Report ponies needing planning in Agriculture / Self Sufficiency / Gardening / Pets Posted August 22, 2011 no, it was not thinking about any risks for children.... I was only wondering what regulations there are in Scotland about electric fences generally spoken. To answer your last question: normally the "shock" of an electric fence does no harm to a child. It's only dangerous for people with a pacemaker. My son (and many other children of friends who also have horses) grew up with horses and therefore also with the "risks" of an electric fence. They even did some sort of testing their courage... who dares to touch the fence and so on. If an animal gets entangled in a fence, can't get away and gets those "shocks" (which are much more uncomfortable for a sensitive animal nose than for a human being) every other second (depending on the clock rate) then this can be extremely dangerous for the animal. They panic and really bad things can happen.This is why one should never electrify an ordinary stockfence and rather invest a little bit more money in the so-called horse wire and erect a more professional fence. Perhaps like this http://www.gallagher.com.au/energizer.aspx?mktprodid=1039 Don't be too worried about the kids. They don't usually get entangled in a fence and touch it only once.