Horse Rail - Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I build this myself?
A: Yes, if you follow the directions we provide and have some practical experience, you can successfully build this fence. It may take you a little while to complete, but like anything else, with more experience you become more proficient and faster. Try to learn as much as you can before starting the project. Also, you might consider using the services of a professional installer to drive or set the posts, leaving you to finish the rail.
Q: How long will it last?
A: We use a large plastic supplier who blends in a 20+ year UV stabilization package in the premium grade polyethylene plastic we buy, and we stand behind their products. Because of this we offer a twelve year limited warranty (and ten years on other products), knowing that polyethylene will usually outperform PVC.
Q: What post-spacing can I use?
A: This is a personal choice, but, consider the amount of animal pressure. The more pressure there will be, the closer you want the posts. Heavy usage, lots etc. 6-foot; corrals 8-foot; small paddocks 10-foot; larger paddocks 12-14-foot post centers. Fences on 16-foot centers in exposed areas may have problems because crosswind will cause the rail to vibrate. So, 16-foot post centers is maximum, if used in sheltered areas. i.e. against a tree row or in a hollow.
Q: Should I consider a professional installer?
A: Qualifiied installers have the equipment, tools and experience to give you a permanent, professional looking structure. For every dollar you spend, it will be returned in increased equity by adding value to your property. If you have never built a fence like this, consider having a fencing contractor quote and install the first section of fence, so that you might be able to watch him. Then you can make an evaluation as to whether you finish the installation or have him do it.
Q: Will my horses crib on the rail?
A: Horses have been known to bite or crib, but not excessively. They may bite on it, but only to the wire then they will stop. It is not a continuing habit.
Q: Should I loosen the fence for the winter?
A:In most situations no, but areas where you have extreme temperatures, it will allow the fence to last longer.
Q: Can I use steel tee posts?
A:It is not recommended, because there is no satisfactory method of attaching the rail to the post while allowing it to slide.
Q: Can I electrify the rail?
A: No, electricity will not come through the rail, but you can use the wire in the rail to carry the pulsating charge. This is sometimes done for security, or to stop cribbing. Remember to attach electric fence warning signs.
Q: Should I use electric with the fence?
A: Most fence owners like to have either a poly-wire, or a single hot wire near the top of the fence, so that it might be used as an education tool to stop horses from riding the fence line. Use only on an "as needed basis".
Q: How long can I make the fence?
A: Most installations are from end to end on straight runs, regardless of the length, you can pull around corners if it is a short run of 100 feet or so. It is reasonably easy to join one roll of rail to another with crimping sleeves.
Q: Do I have to use tensioners at both ends of the fence?
A: Yes, tensioners are used as a method of attachment, as well as for tensioning. It is the end post assemblies that move and slacken the fence, so with the tensioners there, it is easy to re-tighten. Its less advisable to place tensioners in the middle of the fence span when using coated wire or rail products.
Q: Is there any technical help available?
A: We can answer most questions that you might have, and if we can't answer it ourselves, we know who can. Please e-mail or call for help.
Q: What will this fence cost me?
A: About the same as a board fence in cash outlay, however when the annual maintenance cost is taken into account, the rail fence is less expensive. (It's the safety factor that is difficult to place a value on when it comes to the safety of your animals. Veterinary services can be expensive.)
Q: Why do you think your product is better than the other companies?
A: We asked the same question to contractors who have handled other products and they prefer ours. Horserail is the number one choice of contractors because it looks great, lasts long, and most importantly, it is easy to handle during installation. Please check it out for yourself.