CHECK YOUR FENCE REGULARLY!
Electric tape fence also has weaknesses! It is so effi cient that once it is installed
you are inclined to think that all your fencing problems are solved. The most
important ways to make sure fences are secure is to check them regularly for
Use a fence tester to check your fence and check the voltage on a regular basis
to ensure at least 3000 volts on the fence line.
Leave the power on
Without power your fence is just a tape fence, and after eating the grass under it
without getting zapped, the horse will soon realize there is nothing to keep him from
leaning further and further out, ultimately breaking the tape.
So leave the power on at all times to keep your horses safe.
Check your fence tape and the connections regularly to discover and fix the problems
before your horses get loose.
Keep the fence tight and re-stretch it if necessary, the wind flutter can break the wire
conductors in a sagging tape.
Look for broken insulators, broken tensioners, if any, do not hesitate to replace them.
Inferior and cheap insulators that don't maintain the tape properly will en up cutting
the wire conductors making the electric fence ineffective.
The charger is not operating
Checks the batteries: the batteries might need to be changed and often it is so
obvious, it doesn't come to mind.
Check the fuses. If they are blown replace them. If they blow instantly, the charger
has to be serviced where you purchased it. Make sure that you have selected the
charger with the maximum energy for your circumstances.
The impulse energy has to be more than 1 Joule output for small fences and more
than 5 Joules output for long ones.
Do not attach the tape
directly to the post !
The electric tape fence should not touch
anything, including vegetation, metal or
wooden posts, apart from the insulators,
tensioners and insulated posts.
Don't forget to always turn the charger off before servicing your fence.
Regular mowing underneath the tape is a good method. A horse that leans over
or through a weak fence may loose respect for it.
Use a powerful fence charger that can sustain power even with such losses of
Install the tape high enough above the ground
but low enough for horses and
ponies not to creep under it. A happy medium is somewhere between 20" and
28". Keep vegetation away by mowing or once a year, use a weed killer.
Clean your Fence when necessary
|It is difficult to avoid bird droppings
and spider webs along the fence
line. Birds may run along the fence,
and their droppings are so acidic
that eventually it will eat through the
stainless steel threads. One solution
is to use fiberglass posts to reduce
invitation for birds to perch. Spider
webs can be removed easealy, but
there will be less spiders along the
fence with a good weed and local
Although your fence charger is usually protected with a fuse, it is always better to
turn off the fence when there is lightning or an electric storm. Lightning is a major
cause of fence-charger failure.
Immediately after a storm, inspect your fence to make sure it is in good shape. A
fallen tree might have flattened your fence, opening up an escape route before
you realize it.
In the event of a broken tape, release enough tape from tension to allow slack
and use the splicing buckle #24
to reconnect the ends together.
Check the dampness of the ground. About 90 percent of all electric fence problems
are due to poor grounding. When the ground is frozen or too dry it is very difficult to
obtain a good connection .
To prevent that problem, it is wise to have a separate paddock for snow or for
extreme drought conditions using our unique Bi-Polar Tape system created specifi
cally to address these issues. The perfect solution is our Bi-Polar “Paddock”
Kit (page 44) that needs no grounding and will give you a true year-round fence