I am interested in adding an electric wire of some type to an already existing 3-rail split rail wood fence. Sometimes the horses try to put their heads through the rails to eat on the other side and rails fall out. Also they rub against the post and rails when itching. What would you suggest I use? Do I need a continuous loop of electric to make it work? I have a metal 12 ft gate that I need to cross if it is a continuous loop. Thanks for your help.
I feel that you could use our 1.5" Electric Tape. I would want to see if you have high wind where you are located. If not, this would work. You do not have to have a complete circle of electric tape to make the fence work. However, there are ground rods that are needed and the correct power supply, as well as the proper insulators and other components. I would suggest more than just one rail since you say that your horses are rubbing and rails fall. You may need two or three rails depending on your fence height, the number of horses that you are containing, if your pasture is a dry lot or grassy, and if you have ponies.
All of these details will help to determine what will help you most. I would also need to know if your water source or underground water lines run along your fence rail, or if you have over head electric wires that run across your pasture. You do not have to have electric run over your gate, unless you want the added security of an electric rail. Let me know your thoughts and my staff and I will help you to get the fencing you are in need of for your horses.