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There are many things to consider when putting up equestrian fencing - your concerns, your horses’ needs, and regulations in your community. And while it helps to simply equestrian fence specialists, it can be hard to find your nearest trusted horse fence installers. Airtasker simplifies this process by making it possible for you to book a rated and reviewed fencing specialist in minutes!
First, select the “Post a task” button and fill out the task post. Indicate your location, budget, desired installation date, and any other details your Tasker needs to know. These can include the number of horses you need to fence in, the size of your grounds, etc. Once you’re happy with your task post, hit “Get quotes” and wait to receive offers from nearby Taskers.
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A good paddock should allow a horse to trot, gallop, and even play. This area is ideally 6 to 9 feet wide and around 30 feet in length. The enclosure can also consist of long corridors around your pasture area. Just keep in mind that the point of a paddock is to let horses interact with each other and get some exercise.
For smaller horses, the paddock fencing should be around 140 cm at the top strand (meaning, the highest “rail” of the equestrian fencing. Gaps between strands should be at about 50 cm. For larger horses, you should get a horse fence that’s 165 cm at top strand with 50 cm gaps. Not sure of the correct fencing measurements for your horses? You can always book a local equestrian fencing specialist through our platform.
Equestrian fencing is usually made from rail (plank or PVC railing), vinyl-coated wire, galvanised wire, an electric system, or a combination of these materials. Whichever material you choose, a local horse fence installer can help you customise a fence that fits your horses’ needs. Need other types of outdoor work done? You can also use Airtasker to find gazebo installers and gardeners near you.
Each type of material has its advantages and disadvantages. Electric fences prevent leaning or chewing and are highly visible. But, they break easily and can cut like a knife. Post and rail equestrian fencing (usually made of wood, PVC, pipe, or cable) look great and are also very visible. But, some of these materials can cause injuries if they break or splinter under pressure. Lastly, wire fencing can cause cuts unless installed as a mesh. It’s also not very visible.
You’ll need to plan your equestrian fencing carefully. Consider the features of your property, as well as the sex, age, and value of your horses. You’ll also want to pick gates that are easily accessible to people but not to the horses. Your fencing plan should also consider all types of weather and the activities around your property (moving horses around as a group, mowing the grass, parking).
First, you’ll want to know their experience when it comes to building equestrian fencing. You can even ask if they’ve worked with properties or horses similar to yours. Next, ask them about the type of materials they recommend for your horse paddock and if there is a warranty for the fence. Finally, coordinate with them regarding who will contact building authorities and utility companies, if applicable.
When you request equestrian fencing services through Airtasker, you’ll work with a fencing specialist who’ll help you plan and install your horse paddock fencing. Some may also help you acquire the materials for the fence, and most Taskers may bring their tools for the job.
While the exact steps can vary depending on your own needs or situation, here’s what you can expect when you book a horse fence installer via our platform:
First, your Tasker helps you assess your grounds, the needs of your horses, and any considerations you should make when planning your enclosure. They’ll also help you choose the best materials for your needs and budget (e.g. mesh, wire, wood, PVC, or white plastic horse fencing). Ideally, the Tasker will create a layout or blueprint of the enclosure before proceeding.
Once you and your Tasker have agreed on the specifications for the fence, they can proceed to mark the locations of the end posts or corners. They sink treated wooden posts into the ground, then run a guide wire to determine the positions of the rest of the posts.
Next are the intermediate posts. These should be positioned 2 to 7 meters apart, depending on the kind of material you want to use. They should also be spaced evenly between the two end posts. Your fencing installation expert needs to position these so that they keep the fence structurally sound and aesthetically pleasing.
Once the intermediate posts are driven into the ground, your Tasker works on the braces for the corners and end posts. The fencing specialist uses high-tensile wire to create single braces (for shorter fences), double braces (for spans of more than 61 meters), or two-way braced line post assemblies (for spans of 198 meters or larger).
For wire fences, your Tasker secures the wire to the posts section by section. They need to keep the wire taut the whole time. They may use a vehicle, dummy post, chain loops, and come-alongs to ensure this.
Once the wires are tight and secure, they’ll attach and wrap them around the next post and secure them to the other side of the fence. Any wire ends will be removed for safety. The goal is to create a fence that’s both secure and aesthetically pleasing - no unsightly, tangled wire here!
For rail fencing, your Tasker uses a spacer to ensure even distancing between the rails. The top rail may also be installed slightly below the top post to give a bit of allowance in post height. Just like with wire fencing, the specialist ensures that each part of the fence is structurally sound and pleasant to look at.
Equestrian fencing isn’t the only thing you can get done through Airtasker. You can also find local landscaping specialists and nearby photographers who can help you make the most out of your outdoor countryside lifestyle.