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    03-13-2010, 11:05 AM
  #1
Foal
How do I test to see if my fence is electric?

I know what you're probably thinking. Well, if it's your fence you should know if it's electric or not. Wrong.
My mom's now ex boyfriend made the fence electric. I have never used it except for two days ago. I plugged it in and touched the top wire. It hurt. Haha, obviously. I was told it would be a little shock, but it wasn't so little. Anyway, I just wanted to test it out before I used it on my horse. So, I unplugged it and went inside. I was noticing some posts bending outward from my horse leaning on the wire, pushing the posts. So, I would like to plug the fence in but I want to know if the bottom wire is electric ( I don't want my 70 lb dog getting shocked, or my 75 lb goat getting shocked ). If I plug it in again, how do I test if the bottom is electric, other then touching it again?

P.s. I thought I could put a piece of hay on it and see it vibrate but I tried that right before I touched the top wire and the hay didn't move, and I got shocked. :/ Oh, and I offered my brother to touch it but he doesn't want to. Haha, so, how else to I figure out if it's electric, other then touching it again?
     
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    03-13-2010, 11:09 AM
  #2
Green Broke
Well, go and get your REALLY good friend...... and then say: aww we gotta crawl through the fence to see the hroses..... haha naw, that would be mean, I don't really know how else to test it but... maybe be careful all of a sudden making it electric without your horses knowing, tht might spook 'em
:)
     
    03-13-2010, 11:30 AM
  #3
Weanling
Get an electric fence indicator.. Fence Alert Low Voltage Indicator - 3600354 | Tractor Supply Company
     
    03-13-2010, 08:16 PM
  #4
Yearling
Aww. My mom just makes me touch it. We hook it up every spring and turn it on for about 5 minutes before she makes me touch it. Usually if I refuse she just does it. So yeah, we touch it. Its not that electric so it don't hurt.
     
    03-13-2010, 08:43 PM
  #5
Green Broke
Take the back of your hand and bump it up against the wire. Using the back of your hand vs the inside of your hand as the pulse can make you close your hand which would not be all that fun. A single pulse is not going to hurt you.
     
    03-13-2010, 08:51 PM
  #6
Pro
Weanling
Get a long green piece of grass and touch it on the fence. You will get a mild shock - sometimes you can't even hardly feel it. That's what we always do.
     
    03-13-2010, 09:14 PM
  #7
Showing
Lol I have to touch it....but once my mom's friend was making my younger sister and I keep her autistic son occupied while she and my mom talked....so we went in the pasture to see the horses while they were eating in their stalls. My sister, being 9 and volatile, told the 14-yr old autistic kid to touch the electric fence wire because it was "really fun." Before I could tell him not to, he walked up and touched the wire. A shocked expression crossed his face.....I'm pretty sure the fence was working xD
     
    03-13-2010, 09:28 PM
  #8
Foal
If you happen to have metal posts you can take a screwdriver with a plastic handle, hold it against the post and get it near the wire. The farther the spark jumps the hotter it is.
     
    03-13-2010, 11:34 PM
  #9
Yearling
Can you trace the wire to see if it runs to the fencer?
     
    03-14-2010, 12:34 AM
  #10
Started
^^^ that, for sure! Getting shocked is not fun!
     

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