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Create a Permanent or Semi-permanent Horse Fence-Page 2: Posts, Conductors, Insulators

Page 1: Introduction, Chargers, Hookup Wire
Page 2: Posts, Conductors, Insulators
Page 3: Connectors, Gates, Ground Rods
Page 4: Accessories, Installation Instructions, Purchase






    The distance between electric horse fence posts typically ranges from 20 to 35 feet, depending on how sturdy you want your fence to be. Wood or metal posts are best set 2 feet into the ground, while fiberglass posts can be inserted 1 foot down. Because of shipping costs we don't stock many heavy posts. Our fiberglass posts are too flexible to make good corner, gate, or end posts; but they do make acceptable line posts, especially if they are alternated with one of the other types. We also stock plastic step-in posts (see catalog, step-in posts page) but don't offer them here because they are best suited to temporary pasture fences or portable paddocks and corrals.

    Metal T-posts

    These are 7-foot galvanized studded steel T-posts weighing 1.33 pounds per foot.

    This product is unavailable or out of stock.

    Fiberglass Posts

    The posts offered here are white and half an inch in diameter. For a far more diverse array of both green and white fiberglass posts, see our catalog's fiberglass posts page.




    Conductors: Polyrope and Wide Polytape

    Permanent and semi-permanent electric horse fences typically use polyrope or polytape to carry the electric charge. The other alternatives, polywire and metal wire, aren't recommended -- because polywire lacks visibility and metal wire can injure horses.

    The number of conductor runs used can range anywhere from one to six on fences that are typically 4 or 5 feet tall. However, those using only one run are generally enclosing horses trained to obey electric fences, while those using six are alternating charged and grounded runs in order to cope with dry or frozen ground (see how an electric fence works). 

    Polyrope is the main conductor used these days. True, wide polytape is more visible; but it's also more cumbersome and far more vulnerable to damage from the weather -- especially the wind. Polytape aficionados whose fences are not wind-blown may wish to consider putting one run of 1.5-inch polytape along the top of the fence for visibility and using polyrope on the rest.


    Ordinary polyrope with stainless steel wires will work on fences up to a mile long.

    This product is unavailable or out of stock.


    If you're going to use polytape on a permanent or semi-permanent horse fence, the best choice is 1.5-inch polytape. The first tape listed here will carry a charge up to a mile, while the Farm Pro tapes will carry it up to 3 miles. For a larger selection of polyytapes see our catalog's polytape pages.




    The insulators listed here are a portion of those we offer for polyrope and 1.5-inch polytape. For a much more extensive and diverse array of insulators see our catalog's electric fence insulators section.

    We recommend Top'r insulators for T-posts and U-posts because the exposed tops of these posts can injure horses. If you are using Top'rs (also available for wood posts), plan to get one of these insulators for every post--including line, corner, end, and gate posts.

    Then find the fence's total number of corner and end posts, defining an end as any place where the fence butts up against a barn, other structure, wall, or other fence. Multiply this by the number of conductor runs not carried by Top'rs and plan on getting this number of corner knobs or corner insulators -- choosing insulators suited to the type of conductor and post used. Use this same approach to figure the number and type(s) of insulators needed for all the line posts.

    Polyrope Insulators

    Top'r insulators for polyrope

    Corner/end post insulator for polyrope

    This product is unavailable or out of stock.

    Line insulators for polyrope


    1.5-inch Polytape Insulators

    Top'r insulators for 1.5-inch polytape


    Corner/end post insulator for Steel T-posts and 1.5-inch polytape

    Line insulators for 1.5-inch polytape



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