8 to 12 feet
Horizontal fence rails are typically full 1 inch thick by 6 inch wide lumber but can be conventional 2 x 6 lumber as purchased from a big box store. Normal finished height is 48 inches, but a 4 board “post and rail” fence can be stretched up to 5 ft.
The short answer is yes; generally, you can keep your horse on your property. However, it will be a big responsibility to have a horse in your backyard since you’ll be thinking about food, pasture, and stabling among other things.
Horse & Farm Fencing
Installing horse and farm fencing typically costs $2 per foot installed or $1,254 to $5,852 to fence one acre with wire fencing.
Dig post hole so diameter of the hole is 3 times the width of the post (i.e., the hole for a 4” wood post should be about 12 inches wide). The depth of the hole should be 1/3-1/2 the post height above ground (i.e., a 6-foot tall fence would require a hole depth of at least 2 feet).
The planks used for horse fencing are typically oak, poplar or pine. Oak has a rustic look and can be tough to come by. But it’s a hard, durable wood, and horses don’t always like its taste.
If you are attempting to figure the carrying capacity of land for a horse, then a good rule of thumb is 1-1/2 to 2 acres of open intensely managed land per horse. Two acres, if managed properly, should provide adequate forage in the form of pasture and/or hay ground.
Electric wire or rope fencing is one of the cheapest horse fence materials, and it’s also the easiest to install and remove. The cost for this type of fence is related to the type and number of strands used and the choice of energizer.
The most traditional fencing is wooden rails—either log or planks. Cedar logs are often used, as are two-by-ten-inch planks held with posts that are a minimum of four inches in diameter. Injuries to horses can occur when logs or rails splinter if broken. Some horses like to chew wood and can damage wood fencing.
because they can jump! A four-foot high fence is unlikely to deter a Husky, Golden Retriever, or Labrador, so you should look for a fence with a height of five or even six feet. For most breeds, six feet should be sufficient. Some owners start adding extensions to make their fences higher and higher.