Why the fuss over stall flooring? How comfortable are you sleeping in your bathroom?

Horse stall floor

Horse stall flooring can make a world of difference in health and happiness of your equine companion.

Sure, you can get by with topsoil, clay, sand, concrete or even asphalt as the flooring surface for your horse stalls. But don’t you think your equine companion deserves better? You want your horses in the right state of mind and physical condition when you ask them to carry you down the trail, in a competition or even in a parade. Making them comfortable (and healthy) in the barn can make a world of difference, and it starts with good flooring – in their stalls and even aisles and wash bays.

An ideal horse stall floor should be durable, easy on the horses’ feet and legs, dry, odor resistant, skid resistant, low maintenance and easy to clean.

When you consider that a 1,000 pound horse produces more than 30 pounds of feces and almost 2 ½ gallons of urine each day, “dry and clean” can be tricky to maintain. That’s where proper drainage and floor surfacing can play a big role. Water resistant or waterproof floors must be sloped to allow for drainage, and bedding is often used to soak up the rest of the urine. Porous floors allow the urine to seep away through a sand, gravel or crushed stone foundation.

Rubber or plastic grid mats, while expensive, provide all of the necessary requirements when used in conjunction with a compacted subfloor and topped with another material such as soil. This combination allows for drainage, prevents damage and wear from pawing and will not retain bacteria-laden odors that can cause respiratory problems in horses.

Impervious stall flooring

temporary interlocking rubber horse stall mat

Interlocking edges help keep stall mats in place – even during temporary installations.

If you don’t have the funds to create this complex, but highly effective, stall flooring system, rubber stall mats may just be your answer. Solid rubber mats are extremely durable and can reduce or even eliminate the need for bedding to provide cushion. They also provide solid footing, a long life span, low maintenance and easy cleaning. Installed over an even, compact surface, rubber horse stall mats should be textured on top for grip and grooved on the bottom to prevent moisture from becoming trapped. They can have straight or interlocking edges, but keep in mind that straight-edged mats may be difficult to keep in place and may need to be anchored to the floor. Rubber stall mats are easy to clean, but take care not to damage the surface if using a pitch fork.

Other solid surfaces, such as concrete or asphalt are durable, low maintenance, easy to clean and disinfect and will not retain odors. However, they are hard on the horses legs, can retain moisture and may discourage laying down, therefore, increasing the need for bedding or rubber matting. Improper installation can cause cracking, chipping and sanitation problems due to urine getting trapped in surface irregularities. They do add a unique benefit in that, in good condition, they are rodent proof.

Porous stall flooring

Porous flooring materials such as topsoil, clay and sand are easy on the legs and are non slip, but lack durability and can be hard to clean, disinfect and maintain. Each of these flooring solutions need to be replaced frequently, offsetting the initial benefit of low pricing. While topsoil and sand can absorb wetness, clay is questionable in that category. Although topsoil and clay do absorb moisture, they can also retain it too long and may freeze hard during the winter. Sand and clay both serve as noise buffers but vary greatly on their effects on horse feet. Clay keeps hooves moist while sand has a drying effect.

Two other common flooring options for horse stalls are wood and a road base mix. Wood is easy on the legs and warm to lie upon. Rough wood has good traction but can become slippery when wet. It also has a high initial expense, can be prone to insect and rodent damage and must be checked often for signs of wear. Wood absorbs odors and bacteria and is difficult to clean due to its porosity.

Road base mixes vary greatly in size of particles, but are generally made primarily of limestone or granite – the smaller the rocks the better. It is easily leveled and compacted and provides good drainage, but can become hard and unforgiving much like concrete.

Aisle flooring

rubber brick paver for horse barn aisles

Rubber brick pavers make are a stylish solution for alleyways at equine facilities.

Your horses’ comfort and safety doesn’t stop at the stall. It extends to the barn alleys and wash areas and, depending on the layout of your barn, may even include the feed and tack rooms. Much like the stalls, aisles should be durable, dry, skidproof and easy to clean. Wide aisles used for exercising horses should have a sandy footing much like that of a riding arena. Smaller aisles, where horses are simply walked to and from their stalls should be treated much like the stalls themselves. The exception is, alleyway floors should always redirect water instead of absorbing. Sloping is critical and drains are recommended along the sides. Once again, grid mats are a top choice if you can afford it. Another strong option for aisles are rubber paving bricks, which provide excellent shock absorption and make it easy to control dust and bacteria at a much lower cost than traditional bricks which can retain bacteria. While the aesthetic value of bricks is hard to beat, soil upheaval and/or poor installation of any brick surface can result in a uneven surface and tripping hazards. Solid rubber or rolled rubber mats eliminate the concern over uneven surfaces, assuming they are installed over a properly leveled and compacted surface. All other forms of flooring leave holes in one or more of the essential components of a proper horse barn aisle.

