Fence Maintenance

Check your fence regularly!

Horseguard Fence Tester

Once your fence is installed and maintained, never unplug your charger. Use a tester to check the voltage at the beginning and at the end of the fence installation. You cam also test the energizer itself  to check the voltage it supplies.

Keep the fence tight and re-stretch it if necessary, as the wind can break the wire conductors in a sagging tape. Watch for any broken insulators or tensioners and do not hesitate to replace them with HorseGuard’s. Inferior insulators that don’t maintain the tape properly can end up cutting the wire conductors rendering the electric fence ineffective.

Never make a knot with the tape.

Do not attach the tape directly to the fence posts.

Isn’t your energizer too powerful? (from 1 to 3 joules maximum depending on the length of tape to be installed).

Weed control

The electric tape fence should not touch anything, including vegetation, metal or wooden posts, apart from the insulators, tensioners. Regular mowing underneath the tape is a good method, or use a weed killer.


Although your fence charger is protected with a fuse, it is always better to turn off the fence when there is lightning or an electric storm. Lightning is a major cause of fence charger failure. Immediately after a storm, inspect your fence.

Power Outage

If the charger is not operating, the batteries might need to be changed. Check the fuses. If they are blown replace them. If they blow instantly, the charger should be serviced where you purchased it.

Tape Repair

In the event of a broken tape, release enough tape from tension to allow adequate slack to use the Bi-Polar splicing buckle to reconnect the ends together. #BP34



Moss on the tape after many years of installation and a climate conducive to fungi. 18 years HorseGuard tape

Always turn the charger off before servicing your fence.