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Chariot Post & Rail Fence

A to Z Quality Fencing has been installing high quality, low maintenance horse fences at Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois horse farms over 20 years. We specialize in high tensile polymer (HTP) fencing including Centaur Fence as well as PVC/vinyl, wooden board (oak, treated), Alumi-guard, Buckley Steel Rail, and Buckley Alumashield fences.

As a family-operated business, you have my assurance that my installation crew will be friendly, neat and courteous as they complete this on-site installation and, we clean up when we’re through.  I also give you my guarantee to give your job and concerns my personal attention so that the littlest detail will not be lost.  Your concerns and horse safety are our number one concern!!

Aaron Smith, Owner

HTP – High Tensile Polymer

Centaur horse fence picture

Centaur® is the inventor of High Tensile Polymer (HTP), a material that is a blend of impact modifiers, UV stabilizers, and anti-fungicides. Formulated for strength, durability and appearance, HTP® fencing material is color fast, stain resistant and mildew resistant.

Centaur® HTP® 5” Flexible Rail is the premiere horse fence. Centaur HTP® has the traditional look of board fence without the high maintenance costs. Created from a blend of virgin polymers, Centaur HTP® is a superior flexible fence that is safer than wood, wire or vinyl.

Centaur® is the inventor of High Tensile Polymer (HTP), a material that is a blend of impact modifiers, UV stabilizers, and anti-fungicides. Formulated for strength, durability and appearance, HTP® fencing material is color fast, stain resistant and mildew resistant.

Centaur® HTP® 5” Flexible Rail is the premiere horse fence. Centaur HTP® has the traditional look of board fence without the high maintenance costs. Created from a blend of virgin polymers, Centaur HTP® is a superior flexible fence that is safer than wood, wire or vinyl.

Each rail is installed in a continuous length allowing impact to be absorbed by the entire length of the fence without risking injury to your horse. The flexible design means no caught legs or entanglement injuries.

Fence life is 30+ years with a 30-year limited warranty. It will never splinter, rust, rot, crack, or fade! Nominal maintenance costs for accessory and post replacements.

The molded Centaur fence high-tensile polymer bracket with steel reinforced bar is virtually indestructible. The exclusive design allows the rail to move through the brackets dispersing impact. Stability bars prevent “buckling” due to upward or downward pressure on the rail extending rail life.

Centaur fence withstands temperature conditions from -40°F to 200°F without becoming brittle or experiencing any kind of breakdown.

Available in white, black, or brown. Centaur HTP® 5” rail is easily combined with other Centaur fencing to fit your budget or design needs. Made in the USA.

Vinyl Fence

Vinyl Horse Fence Picture

PVC vinyl horse fencing is a low maintenance, eco-friendly alternative to wood.

It looks like classic white rail fencing, but requires way less maintenance. It’s easy to install over varied terrain. It is nontoxic and 100% recyclable. Vinyl horse fencing does not corrode like steel fence or need any toxic chemical treatments to prevent rot like wood fence.

Vinyl fence is softer than the other physical barrier fences, so injuries are less likely. Also, it is highly visible to horses which also reduces accidents.

High quality vinyl horse fencing usually comes with a lifetime warranty. But check the details of the warranty before you buy — it may not cover damage caused by your horses.

This material can be expensive compared to other types of fencing and may not be appropriate if your horses tend to kick or chew on fences. Consider integrating an electric wire fence into your design to reduce wear and tear.

When purchasing, make sure it is certified for livestock confinement. Some farm and ranch products are decorative fence only and not designed for confinement of horses.

Opt for 100% virgin vinyl which offers the highest quality and strength.

Maintenance is minimal for vinyl horse fencing. Check the posts and rails for cracks and holes and patch if needed. Test posts for firmness on a seasonal basis. An occasional cleaning with plain water and a soft bristled brush will keep your fence looking great. A gas-powered pressure washer can speed this chore, but be careful to use the lowest power setting to avoid damaging the finish.

Wood Fence

The types of boards used for wooden horse fences are oak, poplar, and pine. The wooden posts are treated.

There are a few different styles of wooden horse fence boards, but the mainstay of horse farms is either 3 or 4 board. Oak wooden horse fence boards are about half the cost as Centaur fence and a little less than Vmesh wire. Wooden horse fences are easy to repair. Constant maintenance is required to keep your board horse fence looking its best and prolong replacement.

Good wooden horse fence boards should last about 20 years if you use oak boards and well treated posts. During those 20 years the fence needs to be repainted about once every 3 years or less. Anything over 3 years and the wear and tear on the fence will be noticeable, but it also depends on how many horses you have in the field and how hard they are on the fence. Oak boards are the best boards to use for livestock since they will resist a horse that cribs much longer than either pine or poplar. Oak is a hardwood whereas poplar and pine are softwood and they will not last and not put up to the rigors of animals and weather as well as oak. If you do use pine or poplar boards then you want to get them treated, this will allow them to last as long as oak only if the animals do not wear them out.

The longevity of wooden horse fences can also be affected by the type of post that you use. Of course all fences need to have a well treated 6 inch faced or round post. A 6 inch post provides a lot more durability as they can withstand more punishment and weather than 5 inch post. The downside to faced posts, especially when used in conjunction with a Baton or face board, is that the boards will rot out quicker. By rot out quicker I mean maybe a few years difference in the life of your fence. I have taken down fence with a baton on it that was 20 years old and you could tell that it was rotting but the fence was still fairly stout. If you are lax about the painting and upkeep of your fence then it will rot the board that much quicker.

Round post are probably the most used type of post since they are the cheapest and easiest to get. Since the board has less contact with a round post it will get more paint coverage, and will not rot as fast. But the same thing that keeps the board from rotting out quicker also gives you a weaker fence. As boards dry out they will shrink this will cause a gap to appear in between the boards where they meet on the front of the post. If you have a round post that already does not have much surface to nail to and then the board shrinks it will give a much weaker fence than with a faced post. Say for example you have livestock running on both sides of a fence. A round post will be very weak against the animals on the back side of the fence. They won’t have to try hard at all to push the boards off. If you want a more practical example take a hammer and try to knock a board off from the back side of the fence. Then try from the front side. You will see the difference for yourself.

No matter which post you use you should have a baton on your wood fence. A baton will do 3 things for a fence. Make it stronger, stop the boards from warping and make it much better looking. A baton does hide the shrinking boards, so you will not see the gaps in them. The baton goes on the face of the post and will hide and actually help stop the boards from shrinking as much. Batons also increase the strength of your fence by linking all the boards together. If you have livestock on both sides of a board fence then you really should have a baton on it.

Another good thing about boards is that you don’t have to do anything extra for the curves. With all other fence you have to brace or concrete the post in the ground but with boards all you have to do is drive the post and hang the boards. And since curves really make a fence look a lot better and make it safer this above any other reason makes boards a good choice. Board fence when it’s painted regularly and repaired on a needed basis is a really attractive fence and can complete a farms look.

Alumi-guard Chariot

Two Rail Chariot Post & Rail Fence
Two Rail Chariot Post & Rail Fence

Chariot Aluminum fencing by Alumi-guard is a post & rail style fence reminiscent of old split-rail fences. Chariot aluminum horse fences are available in two rail, three rail, and four rail styles.

Chariot’s rails are beveled for added strength. Choose from one of 7 custom colors! See the Chariot brochure by our supplier Alumi-guard for more details.