horse pastures. Weeds are generally less palatable, less nutritious, and are less dependable as a forage supply to horses than the desirable pasture species they replace. Some pasture weeds are …

Pasture Facilities for Equines

Ann Swinker, Extension Horse Specialist, Penn State University


Horse under shed

Horses should have some protection from the hot sun, wind and precipitation. This can vary from a good shelter belt, a three-sided shed in the corner of a pasture to a complete stable with box stalls.

Horses without shelter will require more feed and water to maintain their health.


Wood post and rail fencing

Fencing for horses can be the traditional board or rail fence to electric wire. Several newer products are now on …