The permanent fence guide for paddocks

12 The conductor material General Electric fences do not deter horses through their mechanical barrier (solid fencing), but instead through their psychological effect – the electrical pulse. As horses are flight animals, they have to be able to see the fence well, as they can otherwise run into the fence or even break through it. The deterrent effect relies on the fact that the animals “know” there is electricity in the fence. Always use clearly visible conductor tapes (40 mm tapes are ideal) with high conductivity (= low resistance) as a component. In no circumstances should only thin wire or one wire be used. It is also important that horses do not injure themselves on contact with the fence. AKO tip 1: When selecting the conductor material, always note the resistance in ohm/m. Figures in the range of 0.... are ideal – e.g. 0.3.... ohm/m AKO tip 2: Never knot your conductor material! Use stainless steel AKO Litzclip(R) conductor connector – for the gate handle and gate insulator, too. IMPORTANT: Always use stainless steel connectors when installing copper conductors. AKO tip 3: Always keep your fence conductor material properly tensioned. Slack ropes and tapes increase the risk of injury and have a reduce life span due to the effects of wind or snow.