Horserail fencing is made for longevity, for giving on impact, for cushioning the horse, for overall safety. For low maintenance, for it’s good looks and ease of installation.
Traditional fencing has long been associated with what we call farm fencing or fencing for cows and sheep with horses not being specifically catered for. As farms carried more cattle or sheep, fencing was built to suit this need, horses just had to ‘fit in’. Of course, we now know that standard farm fencing just does not suit our flight or fight instinctive horses. We better understand how horses see, and with the development of many, many horse specific studs, we have all seen the need for horse specific fencing.
Plain wire fencing just does not suit horses at all. Wire can cause horrific injuries including; tearing, tourniquet, debriding, even amputation. Timber fencing can shatter and splinter, impaling horses’ bodies. As timber has no give, horses have also been known to die on impact. Steel alone is also too strong. While the strength of the fence will hopefully prevent cuts and open wounds, again, as it has no give, horses are more likely to break legs or die on impact.