Horse Safety Tips – ElectroBraid® Electric Horse Fence
We are proud of ElectroBraid’s outstanding safety record. Our company mission is to build safe fences for horses. We listen carefully to our customers and we act on their suggestions and advice to maintain proper horse safety.
Many prominent equine vets say ElectroBraid® is one of the safest fences for horses. At least 40,000 horses are now fenced behind ElectroBraid®. According to independent market research, 99% of all ElectroBraid® customers recommend ElectroBraid® to their friends.
The ElectroBraid® Fence System is designed to minimize injuries and secure horses safely. There are no sharp points or hard edges; no boards to break or splinter. Most severe fence injuries happen when a horse panics, or is chased by another horse, and runs ‘blind’ into a rigid fence. ElectroBraid® is a forgiving fence because it is resilient, like a boxing ring. ElectroBraid® tends to bounce the horse right back with little harm to horse or fence!
ElectroBraid® is a psychological barrier. We advise our customers to always maintain at least 5,000 volts and good electrical grounding to ensure their horses receive a significant electric shock – not just a “bee-sting”. A shock from an approved electric fence energizer is not harmful because the shock is low amperage for a tiny fraction of a second (similar in duration to a static shock from your TV set).
Injuries with ElectroBraid® are very rare. If any incident occurs, please call (1-855-323-3623) so we can discuss how best to prevent a repetition.
To keep your horses safe, use good horse sense:
- Know your horses and recognize the limitations of your property.
- Don’t turn off your fence energizer to save electricity. The cost of electricity for a fence energizer is the same as a 100-watt light bulb – about a dollar a month.
- Regularly inspect your fence to ensure the Braid™ is taut and properly electrified.
- Take particular care to make sure your fence is well grounded. 95% of all electric fence problems are due to poor grounding. Check your installation manual or our website, or call us for advice.
- Use a hot-cold system – ground the second-from-the-top-strand of Electrobraid®.
- Separate stallions from other horses. Use a laneway if needed.
- Small paddocks can be hazardous to very active horses. To fence small paddocks and pens, consider using an ElectroBraid® Top Line with a heavy grade of Diamond Mesh, V-Mesh or a heavy grade 2-by-4 No-Climb.
- Provide a sandy area for horses to roll if your horses are inclined to roll close to your fence.
- Always introduce a horse to a new pasture. For your own safety, turn OFF the fence energizer so the horse you are leading won’t get accidentally shocked and bolt. Lead the horse around the fence perimeter. Once the horse understands the boundaries of its new pasture, release the horse and turn the energizer back on.
- Take particular care when you introduce a new horse to a pasture where other horses have an established pecking order.
- Don’t torment your horses with accidental electric shocks by putting water troughs close to your electric fence, hanging grain pails on your fence posts, or throwing hay near your electric fence.
- Install your ElectroBraid® fence as recommended with 3 or more strands of Braid™.
- ElectroBraid® is engineered for your horses’ safety. Don’t take shortcuts! Please manage your horses with care and maintain your fences. Courts hold the property owner responsible for the security of their animals.
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