A Guide to Equestrian Electric Fencing

We all keep horses for different reasons, but whether your horse is your friend, hobby, or investment, you want to keep it safe. When we were first established, we focused solely on providing our customers with high-quality equestrian rubber flooring, and this has now expanded to include a wide range of farming equipment. We have a huge knowledge base when it comes to all things equestrian, which is why we have put together this brief guide to electric fencing which answers a few common questions to make your purchasing process easier.

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How Does Electric Fencing Work?

There are several components that make up an electric fencing system, with an energiser putting out a high-voltage, low-current pulse approximately once per second through a conductive fence line. This fence line can be one of several types: high tensile wire, stranded wire, electric fencing polywire, electro-tape, or electro-rope.

 

The fence line must be away from the ground entirely and insulated, so that there is no leakage of current to the earth. It is important to make sure that you include good quality insulators as part of the system.

 

What Is an Energiser?

An energiser is the unit that creates the high voltage pulse shock on electric fencing. There are many different types of energisers, and they are differentiated by three main points; whether the energiser is run on batteries, mains, or solar energy; the voltage of the unit; and the joules (which determines the distance the fence can be electrified).

 

What Happens to the Horse When It Touches the Electric Fencing?

When a horse touches the live fence, it will complete the electric circuit and feel a shock as the current flows through its body and into the ground, then back into the energiser via the earth stake. The way electric fencing works is that your horse will remember the shock, building its own psychological barrier against the fence. This means that it will learn to stay away from it, respecting its barriers. This is an entirely humane and important experience, aiding in keeping your horse safe.

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