Fencing options: Using temporary fencing
Many fencing options are available to horse owners, from electric wire, vinyl and/or wood rail to high tensile. It all depends upon what you would like to accomplish. Do you need temporary fencing for pasture rotation and/or for a short-term containment situation? Do you want a permanent installation, such as vinyl and/or wood posts and railings or T-posts?
The right design for your fence depends on the type of horses or livestock, the purpose of the fencing and the size of the area to be fenced.
Fields can be divided into paddocks, and in some cases, paddocks can be subdivided with temporary fencing to rotate grazing patterns.
If you have a horse who has been laid up on stall rest for an extended period of time, you will have to introduce them back into a grazing situation slowly over a long period of time. In this case, you DO NOT want to go with any type of fencing that they can easily escape from. Purchasing portable corral panels to make a round pen are ideal in this situation. Then panels are sturdy and easy to maneuver when you need to either move your pen or change its size and shape.
Electric fencing is ideal for quick and efficient installation of a temporary fence, such as for controlled grazing/pasture management.
Choices of electrical wire or tape include at least four types: steel wire, poly wire, poly tape and poly equine rope. According to information from Dare Products, supplier to Southern States® stores, the poly tape is the most popular with customers.
For horse owners, the half-inch or 1.5-inch poly tape is highly visible and easy to install, as are the other types. Generally, the wider type is used at the top of the post with the narrower width for a second strand. A variety of chargers or energizers - 110 volt, 12 volt and solar models - are available at Southern States stores.