Around the Property
Many potential traumatic injuries can be prevented by simply
cleaning up the property. Don’t park implements or machinery
with sharp, projecting metal points and edges where it can snag
a horse. Secure equipment in areas where horses never go, or
fence it off separate from the horses.
Horse-safe fencing materials help reduce the risk of injury,
although there’s no completely risk-free way to confine horses.
It’s not surprising that barbed wire is a perilous fence material,
Examine stall door and gate latches.
but smooth or high-tensile wire, cabled wire, and even board fencing can cause
bad injuries. If using prefab pipe panels, these should be made from round metal
stock, not flat material with sharp edges. Ensure that there is sufficient spacing
between rungs that won’t entrap a foot. Fill the gaps between panels and gates
with PVC sections cut lengthwise and firmly attached; this minimizes the chance
of a horse’s head or neck getting
lodged in a tight space.
Ends with a 90-degree angle can
gouge a horse moving quickly past
T-posts or pipe posts are also a
hazard unless capped. Unprotected
tops can easily lacerate or impale a
horse. Wide, rounded plastic caps
blunt the blow and are less likely to
penetrate skin. Sharp, triangular wings
of fallen T-posts, or those that are
only half-buried in the ground, should
also be removed or fully buried.
You can also create a safety barrier
using electric wire or tape around the
inside perimeter of a fence. Ensure that
electric fences are plugged in or are
solar charged. Wire, tape or cord fences
that aren’t charged pose tangle hazards.
In the long haul, it’s less expensive to
replace fencing with safe materials than
to rack up vet bills, not to not to men-
tion the potential harm to your horse.
Horses often want to be where the
grass is supposedly greener. Leaning
on fence lines weakens posts and
boards. From boredom, they’ll spend
hours working a latch with their
mouths; if it opens, the horse can now LOW
Top right: Cap
all T-posts to
Keep barn aisles
free of clutter.
mechanisms in place for
safer crossties. Panic snaps
and baling twine safety loops
give way in an emergency.