No-climb horse fence is one of the best horse fencing options available. It will keep your horses safely enclosed in their pasture, and will also do a great job of keeping other animals out of your pasture. No-climb fence has many aliases: it is also known as woven wire, diamond weave, or field fence.
No climb horse fence is a fence made of sturdy wire, woven in a grid pattern, much like chain link fence, but sturdier, and with smaller openings, in order to prevent horses from getting caught in the fence.
No climb horse fence creates a solid barrier that prevents large animals, such as horses, from crossing it. It also has the added security of discouraging smaller animals, such as dogs, from crossing it, which keeps both the dogs and the horses safer. No climb horse fence may also discourage other undesirable animals, such as possums, raccoons, and coyotes, from going into your pasture.
No Climb Horse Fence Benefits
No climb horse fence works to keep horses in by acting as a physical barrier. In this way, it is similar to wood, vinyl, and steel fences, which also act as physical barriers. Properly-installed no climb horse fence is strong enough to physically restrain your horses -- even if they push against it. This is in contrast to electric horse fences, which are considered psychological barriers: electric fence is actually very easy for a horse to physically break or push through. A horse's fear of being shocked by the electric fence is what actually keeps a horse contained by it, making electric fence a psychological barrier, rather than a physical one.
No climb horse fence is an extremely secure fencing solution. No climb horse fence has a tight weave, and is able to securely contain adult horses, foals, miniature horses, donkeys, goats and sheep. It also helps keep any animals contained within it safe from predators such as dogs and coyotes. Even pests like possums and raccoon will be discouragged by a well-installed no climb fence.
No climb horse fence that has a weave smaller than 2'' by 4'' is considered extremely safe for horses because it is designed to prevent horses from getting their hooves, legs, or heads trapped in the fence. If your horse has a habit of sticking its head through the rails of a vinyl horse fence, you may want to consider no climb horse fence to prevent them from suffering the serious injuries that can result from them getting trapped in their fence.
No Climb Horse Fence Negatives
While extremely safe and secure, no climb horse fence has its drawbacks. No climb horse fence requires more maintenance than vinyl horse fence. The fence must be tightened seasonally, especially if your horses rub on it regularly (woven wire makes a great tail-scratcher, but you can discourage your horses from rubbing on the fence by installing a strand of "stand-off" electric fence wire inside the fence).
Weeds and small trees also need to be kept away from your no-climb horse fence in order to keep them from growing into it and stretching it. Regular herbicide or weed trimming is required to keeping weeds (especially vines) from using the fence as a trellis. Heavy weed pressure puts strain on the fence that can cause it to sag.
Another drawback of no climb horse fence is that it can be difficult to install properly, especially over rough or rolling terrain. It is best suited for long, straight runs along flat land. In extreme cases, grading or backfilling your fence line might be required which will add considerable expense.
Also keep in mind that no climb horse fence is generally not considered as pretty to look at as wood or vinyl horse fencing, and it's difficult to change the fence's color or appearance. However, if you have your heart set on a special color for your no climb horse fence, you may be able to have the fence custom "powder coated". If the fence's manufacturer doesn't offer the service, check around with local metal manufacturing companies.
Choosing No Climb Horse Fence
When selecting your no climb horse fence, it is important to select a fence with the weave spacing you desire. Fences with smaller weave are more secure, but are also heavier, more difficult to install and more expensive. The heavier and more tightly-woven the fence is, the more posts it will require. A happy medium which balance value with safety and ease of use is a 2"x4" weave, which is a standard weave size that will work well in most situations
In addition to weave size, you need to be aware of the AWG (gauge) of the wire used for the fence. Most fence have a gauge rating for the top, bottom and filler wires. With wire, the lower the gauge the thicker and thus strong the wire is. You should consider a fence with at least a 6 AWG top wire and 9 AWG bottom and filler wires.
No Climb Horse Fence Maintenance
No Climb horse fence will require regular maintenance. Here's a sample maintenance schedule that will keep your no-climb horse fence in tip-top shape.
Monthly -- Check the fence at each post to ensure that the fence is fastened properly. Tighten or replace any loose staples or fasteners.
Seasonally -- Check fence for tightness and restretch or tighten the fence as needed. Trim weeds along the fence line. Cut back any saplings or brush on or near the fence.
Annually -- Test posts for firmness to ensure they are not becoming loose. To test your posts, simply grasp the top of the post and try to wiggle it in a circle. If the post moves more than slightly, consider digging the hole out and adding additional concrete. If the post moves considerably, removing the post and replacing with fresh concrete may be required.