We use all electric at our current facility. It's 2" tape with 3 strands of aluminum covered wire below it. It works very well. The horses respect it and it doesn't look bad either. It's very affordable to run. If you find the electric bill high, you can buy solar powered chargers. They can be pricey to buy, but you don't have to worry about power outages or a higher electric bill. We're moving to a new location and will have solar chargers for our fencing. They have an internal battery that stores 2 weeks worth of juice should we go through a cloudy period. You can buy spare batteries to keep charged should you have more days of clouds than that, but I have never had that problem when I used solar charges in the past.
We have had very good luck using it at our current facility. We keep the ground under the fence sprayed with weed killer. As long as you keep the fence line clear, you use good insulators, and your corner posts are solid with good corner insulators, then electric fences are easy to maintain are very secure. Electric fences in wooded areas, areas with dense or fast growing vegitation, or on larger properties can be a real pain in the rear and hard to deal with. But electric on small to medium sized horse properties in good pasture areas are relatively easy to maintain.
You will want to inspect the tape to check for cracking or splitting. Ask the property owners how long it has been up and which brand it is. Most will have a UV rating for 2 to 5 years. After that, the tape will start to break down and may need to be replaced. Some products last longer. You will need to research it to see.
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