So the stalls should be at least 99% finished today according to the contractor. They leveled the ground, installed the posts, put up the dividing walls and today are working on the doors and fronts. Since the stalls are only 10’ x 10.6’ I wanted them to seem as open as possible so the dividing walls are boards spaced 1.5” for air ventilation and viewing of the pony next to them, the stall fronts are going to have large mesh windows in the upper half and the doors are double dutch doors with a mesh window in the top door as well if I need to close them completely.
The floor of the stalls right now is dirt with old broken down manure (it looks like really fine dirt at this point) and sand underneath. It should pack down very nicely and drain well, it would only be urine in the stalls – that area stays bone dry under the run in roof.
I wanted to put in rubber mats of course, but realistically it won’t be financially possible right now. I was looking into alternatives because I’ve done the dirt floor things before and while it can be done again – my gelding paws in his stall so he would make holes and I am trying to avoid that. I spoke with a friend of mine and she said in a barn she knew they used canvas tarps as a “mat” in the stalls and it worked well. I did find another person that has canvas in the stalls and aisle of her barn and she loves it. They said it drains well and is easy to clean.
Any thoughts or opinions on it? They are more cost effective (I can do one stall for $35 in a 10 oz. Tarp) and can be replaced fairly easy if needed. Picture below is the stall wall and footing: