Building Corral Type Fences


There are different types of fences for different circumstances. Chain-link fence has small holes to keep small creatures out, but a horse corral is built with large open spaces that are too small for a horse to fit through. Because horses are strong, a corral fence must be strong as well. The wooden fence posts are usually at least 8 inches in diameter. Another reason for a large fence is so the horse can see it. If a horse can't see the fence, he'll run right through it, possibly injuring himself. Construct a horse corral fence with an interior of 1/8 to 1/2 acre. This is an adequate amount of running space for your horse.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Wood stakes
  • Hammer
  • Hole digger
  • Shovel
  • 8-inch by 8-foot mortised wood posts
  • Ready-mix concrete
  • Bucket
  • Trowel
  • 4-inch by 8-foot wood posts
  • Wood glue
  • 2-inch by 8 1/2-foot rope
  • Measure the area for your horse corral fence. Mark off the corners by driving wooden stakes into the ground with a hammer. Also place a stake every 7 1/2 feet, along each side of the corral, where you will place a vertical post.

  • Determine how many fence posts you need. Buy posts that have holes mortised through them. You can find these at a tack-and-feed store. Each post will have a hole mortised at the top and another one 18 inches lower. These holes hold the horizontal posts in place, so make sure the holes are the size of the post you choose. A standard size is 4 inches in diameter.

  • Dig holes for the posts with a hole digger. Dig the holes 18 inches deep. Place a post, 8 inches in diameter by 8 feet long, into each hole. Fill the holes with ready-mix concrete and let the concrete cure overnight.

  • Insert a 4-inch by 8-foot fence post between two vertical fence posts. Lay the ends inside the mortised holes. Place a post in the top and bottom holes all the way around the perimeter of the corral fence area, except for one of the 7 1/2-foot sections. There must be an opening so the horse can go in and out.

  • Apply a wood glue under each horizontal post that lies inside a vertical post. Let the glue dry.

  • Tie a 2-inch diameter by 8 1/2-foot rope around one of the posts at the end of the fence opening. Tie a loop around the other end of the rope and lay it over the opposite post. This will act as your gate.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep the rope latched when your horse is inside the corral to keep him from running out. Unlatch the rope when the horse is going in or out.
  • Make sure the concrete is mixed properly so it is of maximum strength for holding the posts secure.

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