The distance a strand should be held away (offset) from a fence varies. For vinyl or wood fences 2" is enough. For high-tensile wire fences, because the risk of injury is greater, we think the maximum (7"–9") is best.
- Prevents horses from fighting across paddock fences.
- Keeps horses from leaning, rubbing or chewing on fence.
- Enables worn and weary fences to last a few more years.
- Gives longevity to new fences.
- Keeps horses away from less-safe fences (HT wire, barbed wire).
- Carries pulses from an energizer in the barn to outlying fences.
Cost: as low as 9¢ per ftThe cost of a Guard Strand is only the cost of the conductor, insulators and energizer.
- Which conductor? IntelliRope® PE 4.5 works well and is not expensive.
- Which insulator? Depends on the existing fence. Review our insulators (see accessories tab below) and choose the ones that match your line, end and corner posts.
- Which energizer? You will need an energizer for this fence to help protect horses from a fence—and vice versa. Please refer to the Energizer section to determine your needs.
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See installation instructions under "Diagram & Accessories" above.
We offer many fences to fit your situation, including different heights and lengths, multiple colors, drivable posts and positive/negative options for dry soils. Questions? Call our fence consultants at
Electric fence is a pain barrier, not a physical barrier. A common mistake is not electrifying it. Animals may escape or become entangled (and may die). On a % basis, entanglement is very rare, but it can and does occur. If animals are scared or starved it will not keep them in. The first time you put the animals in the net, you should be available to watch them for a while. That way if one were to get into the fence and get caught, you can turn the power off and get them loose.
Warning! Due to risk of fire, do NOT use continuous output energizers with electric netting or electro-plastic conductors such as rope, twine or tape. Use only with a low or wide impedance intermittent pulse energizer. (Fi-Shock™ brand energizers which are sold as low impedance, continuous current output should NOT be used with electric netting.) All energizers sold on Premier’s website use an intermittent pulse and are suitable for use with electric netting.
Dry conditions and wintertime usage may reduce the effectiveness of electric fencing. Ice and heavy snow can flatten netting and thereby damage it.
Dry or frozen ground may cause post spikes to bend or break if inserted with force. Pilot holes may be needed. We recommend using drivable or single spike posts in hard soils. Double spike posts provide more stability when the ground is soft.