How to Install No-Climb Horse Fencing

By Rachel Aenne

horse on green pasture image by Calin Tatu from Fotolia.com

Items you will need

  • No-climb wire fencing

  • 8-foot wood posts or T-posts

  • Post hole digger or T-post driver

  • Wire

  • Fence clips or nails

  • Fence stretcher

Fencing is one of the most important things to consider when preparing a property for horses. No-climb horse fencing is made of woven wire with spaces no larger than 2 inches by 4 inches, and is considered one of the safest types of fencing because horses won’t be able to get a hoof, leg or head stuck in the fence. When installed close to the ground, the small spaces also help keep away dogs and other animals that might chase your horses out of the pasture.

Sink corner posts in concrete to a depth of 24 inches. Run a guide wire between corner posts. The guide wire will help you keep your fence straight as you install it.

Brace each corner post with two posts located 8 feet from the corner post, one on each side along the fence line. Sink the brace posts in concrete to a depth of 24 inches. Install a horizontal cross-brace between the corner post and each brace post. Run a diagonal wire from the top of each brace post to the base of the corner post. Tighten the wire to create tension.

Set wooden posts or T-posts every 8 to 10 feet along the guide wire.

Unroll the no-climb fencing along the fence line. Install fencing with the smooth side on the inside of the fence. Secure the fencing to posts, using fence clips or fencing nails. Use a fence stretching tool to maintain tension and prevent slack.

Cut off any excess fencing at the end of each roll. Start again with the next roll of fencing.

Tips

  • Consult with a professional, if needed. Fencing should be done right the first time. Read directions and safety precautions for all equipment used. Extra wire from the ends of the rolls can be used to protect trees.

Photo Credits

  • horse on green pasture image by Calin Tatu from Fotolia.com