How to choose the right electric fence?
While there are many types of horse fencing, electric fencing is now the benchmark in both efficiency and cost. With the arrival of fine weather, the return to grass of the horses is imminent. Only, it is necessary to ensure the good quality of its fence in order to avoid any risk for the horse during its stay outside. Find in this article, all the steps of the installation of an electric fence.
1- Design the assembly plan of your fence
In order to anticipate hazards and save time when setting up your fence, we advise you to draw a diagram of the perimeter to be fenced. This will allow you to first estimate the length of your fence based on the number of wires and the height chosen.
2- Prepare the ground
In order to ensure the proper functioning of your fence and avoid energy losses linked to vegetation, start by walking around the meadow where your horse will enjoy its freedom. Mechanically clear the area around it and do not hesitate to cut the nearby branches which will not fail to grow during the summer and could come into contact with your fence in the weeks to come.
3- Choose your energizer
There are different types of power supply possible for an electric fence: The energizer connected to the electrical network, the battery-powered energizer and the energizer powered by solar energy. Whichever energizer is chosen, it must be adapted to the length of the total fence (multiply the perimeter of your meadow by the number of wire heights). Its power must be adapted to the fence and the vegetation. Aim for a stored energy of 1 joule per kilometer of fence.
4- Fence the perimeter
Depending on the type of stakes you want to use, their quality and the exposure of your pasture to the prevailing winds, we advise you to plant a stake every 3 to 5 meters. Remember to take good care of the corner posts with a reinforcement by a strut to ensure the durability of your fence over time.
5- Place your earth connection(s)
A good fence with a bad ground becomes a bad fence. Without a good earth connection, the best energizer becomes inoperative. A good earth connection must be in contact with the deep humidity of the ground.
Count 1 meter of grounding per joule for your energizer. If necessary, you can put several ground sockets and connect them together with a metal wire. Keep a distance of 3 meters between the stakes. When the ground is stony or sandy, it is possible to increase the contact of the earth electrode with the ground by adding bentonitearound the picket. Good to know: it is mandatory to use bentonite clay every 50 meters along public roads. To judge whether the earth connection is effective, it suffices to touch it when the energizer is in operation. Normally, you should not feel any tingling due to the passage of the current.
You now have all the information you need to set up a properly electrified fence that is suitable for your horses in order to minimize the risk of escape. And don't forget to put up a sign warning passers-by that the fence is electrified (compulsory every 50 meters along the public road).
Contact True Built Fencing, a fence contractor in Austin TX, and let professionals build your perfect fence.
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