How to Install a Horse Fence

Installing a fence for a horse or horses can seem daunting and expensive. It's actually a lot simpler than you may think. It will cost money, but there are way to have a nice looking, sturdy and reliable fence without spending a fortune!


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    Factor in the weather, terrain, and your horses.
    • Do you live in a cold, snowy, climate or a warm and sunny one?
    • Is the ground tough and rocky or soft and muddy?
    • Do any of your horses have a fear of or bad experience with electric fencing? If so, for your horses' sake, spend the extra and get a post-and-rail fence. If you had arachnophobia, would you want to live in a house where the walls are covered in spiders?
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    Consider height. Now that you've evaluated your surroundings, how high do you need your fence? Does your horse like jumping? Do you have any foals?
    • If you have horses that are likely to jump the fence, you will need higher star pickets.
    • If you have any foals, they will likely try and squeeze their way under. In that case you'll need to make sure each level of electric tape is close to the next, and the bottom on right near the ground.
    • If you live in a cold, snowy area that doesn't get much sun, you'll need an electric battery operated power box to keep your fenced charged. If you live in a hotter, sunnier climate, a solar powered power box is the best way to go.
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    Gather your materials.
    • Star pickets and electrical tape can be found at your local Rural Supplies. Up to you what brand of electrical tape you decide on, but even the cheapest ones work just fine. Star pickets aren't exactly cheap, but they are one of the cheapest options out there and are sturdy so you will need less of them.
    • Keep in mind, when choosing a length, that at least a quarter if not a third of the star picket will need to be underground, otherwise your horse might just find a way to pull it out or push it over.
    • You will also need at least one plastic handled hook to use as a gate latch, one that is user-friendly to hook and unhook from a star picket.
    • You may already have one at home, but if not you will need to borrow, hire, or buy a steel post/star picket driver. You can use a sledge hammer, but it makes the task of getting the pickets into the ground very long and tiresome.
    • Last of all, you'll need insulators. These are plastic clip like contraptions that attach to the star picket and you run the electrical tape through them. make sure you have plenty to spare, as you will need between 4 and 8 per star picket, depending on what height the star pickets are and how many rows of tape you want along the fence.
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    Measure the outline of your field and place markers in the ground at each point where you want to place a star picket. You'll want about 2 - 4 meters between each star picket. Go around and use the star picket driver to ram them into the ground. Now you can add the insulators where you need them, making sure they are clipped in securely.
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    Add the electrical tape. Simply pass it through the insulators on each level. Do not cut the tape! Make sure the tape is all connected. (Do not try tying it together this can interrupt the electrical current and render your fence un electric and therefore useless as your horses will sense this and go to party in the neighbouring paddock.) When you get to the end, reconnect the tape in the handle of your plastic-handled hook, which is now your gate.
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    Make sure you don't forget to attach the power box! Each power box can work slightly differently, so talk to the people you purchase it from to find out how to set it up. Before you turn on the electrical tape, walk the fence perimeter and make absolutely sure that there is no grass or flowers or twigs or branches or anything at all touching the fence and the ground. This will cut out the electrical current and again, make your fence useless.
    • Please ensure that the voltage is not too high as horses are a lot more sensitive than other livestock, and even a seemingly small shock will be enough to deter them from interfering with their new fence. The salesmen will most likely encourage you to buy a power box with higher voltage, with the threat that your horses will not be affected by a small shock. Do not be fooled; the higher the voltage, the more expensive the power box, they are just trying to get more money out of you.

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