10-12 : HorseGuard Bi-Polar fence : to protect your horse from hazardous fences


There is a variety of fencing material available on the market. Materials such as wire and mesh less than 1 1/2” wide are very difficult for the horse to see.

This makes them less reliable as a visual barrier. As a physical barrier many of the options can be quite dangerous to the horse.
Some fencing offers the horse the opportunity to develop bad habits such as chewing or wind sucking.


This sharp point on barbed wire is intended to penetrate the skin and discourage an animal from contact with the fence. This point also:
The pain is stronger and more effective at discouraging the horse. But the consequences are not the same!

At your place,

is it like this?
Or like that?
When a horse respects his fence, he won’t touch it.




With the electrified HorseGuard fence tape,
the horse has only a memory of pain and a lifelong respect
of the enclosure’s limits.

Squint your eyes and look at the picture below to get an idea of a horse’s visual perception.

This barbed wire fence has been made far safer by the addition of two strands of HorseGuard 1.5 inch tape, increasing visibility and thus keeping the horses away from the fence.


Barbed Wire




Just one strand of tape and extenders… to keep their distance.

Many people remove old fencing and simply use existing posts to attach 2 or 3 strands of HorseGuard tape.

There are fence situations where it would be more appropriate to provide a safe margin for the horse along the fence by installing the tape a small distance away from the existing fence.

The HorseGuard Extender extends the tape 1 ft (0.30m) from the post to keep horses away from your fence, whether the need is to protect from dangerous barbed wire or galvanized electric wires, or if you’re trying to keep your horses away from any wooden fence, vinyl fence, a tree, corner, gate post, or from any fence situation that might scare you! See our Extender page 22.





This form of mesh is commonly used with smaller animals. However, there is a strong risk that horses will get a limb tangled in the mesh, and be unable to withdraw it while in a frightened state.


are popular with horses for chewing, cribbing, wind sucking, and other vices. If a rail comes loose, a nail may stick out and cut the horse. If a rail breaks, it can be lethal to horses. Some have been killed by spearing themselves through their chests with a piece of wood rail.




It’s possible to protect such fences
by running a strand of tape along the top rail.



Vinyl fences

look nice when new and are safe. However, horses do use it to rub against them. An adult horse can exert about 500 pounds of lateral pressure and this quickly plays havoc with plastic fencing. Ideally vinyl should be protected with one or two strands of electric tape.

Electric String:

Electric string offers limited physical protection as it is easily breakable, limiting its effectiveness. Electric string can easily short-circuit, because with only three threads of wires the charge is distributed unevenly over its length. The string is too small for a horse to see. The string does not give a sufficient shock to warn the horse.




In Sweden we know of more than six cases where horses have been permanently injured.
The Dutch National Stud Farm installed it to enclose her stallions. The result is in the picture…