Rope Fences - Up to 5 strands
Consists of up to 5 strands of electrifiable, long-lasting rope or braid strained between wood end and corner posts, supported by wood or steel line posts.
Rope fences must always be properly energized. Horses have long memories. So never give them a chance to suspect that a fence might not be electrified.
- Boundary fence. An attractive, effective, low-cost option to vinyl and wood fences.
- Subdivide pastures and feeding areas. Enables feeding and pasturing horses as individuals. Reduces horse-to-horse bonding problems.
- Keeps horses away from hazards (ponds, streams, feed, stored building materials).
- To fence floodplains. Floodwaters flow through rope fences more readily than other fences. And it's easier to repair if a serious flood occurs.
- Fences for exercise arenas. It's wise to switch the power off when arena is in use.
- To prevent horses in adjacent pens from having physical access to each other. Nothing equals a quality electric fence for this role. It's "magic".
Cost: as low as 47¢ per ft
Key factors that affect costs are: number of strands; choice of rope; choice of energizer.
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- Install end, corner & line posts. Spacing of line posts (not more than 35 ft) must be adjusted to terrain. Always put a post at top of hills and bottom of valleys.
- Attach insulators to posts.
- Attach rope to one end post.
- Clip rope into insulators (vary the spacing of rope strands according to type and size of horse(s), fence usage boundary vs. subdivision and the number of strands.) Pull until the P Spring is 50% compressed. Terminate it.
- Connect ropes electrically at one end with an insulated wire or a Rope-to-Rope Link.
- Attach energizer. Turn it on. Check fence for voltage. You will need an energizer for this fence. Please refer to the Energizer section to determine your needs or refer to our energizer comparison chart.
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.