A cheap and simple electric fence for your horse - 2021
7 March 2021 | Admin
Simple and Cost Effective Electric Fence Set-Up for a Horse or Pony
We often get contacted by people who are completely new to electric fencing and are seeking a simple, cost effective electric fence for their horse or pony. If you are looking for the very simplest electric fence, that will secure your horse economically, perhaps for strip grazing or just for dividing up a small section of a field, it doesn't have to cost a lot. Here is the cheapest way to set up a battery operated electric fence:
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The fences are really easy to set up. You want to place your posts between 5 and 10 metres apart (the closer they are, the stronger the fence). If your land is undulating, add more posts. The posts have a spike and just push into the ground. You want to have 2 lines of tape, adjusted to the height of your horse. You don't want them to duck under, or go over the top! If you have one small pony and a large horse, you may need 3 lines of tape. The tape fits through the loops on the plastic poles. Don't tie your tape in knots - use tape connectors to join 2 pieces together (knots will run the circuit). Finally, add your energiser. It will usually come with the wire that connects the energiser to the fence. Makes sure your energiser comes with an earth stake, or get the right earth stake to go with your energiser. All the small energisers mentioned above only need a 50cm earth stake (larger energisers need longer earth stakes). The earth stake is a critical bit of kit and must be connected properly and pushed well into the ground. Add you tape to tape connector to make both rows of your fence live. You attached one bucks to the top line of fence, and one to the bottom line of fence. you only need 1 for the whole fence, although some people opt to use 2 - just to be safe (this isn't necessary if you are on a budget). Then test your fence and make sure you have at least 6,000 volts on the fence. Fence testers work in different ways, but for the £12 one we recommend, you simply push the spike into the ground and put the hook on your tape - then take your reading (you may need to shield the lights from the sun).
It's that easy! The vast majority of horses respond well to electric fences. Once they get a zap, they learn to stay away from the fence. The fence won't hurt them and the aim is to keep your horse safe. You may get the odd determined horse and if you own one of these Houdinis, then you'll need to opt for a more powerful energiser and probably 40mm tape.
You can scrimp on the width of tape, the fence tester, gate handles and tape connectors. Don't choose an unknown brand of electric fence energiser, or cheap imported tape or posts - they're more effort than they are worth! We have been in business for a long time, so we source items from trusted manufacturers who we have worked with for years and this is why we can confidently offer good quality at great prices.
If you have any questions about the best electric fence for your horse, please don't hesitate to email and ask firstname.lastname@example.org. We are a family run business and we are happy to help.
Electric Fence Specialist