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.

Why Polyethylene and not PVC or Polypropylene

Polyethylene, as used for Horserail, has predominantly been used in premium industrial products such as paint containers, electrical cables, irrigation pipe and water tanks. It is used when flexibility and durability are required.

Experience in Australia has shown that Polyethylene will outlast other plastics. Some lower quality plastic products have failed after only 3 -5 years.

In Australia we have now seen Horserail installed up to 25 years with no signs of degradation.

Horse Safety

Horses can roll and even run into Horserail at speed. The width of the rail and it’s flexibility even when tensioned leaves horses’ injury free.  Splinter free and unable to wrap around horses legs, Horserail will support a horse as well as give them something to lever against to push themselves up, or break the force of impact.

Horserail will also serve as a more solid visual barrier for horses running at speed. Old fashioned wire is hard to see at different times of the day and with a horses head held high when moving quickly and playfully or in a panicked state, they tend to not see the wire at all, resulting in often devastating injuries, even death.

One incidence even saw a car crash through Horserail fencing at over 100km/hr. The posts snapped at ground level and the rail sprang back to the original tension.

This top class thoroughbred double barreled through the fence coming out with just a few scratches!

Strength and Durability

With a limited manufacturer’s warranty of 30 years, Horserail fencing has unmatched durability. Unlike traditional wooden post and rail, Horserail won’t fade, warp or become brittle in extreme weather conditions. 

No one builds a fence thinking “bad things” will happen to it. You think “it just has to be strong enough to keep my horses where I want them.” As you see – Horserail fencing can do both at the same time – contain your horses and absorb those unimaginable events.

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