Rope or Tape Fences
Consists of up to 2 strands of electrified rope (IntelliRope® PE 4.5 or 6.0) or IntelliTape™ stretched hand-tight between small-diameter wood, steel or large fiberglass posts (usually hand-driven). Line posts are step-in plastic, Step-In or FiberRods.
- To separate horses from each other.
- To fence horses out of hazards.
- To make horses easier to catch by limiting their pasture size to a few days' grazing.
- To reduce under and overgrazing (for which horses are rightly infamous).
Cost: as low as 18¢ per ft
The cost for this fence is driven by type and number of strands used and choice of energizer. The cost per ft for line posts is the same for any number of strands.
- Horses must see a fence to be able to avoid it. Our best conductors (IntelliTape and IntelliRope) have contrasting black/white colors to ensure that they "stand out" visually against all backgrounds.
- Conductivity matters. Ropes and tapes that are poor conductors provide a strong shock near the energizer and a weak shock at the far end. Good conductors provide a uniform shock and allow the use of smaller energizers (less cost and risk).
- Use step-in posts. Step-in posts can be plastic or Premier's Step-In FiberRods with a special protective top. The FiberRods are less likely to break.
- Must always be properly energized.
Energizer: You also need an energizer for this fence. Please refer to the Energizer section of our website to determine your needs.
NOTE: Dry conditions and wintertime usages—may reduce the effectiveness of electric fencing.
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.