Agricultural fencing for horses: How can it be preserved?
Often made of wood, agricultural fencing is popular with owners of horse rides, stud farms and people who keep just a few animals. It can be used to delimit horse pastures, or to fence paddocks or tracks.
As it is installed outdoors, it is frequently affected by the weather and can be attacked by moulds or fungi. How can it be preserved? How can you recognise a quality fence or barrier? We have the answers!
Impregnation - the key to preserving agricultural fencing
Impregnation consists in treating the wood with a vacuum and pressure process in order to protect it from bad weather and mould. To guarantee the effectiveness of the treatment, the wood must be very dry. Drying makes it possible to empty the wood cells of their water. The impregnation product will therefore be able to penetrate and preserve the fence in the long term.
Depending on the company activity, different types of impregnation are available:
- Salt impregnation gives the wood an olive-green colour. It is suitable for all situations where the fence is likely to come into contact with skin, particularly on tracks and paddocks. Using this process, the pens have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years.
- Coloured salt impregnation has the same advantages as conventional salt impregnation, but colours the wood brown.
- Creosote impregnation has the longest lifespan, up to 20 years. However, it is not recommended for areas where the skin may come into contact with the fence, as it is likely to cause irritation. Creosote impregnation is therefore ideal for enclosing pastures, especially for horses.
Impregnation of the foot of the post - An excellent compromise
What if you opt for a salt impregnation - coloured or not - and want to optimise the life of your fence? Some companies, such as Peter Müller, offer a hybrid solution that protects in particular the most sensitive part of the post, its foot. Since it is in permanent contact with the ground, it is more exposed to mould and fungi. Creosote prevents these problems. This is why it is possible to impregnate only the lower part of the post with creosote. The upper part is left raw or protected by a salt treatment.
Choose the type of fence - Practical and aesthetic aspects
The choice of fencing will of course be influenced by its use. Thus, the height and number of rails should be adjusted according to the size of the animals and their character. For horses, a height equivalent to two thirds of the height at the withers of the tallest horse is generally recommended. Depending on the temperament of the animals and the species, an electric wire can be added to the wooden pen. In the case of smaller animals, it is possible to equip the bottom of the fence with a wire mesh.
In addition to these practical considerations, there are of course the aesthetic preferences of the owners of the pasture, paddock or pen. At Peter Müller, different types of posts and rails are available.
A quality portal - Combining security and reliability
The gate completes the fence. This is probably the element that requires the most precision. It must be perfectly adjusted and assembled to open without any problem for many years. Here too, impregnation increases the life span of the wood. For greater stability, it is advisable to use a piece of wood placed diagonally. It also protects animals and prevents them from injuring themselves, for example by passing their heads between horizontal rails.
For greater security and to avoid animal theft, the gate can be equipped with a padlock.
Peter Müller, your partner for agricultural fencing for horses
For almost 50 years, Peter Müller has specialised in the production of horse fencing. Marketed under the name DURAfence, these are highly customisable and can be perfectly adapted to individual wishes and requirements. Peter Müller's experts are always keen to satisfy their customers and travel personally to the location of the future fence. This allows them to provide sound advice and determine the most appropriate solutions for the topography.
In order to offer a complete service, Peter Müller has its own assembly team. Working in Germany, France and the Benelux countries, it is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to build each fence according to the best industry practices. These unique projects meet the practical, aesthetic and safety requirements of the property owner.
Do you want to know more? Don't wait any longer! Contact the experts at Peter Müller!