This fence display presents 7 different fences :
4 are relatively invisible,
2 are acceptable (visible but not always respected) and
1 is visible and is respected :
the Horseguard tape.
A horse’s natural instinct is to flee from danger. A horse might not see or might ignore a smaller obstacle in his flight path.
The 1.5 inch (4cm) wide HorseGuard electrified tape creates that visual barrier.
The tape is designed to represent the diameter of a large enough tree limb that the horse would both see and avoid running into.
Horseguard Bi-Polar tape is a Mental barrier
The pain associated with the electrified tape creates a Mental barrier for the horse! These electric impulses are painful but harmless. To maintain a respect for the fence, the horse must receive a shock whenever he attemps to touch it, for that reason the fence charger must be kept “on at all times”! For the foal, that “mental barrier training” teaches him to respect his electrified fence and will exist for the rest of his life.
Horses have varying dispositions, and when faced with a narrow tape (or worse, a wire fence) they can react differently.
Let’s address the situations when the horse is “hot” or scared :
A) The horse does not see the wire and runs right into it. As we all know, horses are nearsighted and injuries due to wire fences provide vets with a lot of business.
B) The horse sees the wire or narrow tape, but is agitated enough (perhaps his barn buddy was leaving) that he tries to break through the tiny obstacle that he perceives to be only the size of a twig.
Sometimes the horse will dance or even stand there trembling with indecision. Some horses will actually bump the fence to test it. When we can take action, we generally try to distract the horse to discourage him from going on. You can find a lot of lucky horse owners who have never had to cope with such critical situations as A & B, or deal with the resulting injuries, but there are so many other possible critical fence situations that could happen. It is best to be prepared and to use your knowledge to prevent whatever you can.
An electric fence should always be kept “on” all the time and should carry permanently between 4000 to 7000 volts
HorseGuard is a Physical barrier
Horseguard tape is resistant to 650 pounds of pressure
A very popular circus in Europe had their winter camp close to our ranch. As circus people are always looking for new ideas, they tried to fence their elephants with HorseGuard tape. The owner watching his “babies” grazing like horses looked at me with tears in his eyes and said :
“Tough fence for tough customers!”
Since HorseGuardFence tape is resistant to 650 pounds of pressure, it might break with the strong pressure of a horse moving rapidly into it, or somehow entangled and struggling in it..
Not setting the tape too close to the ground is highly recommended.