ElectroBraid™ Electric Horse Fencing Q & A
ELECTROBRAID™ Q & A
by Debbie Disbrow
Q. WHAT IS ELECTROBRAID™?
A. ElectroBraid™ is a permanent electric fence designed especially for horses. It is both a physical barrier and a psychological deterrent. It is highly visible to horses, strong, durable and resilient.
Q. HOW DOES IT WORK?
A. Once a horse receives a painful shock the horse will not go near the fence again. It won’t rub against the fence. It won’t crib on it. And it won’t try to jump over it or go through it or go under. It doesn’t want to get shocked again.
Q. HOW DURABLE IS ELECTROBRAID™ FENCE?
A. The high-grade polyester fiber is the same fiber used in automotive seat belts and parachute harnesses. Polyester resists attack by ultraviolet light, salt, manure and most farm chemicals. The copper develops an oxidized outer layer or “patina” that protects the copper wire from corrosion. The Braid™ carries a 25-year warranty.
Q. WHAT MAKES ELECTROBRAID™ A SAFE HORSE FENCE?
A. There are no impact injuries. There are no sharp points or hard edges. There are no boards to break or splinter. There are no wires to cut or puncture. Horses crib on board fences and rub against it. Even minor cuts can become seriously infected. The worst potential injury with ElectroBraid™ is if a horse is able to wrap a strand of Braid™ completely around a rear leg and struggles. The prospect of such an accident can be virtually eliminated by wiring and grounding the fence correctly, and by keeping the Braid™ taut.
Q. WHY IS MAINTENANCE COST LOW?
A. If you properly install your corner and end posts, they won’t move. Brass and copper components won’t corrode. Occasionally, an insulator might break and need replacement. Little else will need repair. For some reason, lightning rarely touches ElectroBraid™, and if it does, a few hundred feet of ElectroBraid™ may need replacement, and perhaps an energizer. If a tree falls on the fence, cut it off and the Braid™ will spring right back. Horses don’t crib on ElectroBraid™ or rub against it. The fence is seldom, if ever, damaged by storms, including ice storms and tornadoes. Repairs are quick and easily done by hand.
Q. WHAT MAINTENANCE IS REQUIRED?
A. Walk the fence line to confirm your fence has not been damaged. Check the voltage regularly. Once or twice a year, mow weeds from under your fence. In the spring, make sure no fence posts have been heaved by frost.
*Ask about the 1-year Limited Manufacturer’s Warranty with all ElectroBraid™ chargers.