New Gallop Rail For Canter Track UK
Jelka is pleased to have completed a project at Springhill Dressage UK, and, importantly to budget. We provided new gallop rail fencing to a canter track in order to improve the safety for horse and rider. Therefore Springhill Dressage is able to mitigate the risks of training horses on the canter track.
A small fence on a canter track can be dangerous:
- The outdoor canter track at Springhill had a small inside perimeter fence (suitable for its previous use). However, it was so low that a horse would not have been deterred to jump it if frightened. Where the risks of training young (and even experienced) horses are high anyway, steps could be taken to reduce the chances of serious injury to horse and rider.
- As with all capital expenditure on improvements to facilities, benefits versus costs have to be evaluated and budgeted for accordingly. It was important to Springhill that we were able to work within an acceptable budget.
Why a gallop rail is a great choice of fencing for a canter track:
- The client specified a plastic gallop rail as their fencing of choice. This type of fence is a lot taller and looks very professional because this type of fencing is used by many racehorse trainers and racecourses throughout the UK. Plastic gallop rail fencing is also more cost-effective than wooden fencing.
- Meeting the required budget involved changing the style of product from swan neck to upright in order to meet the budget. All in all, this actually proved very beneficial to the client due to the existing ground conditions.
- A swan neck style gallop rail would have reduced the width of the canter track compared to the upright rail. The ground conditions meant that installation would have been close to the track edge.
- In choosing the upright gallop rail we not only met the budget but also made sure the riders had all the available room possible to perform training exercises.
The main benefits of a gallop rail:
- Standing at 1.2 meters tall it provides enough height to deter the horse from leaving the track. This gives the rider a better chance of regaining control of the horse.
- In the event that a horse did actually jump or strike the gallop rail fence, it would limit injury to the horse compared to a wooden fence
- A new gallop rail would improve the appearance of the canter track