Growing up on the farm I can relate to this story. We would check to see if the fence was charged by using a long (dry) piece of grass, you could feel a pulse but not much else unless the grass was wet. I remember climbing a board fence by the drive shed to see if my brother was returning from the back pasture, what I forgot was the lead for the electric fence came out of the shed and ran along the top of the board fence. The metal zipper on my jacket hit the wire and the next thing I remember is sitting on my a$$ on the ground beside the fence. Ah memories of growing up and hopefully getting wiser.