When my wife and I got horses some years ago we had a bit over 5 acres with 3 pastures. I built a roomy paddock area for them but when we let them out in the fields they really started bending the fence to get to the better grass outside.
The place had had an electric fence so I redid it with electric wire and a run along the top of all the fences. With 5 strands of smooth wire below and that on top it worked well. The wire also carried the voltage well. The deer would break it but it wasn't hard to fix and keep operational.
We now have mini horses and I'd like to let them out in the pastures but I'm afraid they could get through smooth wire since they're small. I could have gotten a mesh fence but decided to redo the electric fence with the 1/2" tape to make it more visible.
I got one short run working fine. The next run is 100 yards and there is no current by the end of it. I checked all the insulated supports and they seem okay. I can hear a snapping sound in the wire in a few places. Is tape prone to breaks? I only moderately hand tightened it in place. I spent hours checking the run and there were no shorts. Checking the ground I just about knocked myself out so it seems correct but the 100 yard run dissipates the power. The weather is dry and when I used wire I had good voltage on over 1500 yards.
Am I missing something?