Wash bay flooring

buttontopWhen considering flooring for your equine wash bays, make sure the floor does not get slippery when wet and is impervious to water. Drains and grates are essential. The best wash bay flooring materials are rough concrete, textured rubber mats over concrete, and sealed, large aggregate asphalt. Again, the floor should be sloped toward a drain that is away from where the horse will be standing as drain covers may cause a safety concern.

When it comes to horse stall flooring, you get what you pay for. A little extra investment in time and materials up front can make for a happy and healthy relationship for years to come between you and your horse.

Foaling Mats

If you’re like most horse lovers, you’ve invested a lot of time, money, and care into your horses.  Breeding horses is an expensive and time-consuming endeavor.  When it comes to protecting your investment, you need the best animal flooring you can get.
Foaling kits from Greatmats for foaling stalls are available in various sizes including custom to suit your application.  Made in the USA, these kits are the best money can buy.  These foaling kits are the highest quality in the industry and provide maximum longevity, comfort, and value.  These equine mats come with a 10-year warranty and are made from 100% recycled rubber.  This is great for the environment because it reduces the number of rubber tires from landfills.   These mats are a full 3/4” thick.  This provides durability along with superior cushioning for your animals.
Our industrial grade foaling mats are uniquely designed featuring a waffle pattern bottom that provides an anti fatigue cushion surface for new foals.  These mats will also support the weight of fully grown Foaling mats also act a natural insulator against cold and damp providing more comfort for your animals.

mature horses.  Diamond top surface pattern provides excellent traction for horses and people alike.  This reduces the risk of injuries to your animals as well as to you.  

Easy to install and maintain, these interlocking foaling mats require no adhesives.  The interlocking edges are precise and will allow you to piece as many mats together as you need.  Because the mats are waterjet cut instead of stamped or die-cut, they come together virtually seamlessly.  This, along with beveled edges, reduces any tripping hazards over mat edges.  These mats can also be custom manufactured to your specific sized area.
Pre-designed foaling stall kits are made to fit most common horse stalls.  Unlike rubber crumbs or other types of foaling surfaces, these mats can be easily cleaned with a broom and a hose.  Because the seams are so tight, you can pick up one or several mats at the same time.  This also makes cleaning easier. 
Our foaling horse stall mat kits are made of recycled rubber content.
Call Greatmats at 877-822-6622.

Horse Stall Mats

Is it a daily challenge to keep your horses and stables clean?  It might be time to consider horse stall mats.  Mats are great for keeping stalls and flooring neat and clean, even when it’s raining and sloppy outside.  Unlike dirt and other natural bedding, mats can be quickly hosed off and will dry quickly.  Mats also prevent horses from digging up the dirt and making a mess while still providing a softer standing surface than concrete. 

Our mats for horses are the best mats available on the market today and we provide them at competitive prices.  American made, these tight fitting, interlocking rubber tiles, are precision cut with a water jet.  This ensures a perfect installation every time no matter how unorthodox your facility may be.  The interlocking edges keep your floor from sliding around and making an unsafe environment for your horses.  Also, unlike less expensive “floating” mats, the interlocking design keeps dirt from getting underneath the edges.  Once dirt gets under the edges of cheaper mats, the edges begin to curl up creating a tripping hazard and an ongoing cleaning project that most people would just as soon avoid.

Our horse stall mat kits are made of the best recycled rubber on the market and come with a 10 year warranty against manufacturing defects.  They are designed to last for 20 years under normal equine use.  They are great for a number of applications including horse stalls, wash areas, aisleways, foaling stalls, semen collecting stalls, trailer floors, and grooming areas.  All horse mats come with a flat bottom and diamond-top surface that provides comfort and stability for you and your animals.  They are remarkably easy to install and require no adhesive.

Horse stall kits come in three different sizes: 10×10, 10×12, and 12×12.  Each mat is 4×6 and weighs 100 lbs.

Contact Greatmats at http://www.greatmats.com – 877-822-6622.