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Fieldguard electric fencing for horses


Fieldguard electric fencing tape is the original tape, developed by Fieldguard with our French partners – both being horse breeders – in 1984.

By its nature, electric fence tape has high electrical resistance and requires large power units. To mitigate this Fieldguard 40mm electric tape is made with 10 x 0.4mm stainless steel filaments, which is perfect when used with our Speedrite electric fence energisers.

Animals touch the edge, so the filaments of the 40mm tape (excluding white) are bunched along each leading edge, and this has a second advantage for if a filament breaks there is no loss of power transmission.

Creatures of flight, particularly horses, have difficulty seeing fencing less than 40mm wide. Therefore we do not sell wire, string, rope, netting or thin tapes.

To create safe horse fencing you require: a wide tape band that can be either fixed to wood uprights for a permanent, safe fence or onto glass fibre stakes to construct moveable safe field fencing. It is the minimum width that can be seen by a spooked, bolting horse. Easy to self-erect and highly cost-effective, being roughly one-quarter of the price of good quality wooden post and rail fencing. It is Ideal for livery yards, stallion fencing and stud farm fencing; the perfect field and paddock fencing.

Fieldguard electric fencing for horses can fulfill every containment need. For instance, it can be used to temporarily fence an area, to render a barbed wire fence safe, keep a stallion in (or out) or as a complete, stand-alone field fencing installation. It provides for fantastic stallion fencing.

Fieldguard also stocks a full range of accessories to complete your installation including electric fence gates, tape tensioners, and electric fence insulators.

Hints on Electric fence Installation

Fieldguard electric Fencing

Hints on Installation

Insulated sprung gate handle – R11

A few basic rules

A few basic rules need to be followed when installing and using the Fieldguard system.

Installing Fieldguard electric tape

Installing electric fence tape

The 40mm tape requires a support every 5m; 20mm tape requires a support every 7m. As tape is light it requires the thinnest line stakes possible.


Fixing insulators

When secured to wood posts, it is recommended that the insulators (R8) are screwed (R8X) on using a Philips screwdriver or, much the best, a cordless screwdriver.


Insulators on glass fibre fence stakes

When putting the insulators (R8) onto the glass fibre stakes (R7), always use a heavy club mallet. It is also wise to wear protective glasses.

R13 Extended Insulator

Fixing extended insulators

The R13 insulators are hammered into the side of existing wood stakes and can be quickly removed with a claw hammer.

Insulated sprung electric fence gate handle – R11

Gate handles

When attaching tape to the gate handle, first feed tape through the flat rings and then feed it back through the middle of the two rings.



The tensioners (R36V) and corner insulators (R45V) have large flanges at the top and bottom. These should be ignored as they are moulded for North American use.

Making a T-Junction

To make a T-junction in a wide tape run loosen the run and take one insulator away from the fence at the required point, substitute a tensioner (R36V) with the T-junction wire (R36T) already in place in the tensioner.



The R36V tensioner is used for all normal corner applications, including R13 extended insulator runs.

teflon insulated multi-core cable

Connecting power

Never apply power directly to a tape as it will burn through the filaments in time. A power connector (R59C) should be used to connect power between tapes.

40mm Electric Fence Tape joining buckle – R24


To join tape with a buckle, follow the same procedure on each side of the buckle.

Live Electric Fence Warning sign – R27

Avoiding theft

Battery energisers in fields are a ready target for thieves. It is advisable to hide them under old upturned dark-coloured buckets.

R59C connector with R11 Gate Handle and R8 Insulator

Preventing rust

The high voltage combines with the nylon in the tape to produce a mild form of chlorine gas that attacks and oxidises all metals.