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Red Brand Keepsafe V-Mesh Horse Fence

Non-Climb or Keepsafe V-Mesh: Which is Best for My Horse?

by Judy Knowler

If you own horses, you probably know that most horses weigh at least 1,000 pounds. You may also know that despite their size, horses can slip through even the smallest opening. Their power, combined with their naturally flexible and slender bodies, makes fencing horses a unique challenge. Our Non-Climb and Keepsafe horse fence provides two exceptionally safe and secure solutions for all your escape artists.


All Red Brand Non-Climb fence is designed with 2” x 4” spacing between the vertical and horizontal wires. This tight mesh prevents hooves from stepping through the fence. Simultaneously, the close spacing provides less opportunity for a horse to climb on the fence. Non-Climb is also built with our Square Deal® knot, which provides extra strength and rigidity for security. This fence style is commonly used for large pastures.

Keepsafe V-Mesh

Like Non-Climb, Keepsafe® fence has 2” x 4” spacing. Keepsafe, however, features a v-mesh weave that creates a springy texture that helps prevent your horse from injury if the fence is bumped. In addition, the weave also ensures less maintenance as the fence is designed to flex and then return to it’s tight position. Keepsafe is especially suited to small paddock areas.

Safe and Secure

Both fence styles are designed for the utmost in safety and security. In fact, Red Brand horse fence is recognized worldwide by horse owners, farm managers, breeders and veterinarians as the very safest for horses.

The smooth side of the Square Deal Knot featured on Non-Climb prevents coats from getting scratched while maintaining a rigid barrier. The continuous weave of Keepsafe V-Mesh means no cut wires, preventing unintended cuts or injury to hides and flexes on impact for harmless contact. With the close spacing of either style, hooves won’t get stuck and predators are unlikely to penetrate the fence line, further protecting your horses.

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And, once the fence is properly installed, you can be assured it will last a long time. Both types of fence are available in Red Brand Tradition Class 1 galvanized wire or Extended Life Class 3 galvanization for long-lasting durability and value.

Other Tips for Horse Fencing

If you plan to install fence a hilly pasture, the Square Deal knot may be your best option. The knot’s structure automatically flexes to relieve high-pressure areas while remaining rigid in low-pressure areas. Be sure to install your fence with the smooth side of the knot facing your horses, as this will prevent scratching.

If your horses are especially prone to leaning on your fence, consider placing your fence posts outside of your horses. This will prevent the staples from being pulled out as the animal puts pressure on the fence. However, this technique may not be possible if your fence runs on a property line. Be sure to check your local regulations to ensure compliance when placing fence on a property line.

Finally, to increase visibility and deter reaching over the fence, a top board is recommended for either fence style.

Find more information on Red Brand fence products and installation tips here.

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