The Fence

Electric fence

THE FENCE MATERIAL can be galvanised wire, poly wire, tape, or rope.

Galvanised wire is the most efficient conductor of electricity, but is not very visible, and not recommended for horses.

Poly wire is also not very visible, it is suitable for discouraging horses from damaging post and rail fences and buildings. It can easily be rolled up and is therefore ideal for temporary fences when used with cattle or sheep.

Tape is the most common fence for horses, it is very visible and is made in various colours and sizes from 12.5mm to 40mm. There are many different qualities, Choose a tape that has the best conductive qualities to give the most power at the end of your fence run. High quality, 40mm tape is suitable for both permanent and semi permanent fences. Other tapes are more suited to short runs, and temporary fences.

POSTS are basically plastic, wood or metal, designed for permanent or temporary fences.

Plastic posts normally come in two heights 1.00m and 1.60m, they have a selection of spaced wire/tape/rope holders and can come in various colours. They are suited to temporary fences and designed for using on straight runs of fence, they are not suitable for corners or ends. They are normally easy to push in the ground, they are light to handle and ideal for stripping paddocks.

Wooden posts are suited for permanent fences. They are ideal to strengthen a plastic post system, using them for corner, intermediate and end posts. They require insulators suited to the type of fence you are using.

Metal posts are more suited to cattle, but can be used for horses. They are normally just over a metre high with one insulator at the top, additional insulators can be fitted. They can be used with wire or rope, but they are not designed for use with tape.

On average posts need to be spaced 5-6 metres apart, this can be increased with higher tension fence and stronger posts up to 15 metres.

INSULATORS are designed to suit the fence and post type you are using. They can be clamp on, screw in or nail on types. As previously mentioned, tape insulators that grip the tape guarantee longer tape life.

To protect post and rail fences, and buildings you can use screw in offset insulators.

Without proper insulators your fence system will not work. Whether you use tape or rope, it should never be tied around posts, or allowed to touch the ground.