Frequently Asked Questions for Centaur HTP®
How is Centaur HTP®
Centaur proprietary fencing is flexible high tensile polymer material that
is a blend of impact modifiers, UV stabilizers, and anti-fungicides.
Formulated for strength, durability and appearance under any temperature and
climatic conditions, HTP fencing material is color-fast, stain resistant,
and mildew resistant. Centaur HTP withstands temperature conditions from
-40°F to 200° F without becoming brittle or experiencing any kind of polymer
breakdown. Centaur HTP is mechnically bonded to steel wire or wires.
Mechanical bonding means that the wire and polymer are joined during
manufacture. As the polymer is cooled, it shrinks tightly around the wires.
This creates a natural link between the wire and polymer, while allowing
each to expand and contract in temperature changes without pulling and
degrading the polymer.
What are the recommended
heights for your fence?
We recommend 55" - 56" as the standard post height on level terrain for
How much space should I allow
between fence posts?
It depends on the lay of the land and the breed of horse you plan to
contain. For level to gentle terrain 12' spacing can be utilized. As the
terrain is more severe or curving you should consider closer spacing of 10'
or 8'. Keep in mind with closer spacing you will increase the strength of
What kind of post do I use?
We recommend CCA-treated Southern Yellow Pine. These posts are strong and will add to the
safety of the fence. A usual installation might include six 7" x 8' corner and end
posts and four 5" x 8' line and brace posts.
Can I install the fence myself?
Yes, we send a detailed installation manual with every shipment, and provide technical
assistance over the telephone. Following the installation manual will ensure warranty
certification upon completion.
Do you have installers in my area?
We do not have a nationwide network of installers, nor do we have the resources to keep
track of their services. We recommend checking the yellow pages for local contractors.
What does my warranty cover?
All manufacturer's defects. This includes cracking, peeling, chipping, and discoloration
due to adverse weather. Abuse to the fence is not covered. We recommend the use of metal
brackets and/or electric in high traffic areas.
Should I mount the rail inside or outside
of the fence?
It's your choice, as the 3.5" ring shank nails hold the rail tight provided you
correctly follow installation instructions and bracing. But before you choose, consider
this: placing the rail on the inside of the fence denies horses access to the fence posts,
is the strongest method of installation, and is recommended to provide optimal
performance. However, rails on the outside of the fence often look better.
Is it safe for foals?
Absolutely. We recommend you install posts at 8' intervals to allow less gap when rails
Will my horse chew the rail?
Most horses do not like to chew on polymer fencing, as it's not palatable to them. If
horses abuse the railing we recommend electric or a crib strap.
How many tension assembly kits do I need?
A termination assembly is needed to tighten each rail, but only one is needed per 1320' of
rail. The fencing can be continuous around corners and up and down hills. Areas less that
100' can be constructed with end post fasteners.
Which rails/ wires are conductive?
Hot-Rail® and White Lightning® are both conductive.
What is the recommended
number of Rails or Coated Single Wires to be installed?
For our Centaur HTP or Hot Rail you can choose 3 or 4 rails. For Coated
Single Wires, PolyPlus or White Lightning, we recommend a minimum of 5
strands, or you can choose a combination of both.
Which rails are spliceable?
All are with wire links or crimp fittings. Be sure to order the correct ones based on
gauge of wire to splice.