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.

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Electric Fence
What you need:

  1. Posts–fiberglass, polypropylene, or metal
  2. Electric tape or wire
  3. Electric charger–battery or solar powered
  4. 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 Panels
What you need:

  1. Panels–Available ready-made in several weights and styles, or have them custom-welded.
  2. 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.

For more information on fencing, check out Choose the Right Horse Fence for Your Property, a free guide from MyHorse Daily.

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