Horse Fencing Questions

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Thursday, June 19, 2014 — No Comments Yet


President, Dwayne Job recently gave a presentation for the Management of Equine Environment course, part of the online equine studies diploma program offered by Equine Guelph at the University of Guelph. He encouraged the students to ask him further questions about their studies, barns, or equestrian lifestyle. Here is an e-mail from a student inquiring about the best fencing available. Also there is a link to the main page of Equine Guelph for more information about the programs they offer.

Hello Dwayne,

Thank you so much for being here this week! I have some questions about building an arena fence. What do you think is the best type of material to build an arena fence out of? Would you recommend the same material for a round pen or is there a better material? What about the spacing of the posts? What do you recommend for each?

Thank you so much,


Hi L,

I’d have to say the Flex Fence is still my favourite fencing after 27 years of working in this business and watching countless farms. It is three high tensile wires encased in a plastic polymer coating that provides a strong barrier that flexes on impact. It requires very low maintenance because there is no painting required and has strong break strength. However, it has to be accurately installed or it does not look nice or last very long.  Post spacing can be as little as 12' apart, so you can reduce the amount of posts you use.

For a round pen, I always recommend corral panels. Depending on what you are doing in the ring will depend on the style and strength of the panel that you should purchase.  If you are always in the ring and working with the horse, then a 5' high lighter weight panel would work perfectly. If you use it as a turn out then you need to upgrade to a stronger panel. Painted, galvanized or hot dipped galvanized are some of the panel options that you have. Also, there are 8’, 10' or 12' panels that you should be able to choose from.  However, the more economical option is the painted 12' panels and the most expensive would be the 8' hot dipped galvanized.

Thank you for asking and I hope this helps,


Thank you so much for your reply! This has given me some great new ideas and perspectives while building our facility! Safety of the horse and rider always come first for me so this helps a lot!

Thanks again, 


This here is an example of one of our Black Rail Flex Fences.

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