An electric fence can keep your horses from chewing wood leaning on
the fence. Here is all the information you need to install an electric fence.
First determine the amount of supplies you will need. You will need to
measure the area you want to fence. You will need to multiply that number
by the amount of strands you want to install. If you are putting up electric
fence in conjunction with a wood fence (this is the preferred application),
two strands of electric fence is usually sufficient.
You will also need a post insulator for each post (multiply this number
by the number of strands you are installing). You will also need a corner
insulator for each corner, and a gate fastener for each gate (optional).
There are many options for fence chargers (solar powered, battery
powered and electric), but whatever type you chose make sure it has
enough amperage to charge the amount of fence you are installing.
Most fence manufactures will include this in the description of the fence
charger. Drive your grounding rod all the way into the ground right by the
fence charger - leave only 1 to 2 inches above ground to attach the grounding wire.
Nail an insulator on each wooden post. It is helpful to position them in
between the wooden rails. (see picture)
Run your fence wire working backward (start farthest away from your
charger, and run back towards it so you can connect the end to the charger.
Start by wrapping the wire around the first insulator until it is secure (splicers
or crimpers are optional - they can help create a tight connection). Run the
wire to the next insulator, and so on, until you reach a corner. Run the wire
through the corner insulator, and then continue on down that side running
the wire through each post insulator until you get to the next corner.
Repeat until you have run the wire all the way back to where the fence
charger us located; pull the wire fairly tight. With the fence charger set to
"OFF", connect the wire to the positive terminal on the fence charger.
To run additional strands of wire, splice a new piece of wire onto the
main string of wire - you can splice wire/rope/tape by twisting the two
strands together tightly, or you can use splicers.
The heights of fences used for other livestock do not necessarily apply
to horse fences. Horses are more athletic and more likely to jump a
fence than to go through or under it when spooked or herded. The
minimum recommended height for horse electric fence is 96cm. The
constitution of electric fence for horse as follow:
Number of wires:2-5 stands
Fence Accessories: polywire/polyrope, insulator, joint screws, posts ,
tensioners and all minor hardware.