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Electrobraid Fence

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electrobraid.jpgElectroBraid® 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.

What does it look like? ElectroBraid® looks like high quality braided yachting rope. A double helix of copper wire conductors is braided into the outer jacket of the rope. 3 or 4 strands of Braid™ of ¼ inch diameter are mounted on insulators on fence posts. Fence posts can be wood, vinyl or steel, spaced 30 to 50 feet apart. The Braidcomes in white, black or checkered.

Why is it new and different?

Traditional electric cattle fencing uses small diameter steel wires which are hard for horses to see. The ropes of ElectroBraid® are highly visible. ElectroBraid® can absorb the energy of a panicked horse and will typically bounce the horse back into its pasture with no harm to horse or fence.

How durable is ElectroBraid® Horse Fence?

The high-grade polyester fiber is the same fiber used in automotive seat belts and parachute harnesses. Polyester resists attack by ultra-violet 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.

How does it work?

ElectroBraid® Fence is both a physical barrier and a psychological deterrent. Once a horse receives a 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.

Is the electric shock harmless?

The electric shock from a UL or CSA approved fence energizer is completely harmless. The electric shock from a UL approved fence energizer is completely harmless. The shock is extremely low amperage for 3/10,000 of a second, once a second, but it is an immediate, unpleasant psychological deterrent. Once shocked, neither you, nor your horse, want to touch the fence again.

How can an electric shock be painful to a stallion but not harmful to a baby horse?

The brief electric shock causes a painful muscle contraction but there is not enough current to harm your physiology, heart or nervous system. The safety of a two year old child is the standard used by national testing laboratories such as UL and CSA. UL reports that there has never been a serious injury from a UL approved electric fence energizer since UL started safety testing in 1940.

What makes ElectroBraid® a safe horse fence?

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.

Why is it so secure?

ElectroBraid® has the resilience and the strength to resist the impact of a stallion - - it just stretches, then springs back.  It is secure because, unlike conventional board fencing, ElectroBraid® shocks a horse. The horse doesn't understand what happened - - it just knows it wants to stay clear in future. A horse has never voluntarily jumped any ElectroBraid® Fence, to our knowledge.

How do horses feel about ElectroBraid® ?

"Horses love ElectroBraid® !" our customers tell us. Horses are herd animals, born to roam free in wide open spaces. With ElectroBraid® fence, all the horses can see each other and stallions can see their mares. There are no places for predators to hide. Horses don't pace up and down their fence line. Owners say horses are more relaxed. They can see you and you can see them!

How does ElectroBraid® Fence compare to other electric fence systems?

  • Stranded electric rope "unravels" under tension and needs constant tightening. By contrast, ElectroBraid® is dimensionally stable because of its braided-over-inner-core construction. Provided the Braid™ is properly tensioned when installed, the Braid™ will maintain it's tautness with only occational re-tensioning.
  • Woven electrical horse tape contains parallel electrical conductors. These wires take much of the strain and tension. The wires tend to break under windy conditions. By contrast the copper wire conductors in ElectroBraid® are formed in helical coils like springs. This allows bend and stretch. All tension is taken by the fiber strands. The copper wires won't break under tension.
  • Electric polywire is lightweight and small diameter. It breaks easily and can cut horse flesh like a knife.
  • Conventional high tensile wire (HTW) electric fence is good for cattle but not for horses. Unlike cattle, horses are excitable, high-strung animals. Horses often don't see the steel fence wires. The wires can break under impact and wrap and cut and puncture flesh.
  • Certain electric fence rail systems are especially made for horses. These are worth considering but tend to be expensive to install and may not be as safe as ElectroBraid® .