Most horses and ponies are happiest when they are grazing in a paddock with the company of other horses. They are expensive animals, so the last thing you want is a costly vet’s bill for a field accident that could easily have been avoided in the first place.
It’s not worth the risk.
So if your going to keep a horse or pony, it must live in a safe and secure environment which includes good fencing and paddock fencing.
Hedges and grazing should be free from all kinds of poisonous plants, and rubbish should always be removed.
For more information on poisonous plants for horses, scroll down to the bottom of the page.
A suitable field must have good fencing, to prevent the horses straying.
Unsuitable boundary fencing poses a risk to horses - Old iron rails, sheep mesh, pig wire, chestnut fencing and barbed wire, especially rusty or sagging wire.
If the boundary fencing is not suitable then this could easily be overcome by setting up electric fencing around the areas that are not suitable.
Always check the field boundary and never just take someone else's word for it.
There are many ways to secure land boundaries.
Wooden post and rails
This is the best type for horses and ponies.
It can last for over twenty years if treated yearly, and looks the part too.
The down side is, it is expensive and the horses will chew, lean and rub themselves, causing damage to the wood.
For added security, surround the paddock with electric fencing.
High-tensile wire mesh
This is heavy-duty wire mesh topped with a wooden or plastic rail.
The disadvantages are - it presents a risk to youngsters or small ponies that might put their feet through the mesh and get caught up.
Some horses will panic if they get a foot stuck and will keep struggling until they can free themselves.
This is an economic way of securing an area of land with a rail. The down side is a horse may loosen the wire by putting his head through or leaning on it in order to eat the grass on the other side.
This option is very popular, cheap and easy to erect and a favourite of mine.
It is an economic way of dividing fields, so that areas of grassland can be rested. This form of fencing can be both temporary or permanent.
It is also useful in keeping horses away from unsafe areas such as dangerous boundary fencing or certain trees or bushes that may be poisonous to horses.
Hedges make good fencing
This is a natural way to secure horses.
The hedge needs to be thick and trimmed annually, keeping it to a height of four to five feet or appropriate for the size of horse, so he is unable to jump out of the field.
Don't forget hedges can have gaps in them, so they too need regular inspection.
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