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Treated Lumber Okay for a Stall??

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  • Treated Lumber Okay for a Stall??

    We are putting in a third stall to our small barn for a horse (Chester) who is arriving tomorrow. The guys came out today and measured. They went to the lumber yard to buy materials, and could not get a post that was un-treated. So they went ahead and bought a treated corner post.

    Construction begins tomorrow morning (Wednesday). Is this treated post okay? If not, is there something I can do to cover it so it will be okay?

  • #2
    Our stalls are lumber treated boards with the exception of the top two, then that is untreated pine. The husband figured that if the horses chew or lick the top boards, which they do while I am getting their grain out, they wouldn't get sick or colic or anything that he thought may happen. Our barn has been up for 5 years now and it is doing great.

    congrats on the new horse!!


    • #3
      It'll be fine.
      ... _. ._ .._. .._


      • #4
        corner posts? I have seldom (rather never) seen horses chew on posts.

        (third horse eh?)


        • #5
          Treated posts are required, anything in ground contact. All of our posts and the bottom two boards are routinely treated. Agree with most of the posts, but we limit our treated material as much as possible due to cost.

          The issue is what they're treated with. One of the treatments is an arsenic salt, which horses find "salty" and tend to chew on. In general, limit the treated contact directly with the horse as much as possible, use metal covers/corners where possible, and limit the potential for any chewable surfaces (treated or not).


          • #6
            All my corner posts are treated as well as the bottom two boards on every stall and outside walls. Anything in contact with the ground should be treated. I have had a horse try chewing a corner post but it was a bit too awkward for her.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by secretariat View Post

              The issue is what they're treated with. One of the treatments is an arsenic salt, which horses find "salty" and tend to chew on.
              I have had the exact opposite experience with my horses.

              The fencing in their paddocks is no climb with a pressure treated board along the top. You can see where they have thought about chewing on it but give up quickly. In their stalls you can see where they chew up the top boards (non-treated pine) but the exposed posts (treated) only have spots where they thought about chewing, tried it, and left it.


              • Original Poster

                Thanks everyone! We did get treated posts. They are trying to set them in concrete, but every time they dig a hole (in the barn), it fills up with water. So ... the project looks great so far, but it is far from complete. <sigh>

                Perhaps we should shift gears and start building an ark instead ...


                • #9
                  We are using treated as a matter of cost. I would have preferred not to but the treated posts were $2.50 and the untreated were $6. It was a $350 difference and seeing this is still poverty season around here, it was a choice we had to make.
                  I Loff My Quarter Horse & I love Fenway Bartholomule cliques

                  Just somebody with a positive outlook on life...go ahead...hate me for that.


                  • #10
                    Treated lumber is cheaper than non-treated lumber where you are? For not treated you are not talking pine, are you?


                    • #11
                      It defies logic trubandloki, I kid you not. For whatever reason untreated wood is a pain in @#$! to find around here, even rough cut, and when you do they want a fortune for it unless you need the whole forest. We scarf up old barn boards whenever we can because it is so hard to find. If we go out of our way about 50-75 miles we can find MUCH better pricing but then there is a delivery charge that wipes it out.
                      I Loff My Quarter Horse & I love Fenway Bartholomule cliques

                      Just somebody with a positive outlook on life...go ahead...hate me for that.


                      • #12
                        It does defy logic. Wow!

                        Well, I guess if you want to build a deck it is better for you.


                        • #13
                          Thanks everyone! We did get treated posts. They are trying to set them in concrete, but every time they dig a hole (in the barn), it fills up with water
                          Ahh...use Quik-crete then! It's a fast setting concrete that you don't pre-mix. Normal directions are to pour the bag into the hole, then add water and let it sit to set. Since the holes already have water...half the work's done for you!
                          You jump in the saddle,
                          Hold onto the bridle!
                          Jump in the line!


                          • #14
                            When we set the posts in my barn, every single hole was filled with water. We just put the post in and dumped the bag of concrete in and let it set itself. I did take a long piece of mood and kind of stab it around to mix things a little, but that was it. Post were set up the next day.


                            • #15
                              did you say you're getting 4x4 treated posts for $2.50???? geez! I paid 5.95 last night at lowes. and $6 for a 5/4" x 6" x 10'. All treated.
                              "are you yawning? You don't ride well enough to yawn...I can yawn, because I ride better than you, Meredith Michael Beerbaum can yawn, you, not so much..." George Morris in Camden, SC