Permanent Horse Fencing
If the fencing is to be permanent then it's best to have a wooden posts sunk into the ground and insulators attached to hold the conductor in place. The insulators prevent the current from earthing out and can be offset from the fence in necessary. For most permanent perimeter fencing, we'd recommend a 40mm diameter tape except in exposed areas where we'd recommend 20mm tape or a rope. The reason being that 40mm tape can sometimes catch the wind and flap causing damage to itself.
The height, spacings and number of conductors depend largely upon the horse being contained. the more spirited the horse, the more lines of electric fencing you'll need. For all horses, a conductor at nose level is ideal as this will always be a reminder of the fence and once the horse has touched the electric fence, the barrier becomes not so much physical as phsycological. The line around the 1m mark is really a backup to the higher line and it can prevent the horse from stretching under the main line. The additional visual presence only adds to the horses respect of the fenceline.
Temporary Horse Fencing
Polyposts and tape or rope should be used here. One or two lines should deter the horse and the polyposts are very easily moved. For most horses, the 105cm posts are perfectly adaquate and are fine for strip grazing but for larger horses, the tall posts give that extra element of security.
For a permanent fence and if mains power is present nearby, a mains energiser is the best option. The power can be taken from the energiser to the fence (and the earth stake) by lead-out cable and all you need do is plug the energiser in and switch on. Battery energisers are great if your fence is remote and the 12v energisers and leisure batteries are the most common. The battery is easily recharged but heavy to move about (Tip - By placing your 12v battery on a section of wood slightly off the ground you can extend the battery life by a few weeks). These are great for temoporary fencing but if it's for seaonal use and strip grazing then the lighter 9v energisers are perfect. They use a dry battery which is contained within the box and the earth stake sits underneath the unit and holds it securely next to the fence. The batteries are non-rechargeable but will last a considerable time especially with the power saving feqatures each unit has.
Horse Fencing Kits
We have put together some horse electric fencing kits which are perfect for novice and seasoned users alike. both the B20 kit and the B50 kit use 9v dry batteries (a 90Ah battery is included) and the B12 kit uses a 12v wet battery. Both have options for extra posts and tall posts. Please note that we can make a kit to your specification and advise on what you need and what you don't need.