When planning your StockGuard Electric Fence, there are a number of decisions that need to be made:
How many tape runs shall I use?
What spacing will I make my posts?
What colour tape shall I use?
What type of post shall I use?
What type of line insulator will I use?
Number of Tape Runs
To create that permanent visual and mental barrier for your horses, use these quick and easy guidelines to help provide the right fence for horses on your property:
Number of Tape Runs
Contain small ponies (serial escape artists)
Mare and Foals
Great visual along driveway
Horses over two years of age and above 14 hands
We recommend a maximum of 5m between posts or star pickets. If you are in a particularly windy environment, we do recommend bringing this spacing down to 4m.
StockGuard comes in 3 different colours for the tape and most of the fittings. They are exactly the same, just the colour is different. It really depends on your aesthetics which one you would like to use.
The only thing we do often tell people is that you will have this tape in your paddocks for a long time (given the StockGuard 25 year guarantee on the tape) and the white tape is prone to getting grubby long before the green or brown!
Image 1: Coloured Tape in Brown, White and Green (also shows line insulator that can be used for Wooden and Woodshield Posts - F8)
Post Types and Line Insulators
Post type really comes down to your personal preference and what you have avilable. StockGuard does not sell the posts themselves, but we do have fittings for both wooden and woodshield posts, as well as bare and poly covered star pickets.
Image 2: An example of Wooden Posts.
You can see the most common line insulator that our customers prefer for wooden posts in Image 1 above, the F8. These can be matched to the colour of the tape you have chosen. The F8 is secured to the wooden post with 2 screws (provided) that just need a cordless drill.
There are 2 alternatives to this coloured fitting, the CR40 and F16V (see Image 3 and 4) however, they both only come in black.
Image 3: CR40 - alternative line insulator for both Wooden and Woodshield Posts (black only).
Image 4: F16V - another alternative line insulator for Wooden and Woodshield Posts, as well as Poly over Star Pickets (black only).
Image 5: An example of Woodshield Posts.
As with the wooden posts, the most common line insulator that our customers prefer for woodshield posts is the F8 (see Image 1). These can be matched to the colour of the tape you have chosen. The F8 is secured to the wooden post with 2 screws (provided) that just need a cordless drill.
Again, there are 2 alternatives to this coloured fitting, the CR40 and F16V (see Image 3 and 4) however, they both only come in black.
Poly over star pickets can be a good option if you don't have the will or means to dig holes for every single post. Bang in the pickets, cut the poly pipe to length (50mm poly is generally used) and slide over the top of the picket. Enough of the picket is left sticking out of the top in order to secure the StockGuard Cap (Image 7) to the picket, while any lower line insulators (F16V - Image 4) are attached to the poly only.
Image 6: Example of Poly over Star Pickets.
Image 7: StockGuard Cap fitted over the top of poly over star pickets (black only)
Bare Star Pickets
Bare star pickets can be really handy if you just need something quick and easy to set up, and just as easy to pull down and re-use somewhere else. The Stockguard Cap (Image 9) is used for the top run while we have adapted the F8 to fit star pickets for the lower runs. The F8-STAR is pictured in Image 10.
See our handy kits here.
Image 8: An example of Bare Star Pickets.
Image 9: StockGuard Cap for top tape run (black only)
Image 10: StockGuard fitting for star pickets on lower tape runs (matched to tape).
Once you know:
- how many tape runs you will use;
- what your post spacings will be;
- what colour tape you will use;
- what type of post you will use; and
- what type of line insulator you will use;
and you have a rough plan of the fence you plan to build, you are now ready to Get a Quote!
- We offer you a free personalised quote.
- A design service backed by 50 years practical experience.
- 40mm electric fence tape and fittings for $1.20 per metre per tape run
- Backed by 25 year guarantee* on fence tape
- Reliable courier service direct to your door - Australia wide.
- Same day dispatch from our Queensland warehouse.