How Inadequate Fencing Can Harm Your Horse

Horses are a lot like people. Sometimes they like being around each other, and other times they want their own personal space, away from the crowd. Regardless of their mood, it is important to have a proper horse fence to protect and corral your animals.


Have you ever spent a day or two trying to corral a horse?  It can cause a lot of anxiety if you do not have a reliable horse fence, as they could wander off, and get in harm’s way.  It is a near essential for horse owners to have a fence that is dependable and durable, and can keep their beloved horses safe.


Do you have a fence that’s broken? Injuries to horses can occur when logs or rails splinter if broken. That one broken spot could wound your beautiful, expensive horse. It could cause you a lot of headaches, and perhaps some heartache. A broken fence could lead to chaos on the farm, vet bills, and added strain on the other horses kept there while one of their own is injured.


If you have a fence involving wire, a horse or pony can easily be entangled and seriously cut by the wire, sometimes fatally. A wooden fence is better than a wire fence when it comes to horses.


General Timber of Sanford, North Carolina, makes pressure-treated, wooden horse fencing. Maybe it’s time for you to upgrade your fencing for safety’s sake? Keep your livestock and your property in excellent working condition with proper fencing.



A Unique way to Care for your Horse

“There’s an app for that” has become a well-known phrase. Indeed, with today’s smartphones seemingly taking over the way people communicate and use the Internet, apps (applications/computer programs) are becoming popular and useful.


If you use an iPhone and own a horse, there’s a new app that might interest you. The Horse Side Vet Guide is an app designed by an equine veterinarian from New Mexico. It’s meant to help horse caretakers make smart decisions “horse-side.” In essence, it’s like having a vet in your pocket!


It can be costly to have a vet come visit your horse to do a check-up. While The Horse Side Vet Guide doesn’t replace an actual vet checking your horse, it does allow you to read and see key information to help you care for your horse.


According to, some of the functions the app helps you with include:


  • Observation assistance. In any situation in which you notice and input information about a problem with a horse, the HSVG is designed to show you relevant observations, list what other observations to look for, and tells you how concerned you should be. The HSVG is also designed to alert the user to factors that determine how urgent the situation is and what to do until the veterinarian arrives.


  • Skill Development. The HSVG is designed to provide users with short, concise descriptions, photos, diagrams, and videos to help develop horse health care skills; the user can access the information without an Internet connection.


  • Communication improvement. The app is designed to facilitate communication between users and their local veterinarian by putting contact information at your fingertips to encourage a dialogue.


In addition to a sturdy horse fence, this app can provide you with a peace of mind when taking care of your beloved animal(s). To download the application for iPhone or for further information, please visit or



Why Horse Facilities Need Quality Fencing

Horse facilities can benefit from a fencing system, but not all systems are suitable for every horse facility. The benefits horses and their owners receive from a quality fence will largely depend on their needs, which makes customizing a fencing system necessary.


Those that choose the barbed wire or too short fence might face more complications than what they planned for. One of the best ways to reduce future problems and expenses is to invest in quality fencing.


Below are reasons why a horse facility should opt for first-rate horse fencing that will prove to be the (second) best asset of their pasture.


  • You can design a quality horse fence layout so there is proper space for grazing, exercise paddocks and hay production.


  • A horse fence eliminates the invasion of unwanted animals.
  • The fence lends better facility management for segregating horses.


  • A quality horse fence is appealing and can add value to the land if you plan on selling it.


  • Customizing your fence allows you to choose proper fencing for different types of horses.


  • An expertly designed fence will allow you to designate where mowers, spreaders and other facility equipment   that pose dangers to the horses are kept.


  • A quality horse fence will keep excited and nervous horses out of the range of dangerous situations.


  • Sturdy fences eliminate horses from being able to knock it down when they feel threatened or have the urge to escape.


  • Quality fences are built with proper dimensions to avoid horses getting body parts stuck in-between the slats.


  • Since horses are far-sighted, it’s essential for a quality fence to be visible from a distance. This limits the chance of the horse running into it.


  • To limit the chance of injuries, a quality fence is one built without sharp edges and built high enough to prevent horses jumping over it.


  • Quality horse fences are guaranteed to last a minimum of 20 years.


At General Timber we make it our mission to build and maintain quality fencing that meets the needs of the above demands. To learn more about our fencing, please feel free to contact us.


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