Choosing Electric Fence Wire for Your Horse Operation

April 19, 2016 by Linda

Choosing Electric Fence Wire for Your Horse Operation

Knowing which type of wire or tape to use can be a bit of work if you are new to using electric fencing for your horses or livestock. But don’t worry, we have taken the guesswork out of fencing conductors with this quick guide! This review of the various different fencing wires should help you be better equipped to make the right decision based on your needs.

Electric poly tape is highly visible, strong, can withstand all weather conditions, and it will not rust. Electric poly tape is available in different widths, with each width being better suited for different applications. Because of its enhanced visibility and superior strength, wider tape is recommended for perimeter fences and is an excellent solution for horses, but it’s not the best solution in areas that experience strong winds. The thinner tapes are better for use in windy areas as they provide less resistance. Also, it is available in two different colors that aid visibility. For example, it comes in white for green/brown areas and it comes in orange for snowy areas!

Electric poly wire fencing lacks the strength of steel wire fencing but it is more visible and will also not rust. It is better suited to containing slower moving animals like sheep and cattle rather than horses, who may run quickly through it.  It is a convenient option for temporary fencing, as it is on a reel, and it also offers an easy and affordable solution for rotation grazing or pasture dividing.

Electric poly rope fencing is thicker than poly wire and is reinforced with stainless steel woven throughout the rope, making it both a strong and effective conductor. Like poly tape, it is also quite visible and will not rust. Because of its superior strength and conductivity, poly rope is very effective for constructing perimeter fencing to contain horses. Because it is much thinner than tape, it is optimal for windy locations.

Electrified polymer coated high-tensile wire fencing may be your best option if you want to construct permanent fences over a large area. However, as wire fences don’t give like a poly tape or poly rope fence, use with caution for high strung or reckless animals. It, too, is easy to see and will not rust. The polymer coating is also resistant to UV rays.

A single guard wire can also be added to enhance the efficacy of your wooden or vinyl fencing. The added electric barrier will help keep animals from chewing, rubbing, or trying to push through your fence. It can also help deter predators if placed at a lower height, or deter animals from fighting over or through fencing. This is a great and affordable way to enhance the longevity of your existing fences, at roughly $.05-$.10 per foot!

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