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Post and Rail Paddock Fencing

Horses require a much stronger fence system than for residential homes or sports fields, so our engineers have developed reinforced fencing that combines the flexibility and safety of plastic “bumpers” with the strength of a traditional wood fence.

Fornells offers a range of paddock fencing including a traditional IN-POST style for paddock areas, and the patented OFF-POST fence design for horse enclosures with active areas such as jumping and show arenas, cantors, walkways where jockey and crowd protection is vital.


Paddock fencing and safety

An enclosure fence must clearly mark out the boundarys of the eclosed area as well as ensuring the safety of the horses on the inside of the enclosure, ensure the safety of any person on the outside of the boundary and have a long and low-maintenance lifespan.

Sports fields or residential fencing could partially work as a boundary marker but it won’t provide the horse-size safety levels. At Fornells with our 40 years of horse-protection experience we employ unique performance criteria in our designs of fencing and protection for racecourses, training centers and caring horse-owners. Using automobile “bumper” design criteria our Paddock Fencing can withstand the immense static loads that horses will impose when they lean or push at the fence posts and rails.

Lifespan and outdoor plastic strength

The choice of material is first and foremost to obtain the required performance in terms of mechanical strength, flexibility and a long and maintenance-free lifespan. All climatic conditions have been experienced by our products from tropical humidity, intense UV exposure of the Middle East and Australia, and the icey winters of certain parts of Russia! All such parameters are taken into account when we make up specific plastic compounds with specialised labs and then submit the end-products to a battery of both mechanical, temperature and UV tests in our in-house lab.


Post and Rail Fence Layout

What makes a good paddock fence layout? Taking into account the available ground space, the people and/or crowd presence, the horse activity within the enclosed area, mounted horses with jockeys in riding areas or simply a relaxation area, such parameters determine the safety criteria for a paddock fence.

The number of rails, the rail-height spacing and the post-width spacing all contribute to the mechanical resistance of a Post and Rail paddock fence. In many cases the traditional style Rail In-post system will offer sufficient resistance for the international safety criteria that Fornells promotes.

Specific areas requiring higher safety such as in the riding areas or for small multiple paddock areas that are close by one another, for nervous or higher-value horses, or on walkways or gallop areas the Fornells unique Off-Post Rail has been developed and patented. This uses the reinforced Running Rail “bumpers” fixed to the outside of the Post and maintains a continuous bumper rail all around the inside of the enclosure: this avoids any impacts or contact with the Post edges and ensures maximum flexibility and resistance incase of impact and reduces injury risk to both horse and rider.


Post and Rail Fencing Components

An enclosure fence is made up of four key components: the Posts, the Post Footings, the Rails, and the Rail Joiners. Fornells products are unique as they have been designed with horses in mind! Each component can be loaded to support a leaning horse with a mass of 500kg contrary to other residential or sports-ground type fencing.

The Post and footing ensure the stability and overall resistance of the installation, and the Fornells Post is the thickest and heaviest one available; it has internal reinforcement ribbing and can be used with the In-Post or Off-Post Rails up to 5 levels and withstands the loading forces of horses and camels!

For further details on our products, please contact one of our engineers.

Phone : +33 (0)1 64 08 05 16 - Fax : +33 (0)1 64 08 27 73 - mail : information@fornells.com