White Oak Tree :
The White Oak tree, is one of the pre-eminent hardwoods of eastern North America. It is valued for its density, strength, resiliency and relatively low chance of splintering if broken by an impact, relative to the substantially cheaper red oak. White oaks have been known to live up to eight hundred years and it is not unusual for a white oak tree to be as wide as it is tall.

The White Oak tree is fairly tolerant of a variety of habitats and it is native to eastern North America, from southern Quebec west to eastern Minnesota, and south to northern Florida and eastern Texas. It may be found on ridges, in valleys, and in between, and in dry and moist habitats, and in moderately acid and alkaline soils. This mainly lowland tree, sometimes reaches altitudes over 5,000 ft (the Appalachian Mountains).

Woodworkers should beware that ferrous metal hardware reacts with oak, causing corrosion and staining the wood. Brass or stainless steel fittings should be used instead.

Wood Fences

Wood fences are used in all pressure situations, but are most commonly used in high-pressure locations such as corrals. Wooden board fences are excellent for show and sale rings and make good stallion paddocks.  Advantages of white oak board fencing for horses include high visibility, good aesthetics, and good strength.


• White Oak board fencing for horses. 

• Built with custom sawn lumber.

• A full 1”x 6”x 16 ft. when dry.

• Used on 6” x 8 ft. cedar posts (or pressure treated pine posts)

• Spaced 8 ft. apart

• We pre-drill the oak boards

• We hand nail with galv. 3 ½” Ardox nails.

Ardox Nails
- Spiral shank nails have up to twice the holding power of the same sized smooth shank nails. Sold under the Ardox name, these nails are often chosen for fencing applications such as joining wooden rails to posts. Ardox nails have a smaller diameter shank than the same size smooth shank nail, are made of a higher grade steel and their per-nail-cost can be lower.


With quality materials and construction, wood fences are very effective for horses. Sometimes chewing of the rails, especially the top rail, is a problem for both fence life and horse health. An electric wire spaced away from the rail can reduce chewing.

If properly constructed all-wood fences can have low annual maintenance costs. However, depending on climatic conditions, rotting will occur at ground contact locations and on unpeeled rails limiting fence life.

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