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post #1 of 8 Old 07-23-2015, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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Fence Height

I am going to install a new Horserail fence. I was wondering what height I should make it be. Two people said that 48" high is ok, but I read that 54" is a good height. So what do you all think. Let me know. We will be getting our first horse in about 2 months or so. Thanks for all your answers.
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I am going to install a new Horserail fence. I was wondering what height I should make it be. Two people said that 48" high is ok, but I read that 54" is a good height. So what do you all think. Let me know. We will be getting our first horse in about 2 months or so. Thanks for all your answers.
48" has always been fine for me, but I have never had fence testers. I am not familiar with Horserail, but I am a firm believer in backing up every fence with electric, at least one strand at the top. Even one well-placed hot wire goes a long way toward deterring fence testers/leaners/jumpers.

P.S., I have never kept super-tall horses, either, so if your horse or possible future horses will be stretchy jumper-types it might be wise to go with 54".
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five foot is a good height. six if you have bigger horses.
four foot is a tad short and easier for people to get over.
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You should also check with your local agricultural laws to see your counties minimum fence height.

I go with five to six feet myself as I like jumpers and eventers and they can usually clear anything under that easily.

I'll also agree to run at least one strand of hotwire or hot rope along the fence to discourage testers.
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I have always used 48" high woven wire without issue.

Ditto a strand of electric on top.

I have always had small breed horses, trained for trail. They have never been taught to jump anything - they either slide down, go under, climb over, or go around, lollol

Meaning it would never occur to any of them to jump the fence, not even my 16.1H fella who used to chase deer out of the pasture
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We go with 5' for the perimeter fencing and 7' for the round pen. We have drafts and that works well for keeping all but one of them in. That one's stopped jumping fortunately. Electric keeps them from just walking through. I wouldn't go below 4 1/2 ' though. I was always told not shorter than where the neck of the tallest horse ties into the chest.
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With field/woven wire fencing, we always used 5' with a strand of electric.
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I am going to install a new Horserail fence. I was wondering what height I should make it be. Two people said that 48" high is ok, but I read that 54" is a good height. So what do you all think. Let me know. We will be getting our first horse in about 2 months or so. Thanks for all your answers.
it depends on the horse I was told that with Mules having a taller fence is bad because they will try and jump it so you should get a shorter fence.

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