Top Factors to Consider When Planning an Electric Fence Line
Fencing in a new area may seem like a straightforward task, but there are many considerations to remember when planning where to place the fence line. Some factors to consider are:
- Convenience and ease of use, such as access to a power source for electric fencing.
- Location of water source, barn and food supply for easy access.
- Accessibility for getting in and out of the fenced area for gates.
- Roads for heavy equipment.
- Safety for animals and people.
- Local laws regarding animal fencing and warning signs.
Remember, proper horse fencing is meant to keep your horses safely on your property while still providing accessibility.
A well-planned fence can be an easy do-it-yourself job. The simplest factor to remember is to avoid any unnecessary changes in direction while installing a fence. Also consider any possible future expansions and additions when planning out the fenced area. Are there changes in terrain such as elevation or rocky areas that must be incorporated into the plan? Physical obstacles like wooded areas or natural bodies of water may need to be protected or avoided by the fenced area.
Here are some tips to help prepare you for the job ahead:
- Begin by sketching a diagram of where you will place the new fence line. Planning out the area will help you to determine what supplies you need. If you plan on using ElectroBriad® fencing, you can use the online fence planning tool to save you time! This tool uses Google Maps to outline your fence area, or your direct measurement input.
- Be sure to determine if and where you will need gates in the fence line. It is much easier to plan for them and install them at the beginning, rather than as an afterthought.
- Before taking shovel to dirt, call your local utility companies to be certain you won’t dig into any electric or gas lines.
- Also be sure to mow down any taller grass or weeds along the line to clear a path for your new line. Weeds can impede an electric current in your newly-installed fence.
- If stallions will be kept in this newly-fenced area, they will need to have a minimum 12-foot alleyway between their paddock and any others to prevent kicking and other aggressive behavior.
- Account for equipment that you may need to move between paddocks, and make alleyways large enough to accommodate.
- A second separate pasture with a separate energizer is a good idea to have in case you need to isolate animals, such as if an energizer fails in another part of the pasture or other unforeseen events.
- The grounding of your new fence is of utmost importance. Improper grounding means that the electric fencing will not shock.
- Always use the appropriate size charger for your fence.
Taking these and other matters into consideration during the planning phase of fencing will help to avoid any future problems and lessen the burden if any issues do arise.
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