7 Electric Fencing FAQs

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Which source of power is best for my fence – mains, battery or solar?

We would always recommend that you use mains if you can. But this is not always possible.

Mains is very straight forward and simple to use.

Battery is also very straight forward and is often the set up seen around horse paddocks. Battery systems are easy to move around and can be located on any fence pretty much anywhere. However the batteries do need to be charged on a regular basis.

Use a fence tester to check the zap running along your fence

Use a leisure battery rather than a car battery (they last a lot longer and are slow release).

Solar – these systems are becoming a 
lot more popular but you do still need
 a battery as the solar panel drip-feeds the battery. If we have a sunny summer (fingers crossed!) you may only have to deep charge the battery twice in a year. 10 watt solar panels are ideal for average size fencing systems.

Is electric fencing safe for my horses?

The short sharp shock your horse receives from an electric fence will not injure him or her – it’s a bit like that static
 shock you get sometimes when you get out of your car! A properly installed and maintained electric fence system is the safest, most visible method to keep your horses safely contained.

 

Tape or rope?

We get asked this question a lot. The answer is … what is your preference? But keep the following in mind – where is the fence going to be situated? Is it very windy and exposed? If so rope is probably the best option. Tape will flap around in the wind and this 
will cause the metal filaments to break down within the tape, making the tape work less effectively. Both tape and rope have been developed to be visible to the horse… that is why it is white and thick. Green tape is much nicer to look at for human beings but much more difficult for a horse to see.

What height should my fence be?

This depends on the height of your horse or pony and also the respect they have for electric fencing. You may need one line of tape for a large respectful horse but two lines for a cheeky small pony! See our website for a guide to fence heights.

How long should my fence be?

Your fence can be any length you want it to be provided the correct energizer
 is used and the fencing is in good condition and is not shorting on any foliage or fence posts. If the energizer is not powerful enough the fence won’t have enough ‘zap’ and the horses won’t respect it. If you’re creating a fence with two lines of tape the energizer must be able to cope with the total length of both lines.

What can I tie my tape to?

If you tie your tape to a tree or a wooden post (or a metal post for that matter) don’t expect it to work. All the power will be drained out of the fence and go into the ground. The fence won’t be effective, as it won’t have any zap left in it. Tape should be ended on a plastic insulator (which could be screwed into a tree), a plastic post or on a gate handle or gate anchor.

How do I protect my post and rail fence?

Electrified tape or rope can easily be added to an existing stock fence – this can prevent horses chewing 
the tops of wood fences, as well as preventing animal pressure on the fence. A range of insulators is available to allow an electrified line to be erected on the top or inside of a fence. ‘Offset’
- sometimes called ‘stand off ’ type insulators – will put the fence wire 150mm/200mm out from the existing fence, preventing animals from pressing against it or chewing it.

We absolutely love talking electric fencing – so don’t struggle. Pick up the phone and talk to us today on 01620 860058 or visit

www.electricfencing.co.uk or email us at info@electricfencing.co.uk

 

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