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The Shocking Truth!  

Electric Fence Tips  

With Larry Feight, Whitehall, MT

 

June 2012 issue

 

Q:  How can I install the safest high-tensile wire electric fence for my horses?

 

A:  The chance of wire injury decreases considerably if two simple rules are followed when installing high-tensile electric fence.

 

1)  High tensile electric wire can be one of the safest types of fence to use around horses, but the posts should never be closer than 40 feet apart.  This will allow the wire to flex and give when it is impacted by an animal. If posts are closer together, simply remove enough posts to allow for the 40 to 50 feet spacing. Posts farther apart will also reduce the cost of labor and material when constructing an electric fence.

 

2)  High tensile wire requires a high-quality energizer that will shock hard (create pain) enough for an animal to gain respect for the fence. If the shock is not hard enough, the animal will challenge the wire, and the chances of getting injured or cut increase.

   Horses that are surrounded by electric fence with a high quality energizer become observant and learn to pay attention when they see wire, and to even avoid it, even if it is just lying on the ground.

 

Larry Feight owns High Country Ag Marketing in Whitehall , Mont. For more information, contact him at l_feight@hcam.net or 800-777-9960.

 

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