Electric fence safety

Electric fences are convenient and effective for horse farms. There are some safety hazards with electric fences, however, so watch out for these:

1. Avoid hopping over fences, to avoid entanglement.
2. Electric fences that are run underground (as under a gated opening) can produce stray voltage.  An earth rod is a good option.
3. Putting a powerful energizer on a fence that is not complete or set up as the instructions direct can send stray voltage where it does not belong. Take the time to set up your fence correctly and completely
4. High-impedance energizers can create a fire hazard. Low-impedance energizers send a pulse every second and the pulse remains for only a short time.
5. Watch out for vegetation on the lines, which can cause shorts.

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About A Cain

I am originally from New York State and moved to Pennsylvania for college and graduate school. My husband and I later lived in California and West Virginia, and then we were transferred to North Carolina. I learned to ride as an adult, in North Carolina. I have two horses now: one wild-and-wooly teenager who is learning from me, and one former race horse that has turned into a school master for me. They are both pretty sensible and great on trails, so we go everywhere. They live with me on my own North Carolina mini farm. I love to sit on my deck in the evening and watch them graze.
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