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Ranch Rail

Horse Fence | Farm Fence | Ranch Rail Fencing

Ranch rail fencing which is also known as Horse Fence, Field Fence, Board Fence, and Farm Fence is becoming a more popular style of fencing among homeowners and not just ranchers or farmers. Some of the most common uses for this style of fencing is to keep livestock secure on ranches, keeping children and pets in their yard throughout neighborhoods and to add a design statement to mountain living. Ranch rail fencing is a great alternative to other fencing styles while still getting all the benefits of a fence no matter the style.

A traditional horse fence will be either two, three or four rails. You can alter the number of rails on your ranch rail fence depending on your needs. For example, if you have smaller animals you want to keep secured you might choose a four-rail system to lessen the gap space. You also have many different design options compared to split rail and post and dowel because there are no pre-cut holes.

The typical products we see being used for a ranch rail fence are 4×4, 4×6, and 6×6 cedar posts with nominal 2×6 or 2×8 cedar boards for the rails. We always keep these products stocked and on the ground, so we always have materials to get you started and to add convenience.

Cedar Rails that We Stock

2x4x8 Standard Rails
2x4x8 Premium Rails
2x6x8 Standard Rails
2x8x8 Standard Rails

Benefits to Ranch Rail | Why You Should Install One

They are Very Affordable
The ranch rail fence is among the more affordable styles of fencing because the materials you need aren’t as large as a privacy fence, for example. Most of the clients we see that use ranch rail own land with horses, and/or livestock so they have a lot of areas to cover. Whether you are on a ranch and have lots of land or live in a neighborhood and are looking for an alternative to privacy fencing ranch rail is a great option and can cover a lot of specific needs when it comes to a fence.

Ranch rail fencing is a style of fencing that has a very clean look and will add a sophisticated feel to your land. You can easily enhance the look of a ranch rail by altering the design-build or by adding paint or stain if you are seeking a specific look.

How do I know if Ranch Rail is for Me
Ranch rail fencing has a lot of attributes that allow you to add function, sustainability, and curb appeal to your home or ranch. Of course, as you should you want to make sure that you chose the right style of fence for you, your family and the needs that you have. A good place to start is to write out a list of all the things you are looking for in a fence so you can give it to your fencing specialist, and they can recommend certain styles. If you’re still having some doubts read through this list of attribute ranch rail can offer and see if they fit yours or if another style of fencing may be the way to go.

The time to install a fence really depends on the size of project and what style of Ranch Rail fence you prefer. A Split Rail fence has standard posts with standard rails, whereas a Ranch Rail can have a 2, 3, 4, or more planks (or rails) and it can have it crisscross or just plain across. You do have more design control with a Ranch Rail versus a Split Rail so the time that it takes to install is all determined case by case.

It really depends on the dimension of lumber being used and the complexity of the design. If you are looking for the least expensive rail fence possible, speak with one of our fence specialists and they can help you choose materials that will keep the overall costs down.

Yes, you get more options when it comes to Ranch Rail versus other designs. Split Rail and Post & Dowel fences limit you to designs that utilize the pre-drilled holes in the posts. A ranch rail fence on the other hand offers you nearly unlimited design possibilities. To fully understand all the options or design choices, give us a call and speak to one of our fence guys today!

Which Fencing is Best?

Ranch Rail       Other Fence Styles

Ranch rail does a great job of setting boundaries for your property but doesn’t offer as much privacy when it comes to stopping people from seeing in.

Ranch Rail       Other Fence Styles

Every style of fencing can offer this benefit just with some slight altering. Privacy fencing is a style of fence that doesn’t require much altering, but it can cost more than the alternatives. Ranch rail can be altered with the number of rails that are added to tighten the gaps, or you can add weld wire or find a system to block the lower openings to protect smaller animals.

Ranch Rail       Other Fence Styles

Ranch Rail is the ideal option for a client looking for a type of fence to cover a lot of land. Whether it’s a ranch or a home with acreage you will want something affordable and easier to install. Ranch Rail is also easy to take care of, so you don’t have to stress or worry about conducting any repairs.

Ranch Rail       Other Fence Styles

Ranch rail is a very affordable style of fencing that you can achieve with a smaller budget. A lot of fence styles you can adjust to make them more affordable, but the materials won’t be as high quality. With ranch rail, you can still use the highest quality products and keep it affordable and within a budget.

Ranch Rail       Other Fence Styles

Farm fencing is a great style of fencing that can add curb appeal and value to your home or ranch so if you ever go to resell you can add your ranch rail fence as a benefit.

Just with these few questions regarding certain needs, you might find yourself needing from a fence ranch rail got a score of 4/5 while other fence styles got 2/5. How confident are you with ranch rail fencing now? If you have a question regarding whether a ranch rail can check off a specific need you have to feel free to reach out and speak to our highly trained team!

The Different Designs of Ranch Rail

Standard Ranch Rail
The standard look for ranch rail fencing is a two, three, or four rail system that has the rails installed horizontally between the posts. This is the most common style of ranch rail fencing that you will see installed because it is the easiest to install and design. You can enhance the look of a standard ranch rail fence by adding post caps or staining the fence to match your desired color.

Decorative Ranch Rail
Ranch rail can also be designed to be more decorative by adding certain cuts to the posts to add some dimension and design as well as changing the layout of the rails. You can install the rails vertically, diagonal or in the shape of an X for example to give your fence some character. The options are open to just about everything with some inspiration and alterations.

For more information about farm fencing or the different styles of fencing we offer at Cedar Fence Direct, check out the rest of our website or contact us to ask questions or to start the process today.

We appreciate working with Cedar Fence Direct, because of the unique type and quality of products that they provide
Brian Spafford

Under Construction, Inc


5075 Tabor Street,
Wheat Ridge, CO

Colorado Springs

10605 Charter Oak
Ranch Rd, Fountain, CO

Nationwide/Bulk Orders


Decorative Ranch Rail Fence


Standard Ranch Rail Fence