Choosing wood for your horse stall
When planning a stall, choosing wood for your barn stall is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. Since horses are large powerful animals, the wood you choose must be very strong and preferably kick-proof. Durability is important as well so you don’t have to replace the boards every few years. Finally, since you probably spend a lot of time in your barn, it’s ideal if the wood you choose is visually pleasing.
The most ideal wood for horse stalls is Southern Yellow Pine. Southern Pines grow throughout the southern United States from East Texas to Virginia. The wood is sturdy, durable, and beautiful. Most importantly, it’s easy to work with. Some high strength woods can be very difficult to drive a nail through, but Southern Yellow Pine is easy to nail, and strong enough for your equine friend.
An alternative to Southern Yellow Pine is White Oak. Oak is one of highest strength woods available and has been used to make horse stalls for years. The downside is that it’s usually expensive and somewhat difficult to work with and drive a nail through.
Whichever type of wood you choose, make sure it’s untreated. Many horses like to nibble or chew on wood. The chemicals in treated lumber are very unhealthy for your horse. The only place on a horse stall where it would be advisable to use a treated board would be the bottom perimeter boards, which have the most contact with urine or wetness.
When choosing wood for your stall – think strong! Southern Yellow Pine offers strength, durability, ease of use and affordability.