Horse fencing turns open ground into a corral where horses can be safely pastured. Aesthetically, wood or brown vinyl/PVC horse fence creates the rustic feel of a ranch. White horse fencing gives the property the appearance of an estate where horses are part of a comfortable, leisurely lifestyle. If you’re primary concern is to have an affordable and practical barrier for your animals, then wire mesh horse fencing is a very good choice.
Also called ranch fencing, horse fencing is available in several heights and styles with a range of accessories, so you can customize the look you want for your property.
This guide to horse fencing will assist you in comparing this fence type to those covered in our other guides such as shadowbox, chain link, aluminum, wrought iron or split rail fencing. We include style, options and fence prices, so you can research all the important information in one area.
Horse Fence Prices for Supply and Installation
Horse and ranch fence covers the price range from affordable to fairly expensive depending on the material. The initial cost of PVC/vinyl is quite a bit higher than the cost of wood. However, the ongoing maintenance costs of vinyl are minimal while wood requires moderate maintenance and costs for repair and painting or staining.
Here are the costs for the materials we’ve mentioned in terms of linear feet:
- Wire mesh and post horse/ranch fencing: $1.50-$4.00
- Wood horse/ranch fencing: $8.00-$12.00
- Vinyl horse/ranch fencing: $15.00-$22.00
Let’s take those material costs and turn them into the kinds of estimates you’ll see when you get bids from local fencing contractors. We base the estimates on 164 linear feet of fence for each fence type, and this makes comparing prices easier on our site.
|Fence Type||Cost Of Materials (including 1 gate)||Installation Cost||Total Project Cost||Cost Per Linear Foot|
|Wire Mesh Ranch & Horse Fence||$246-$656||$328-$648||$564-$1304||$3.50-$8.00|
|Wood Ranch & Horse Fence||$1312-$1968||$615-$820||$1917-$2798||$11.70-$17.00|
|PVC/Vinyl Ranch & Horse Fence||$2460-$3608||$768-$984||$2228-$4592||$13.60-$28.00|
|Note: Our pricing data are carefully calculated from industry averages as well as submissions from our own readers. This allows us to provide you with the best idea of the likely cost for your fence project. The above data is costed on an average of 164 linear foot|
Considerations for Installation
If you have experience with digging holes, setting posts straight and at a uniform height, you can probably install your own horse fence. You’ll save the typical $3-$6 per linear foot it costs to hire someone else for the installation.
A post hole digger will make the work go much more quickly. In warm weather, if the soil is clay, renting a powered post hole digger will greatly reduce time and effort while slightly increasing your cost. If you rent a machine, be efficient by only digging the holes before returning it. Set posts with concrete, and use a level to make sure that they are straight and of the same height.
Post and rail horse fence is available in unfinished and finished wood as well as other materials. Unfinished wood costs the least, but the labor cost to paint or stain it might make it more expensive than prefinished fence. PVC vinyl ranch fence is available in white and colors that mimic wood. Some premium fencing is embossed with wood grain to achieve the look of painted wood. Most wood and vinyl horse fence manufacturers make a variety of post caps to create the finished look you desire.
Wood and vinyl ranch fence comes in several heights usually called two-rail, three-rail and four-rail fence and ranging in height from about 3’ to 5’, depending on the height of the posts used and how far they’re sunk into the ground.
Wire horse fence is available in coated and non-coated galvanized material. For posts, you can use steel ranch fence posts, pressure-treated posts or cedar posts for the look and cost that fits your requirements.
Wood and PVC horse fence is suitable for horses and cattle, and it gives the property a domesticated ambience, whether rustic (stained wood and wood-like PVC) or upscale (white-painted wood or white PVC).
Wire mesh horse and ranch fence isn’t chosen for looks as much as for its practical benefits. It works for horses, cattle, alpacas, lamas, dogs, poultry and similar animals. It will keep children where you can keep an eye on them too.