Why use electric fencing?
For many equestrians, the use of electric fencing is a great way to ensure their horse is kept safely in his field, whilst encouraging him to maintain a healthy level of respect (and distance) from said fencing.
Electric fencing can be permanent or semi-permanent, depending on your needs and whether you need to move the fence after a period of time. It is important to make a plan and choose the correct products for the animal you wish to use the electric fencing for.
Wire or tape?
Plain electrified wire should never be used for horses. It is virtually unbreakable, so if the horse runs through the fence or gets the wire wrapped around their leg it can cause serious injuries. Electric tape is a much better option for use with horses. Plastic fence posts for semi-permanent fencing are available in several heights. You can use the image below as a guide for the height you require.
What else do I need?
As well as the posts and tape, you will also need an energiser and battery. If you are able to connect your fence to mains electric, you will need a mains energiser - this is ideal for permanent fencing. If you do not have access to mains electric, you will need a battery energiser and battery. You could also opt for a solar powered energiser - these are great for remote areas. If the energiser doesn't have the necessary wires and clips with it you'll need to buy these separately.
You will always need an earth stake. This ensures a full circuit is created when the animal touches the fence. Without an earth stake there will be no current to the fence. The earth stake should be as long as possible and pushed its full length into the ground. If the ground is hard and dry, pour a bucket of water over the ground to help. Some energisers come already attached to an earth stake.
Keep the current flowing
If you have a break in the fence, for example where one roll of tape ends and a new one starts, the ends of the tape should be joined properly with a connector. Simply knotting the ends together can disrupt the flow of the current and make the fencing less effective. A fence tester is handy to ensure the current is flowing correctly and help determine any problems should they arise. Browse all fence fittings such as connectors, insulators and gate handles here.
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