RAMM Fence Electric Fence 101 The Fence ~ There are many different along the fence, such as weeds. A good rule of thumb is 1 Joule for a 5 acre pasture. The output of the charger should be selected to provide between 4000-5000 volts through the fence at the point furthest from the charger. This “bite” felt by the horse is short lived and not enough to cause physical harm. types of electric fence available on the market today. Shockline, our coated high tensile wire, is durable and visible. Pro-Tek, by RAMM, also offers three more economical choices. A very visible 1.5" electric tape, a 1/3" braided electric and an electric rope. Electrobraid® is another popular option. For temporary installations we offer an electric twine. We do not carry uncoated wire because we feel it is unsafe for horses. We are often asked, “how many rails or strands of fence should I use?” While this is a matter of opinion, 65% of our customers utilize three strands, often in combination with a FLEX FENCE® top rail. Along busy roads, areas with a large number of horses concentrated, or stallion paddocks at least 4 strands are recommended. Keep the bottom strand 14"-18" off the ground to prevent grass from shorting out the fence. Cut-Off Switch ~ Acts to interrupt the flow of electricity from the charger to the fence. It can be installed between the charger and the fence to provide an easy way of disconnecting the power without having to return to the barn (generally where the charger is located). Charger ~ Also called an energizer, this provides an electric pulse which streams through the fence about once per second. The effectiveness of a charger is based on many different things: soil moisture, size of ground field, type and amount of fence. The most important measure of output is the Joule rating. More Joules does not equate to a higher shock if the horse touches the fence, rather a more steady flow should there be resistance Ground System ~ Moisture is the conductor of electricity in the ground field and is critical for completing the circuit. T his is the key to a good electric fence and often the most common source of failure. Consider that the grounding system is similar to a television antenna; the larger the antenna, the greater the reception will be. 18 ELECTRIC FENCE 101 Prices subject to change. Visit rammfence.com for up to date items and pricing.