There are many ways of fencing fields, indoor riding schools and all types of arenas. It is essential to know the pros and cons of all of them, specially their installation and maintenance costs, weather resistance, safety in case of accident, appeal… Your final choice will depend on all of these factors.
There are two main aspects to bear in mind when choosing a fence: suitability and cost. The ideal fence for horses must be safe for the animals in case of accident, strong enough for them and long-lasting. Its cost will depend on several factors: whether the chosen fencing materials are easy to obtain from nearby, their actual price and the installation costs and, above all, the fence’s maintenance costs.
Usually, the ideal height of your fence will be: 120 cm. for riding arenas; 140-150 cm. for fields; 150 cm. for horse-walkers, round pens and free-jumping arenas. In general, two horizontal rails between posts will be enough for fully-grown horses, while you will need three rails for ponies and very young horses.
Despite being quite common, we strongly advise against using wire mesh fencing, metal fences or precast concrete railings, for safety reasons.
Wire mesh or netting is a frequent and repeated cause of irreversible wounds among horses.
Metal-tube fencing, so common in our studs and riding schools, is a very rigid material which does not absorb impacts. Moreover, its installation and maintenance are costly for it requires constant upkeep and re-painting.
Precast concrete is fragile until it is installed, it requires “foundations”, is rigid, and will be damaged by weather changes after some time.
It would take us too long to explain here all the fencing solutions and possible combinations available, but we can propose several systems commercialized by LUPA after many years of comparisons and experience. All the fencing systems presented are sold by LUPA and, if you wish, we can take care of their transport and installation, both of which will be underlined in your estimate. Preparing the estimate does not, of course, indicate any obligation whatsoever on the customer’s part.
You can find the prices of our fencing solutions for horses in the store section of our website. The different types of fences are listed below: