A temporary paddock is a great option to have along whenever you travel with your horse. Use these tips to decide which of the two basic types is best for you.
Electric FenceWhat you need:
- Posts–fiberglass, polypropylene, or metal
- Electric tape or wire
- Electric charger–battery or solar powered
- Gate handle
- Flexibility–Buy components where you find the best prices. Modify the paddock size and shape to fit the situation.
- Affordability–$150 to $200 and you’re in business
- Easy storage and handling
- Easily demolished by a panicked horse.
- Works only when charger is on.
- Less effective if your horse is blanketed.
Portable PanelsWhat you need:
- Panels–Available ready-made in several weights and styles, or have them custom-welded.
- Fasteners–For attaching panel ends together.
- No posts
- Sturdier to withstand panic situations.
- Stows neatly–Exterior trailer brackets will hang them out of the way.
- Durable–Last for years with little maintenance.
- Expandable–For a larger pen, just add panels.
- Harder to handle.
- Pricier than electric fence–Costs vary, but four welded-to-order 13-foot panels quoted at $250 or more.
This article first appeared in the June 2000 issue of Practical Horseman magazine.