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post #1 of 30 Old 12-28-2012, 05:51 PM Thread Starter
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Electric fence-not working? URGENT

five months ago, we got an electric fence and It worked fine in summer but know, my horse touches it and doesnt get shocked. I was thinking it was because of his long winter hair. BUt now, I dont know. It blinks and everything looks normal......
My horse has grown up with an electric fence so he doesnt try to get out. But I just dont want to take the risk of him escaping. we have only one strand of wire, could that cause a problem?
Any advice?
PS the ground is covered in 6 in of snow, so could that be a problem?
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post #2 of 30 Old 12-28-2012, 06:04 PM
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Have you tested the wires yourself to see whether there is charge traveling through them or not? You need to test in multiple locations and this can help you identify where the charge is being lost if it is through the fence. You need to check the connections as well. Is it a solar or plug-in charger? How is the wire attached to your posts? There are many places/ways that you can lose charge in the fence - locating the problem is key in fixing it.
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Have you touched it? That's the simplest way to check.
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post #4 of 30 Old 12-28-2012, 06:06 PM
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If its touching the fence in places, you'll lose electricity. Have you checked the connectors to make sure it's only touching the plastic pieces?
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The charger is obviously working. Is it battery, solar or plug in? If it's not plug-in, it could be low in charge and next to nothing arrives at the actual fence.
Then check the connection from the charger to the fence, make sure it's screwed in tight.
Next check where it's attached to the fence, could be loose.
next check all insulators, the wire should only touch plastic, anything else will discharge into the ground.
Don't know how you connect charger with fence, with a cable? Could be broken.
For further " diagnostics" I would need more info
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post #6 of 30 Old 12-28-2012, 06:24 PM
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Get a fence tester to check your charge. It may be shorting out somewhere. If it is then you get the fun of walking your fence line looking for shorts in the wires where it may be grounded.

If that is not the issue then you may have the problem we had when the weather got to dry our ground rod wasn't sufficient. Once we sunk a second one there was no more problem. But the most likely scenario is a short somewhere.
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Cat, a bucket of water dumped on the ground rod in dry weather does wonders
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BTW : Never do a # 1 on electric fence. You might lose your joule(s) and not the one(s) in charger !

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Ok, I was wondering if it was ok to have only one wire in our fence instead of two.
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Definitely check your ground rods. I had trouble with bad grounding this summer and it wasn't shocking horses (I also had numerous people touch the fence when it was hot and they got no shock so I investigated further and the ground was like dust, bad ground). If you are like most of the country the dirt is just too dry to create a sufficient ground. It also helps if you have more than just one ground rod, preferably 3, placed in a triangle 10' apart, connected to each other with copper wire. And as already noted, if you thoroughly soak the rods it will make things much better. whenever I would fill the water tank, about 1-2 times a week, I would let the hose run on the ground rods to soak the area, didn't have a problem after that. And you can buy a fence tester so you don't have to touch the fence yourself lol but yeah, if you don't have one, touch it and make sure you get zapped.
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