When considering fencing options for your farm or ranch, you may be considering an electric horse fence to keep your animals from straying. Electric horse fences are becoming more popular than they were many years ago. This is partly because urban areas are sprawling and encroaching on rural areas where horses are housed and raised. As the city moves in, more and more horse owners fear their animals will escape and become injured (or worse) in highly congested urban areas that are not too far away
However, electric horse fences are not for everyone. So, this article will address both the good and bad aspects of electric horse fencing. With the facts, you will be able to determine for yourself if an electric horse fence is the best option for you and your horses.
The Pros of an Electric Horse Fence
When used in conjunction with a wooden fence or other acceptable horse barrier fence type, an electrical horse fence can be a reliable means of keeping your horses out of sowing fields or away from congested or frequently traveled highways. Older horses will quickly learn that they are to stay away from the fence and choose less painful areas to graze and run.
When used with a backup generator, electric horse fences are a very reliable method of keeping your horses contained in a certain area. This will mean that less time will need to be spent monitoring fence lines or checking for damage caused by the horses to wooden fences. Because older horses will generally tend to stay at least 8 to 10 feet away from the fence, there will be fewer repairs to your fence line.
The Cons of an Electric Horse Fence
Electric horse fences can be dangerous. Sometimes, younger fillies or colts aren't aware of the electrical shock or pain that can be associated with an electric horse sense and can easily get caught up in fencing. When the voltage is not properly set or regulated, this could result in serious injury or even death in the young horse. If the electric fence is not installed properly, or used with another dangerous fence material such as barbed wire, the fence could even be considered deadly for older horses or humans that might get caught up in the fence.
Generally speaking, an electric horse fence wire is not suitable as the only option for keeping your horses enclosed in area. The eyesight of horses is not as good as that of dogs or some other animals. Therefore, the thin wire used for an electric horse fence may be difficult for the horse to see or avoid. This will often result in the horse inadvertently coming in to contact with the fence wire. If this happens, the horse may become agitated or excited and may actually break the thin gauge electric fence wire. So, if an electric horse fence is to be used, it should always be used as a secondary type of fence and not as the only type.