Board Fencing Installation

The good old post & rail fence (sometimes referred to as a board fence) is still by far my personal favorite. I love design, elegance, and simplicity and the board fence has all the above. It is a piece of art that can’t be reduced to a science.

Posts are spaced every eight feet and typically three or four boards run horizontally. Under the seasoned and artistic eye of our ProFence team, it flows smoothly over hills and gently curves around property lines and is possibly the most profound way to showcase your estate. It draws your guests into your home with a country welcome.

You may decide to leave your board fence a natural wood color or paint it a bright and distinguishing white. This looks best when your property has a rustic country style. Whichever you choose, the board fence is one of the greatest assets you can use to enhance your property’s value appearance, general feel, and style.

Though the board fence requires more maintenance than a wire fence, I believe if you take pride in your property, you will find the extra effort well spent.

Wood Board Types

Oak Boards

Oak boards fall into the hardwood tree family. Horses do not eat oak as easily as pine and hemlock, and it holds up better under abuse, and has tremendous durability. The downside is that as it dries out it tends to warp a bit.

Southern Yellow Pine Boards

Southern yellow pine boards are a very popular board because it is one of the stronger boards in the pine family. And when treated with the chemical wood preservative chromated copper arsenate, it will last a long time and not warp. It will also be the most resistant to high acid content areas such as your barn or any other area with lots of manure.

Poplar Boards

Treated Poplar Boards are less prone to warp than oak and less likely to crack than pine. And they will look great for an extended period of time.

The downside is that if your horse is a cribber, you will need to put a hot wire on the fence to keep your horse from eating the boards.


Board fence is by far most popular for horses but is also used for cattle. To really make the fence useful and keep wear to a minimum, it is important to install a hot wire to keep cattle from pushing against it and to keep horses from eating it.


  • Length: 7 feet
  • Diameter:  6-7 inch diameter
  • Southern yellow pine (CCA) pressure treated
  • Spaced at 8 feet centers


  • Oak  (1”x 6” plank)
  • Treated poplar (1.25”x 6” plank)
  • Southern yellow pine pressure treated (1.25’x 6” plank)

Client Testimonials

Pro Fence has installed about 3,300 LF of three rail oak fence and about double that of electric fencing for my farm. They are professional, on time, on budget and great people to work with. I had a need for a project at Thanksgiving last year and the guys’ were able to shift some installations around and meet my timetable. If you need fencing, these are the folks to work with. Joe Vaughn

Joe V.

I am very satisfied with the fencing job ProFence completed at our new farm. Very responsive, very accommodating, and the quality of the job is top notch. I received an added bonus when the total invoice came in under the estimate! We will continue to use them for our future fencing projects.


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