Electric Fencing for Horses & Ponies
This is normally done using electric fence tape, rather than wire or rope. The main reason for this is that the deterrent effect of the fence line is 'visual' to a large degree and horses' dichromatic vision is generally much less sharp than our own. This means that our equine friends probably won't see a thin fence line and the first they will know about it is an electric shock, which may cause them to panic and push forward through the line. Unless specifically requested, we also suggest using white tape, rather than green; horses and ponies cannot really distinguish between red and green, so the use of white ensures that the fence is as visible as possible.
Equestrian electric fences typically have two lines, so that contact is made as early as possible: the highest is typically at muzzle or chest height and the lower line is designed to make contact with the leading knee. Obviously, you should try to match the height of the fence lines to your horses or ponies and, when in doubt, it is always better to have more lines rather than less.
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