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  • What is difference between gravel/dirt and concrete for horse barn
  • Horse standing all day on gravel

 
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    04-08-2010, 10:40 AM
  #11
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Like foreignmusic said, the problem with concrete with nothing over it but straw is the horses legs will become sore.
Think about how you feel after you stand on something hard all day.
That is why cashiers at Walmat have those rubber mats to stand on, so their legs do not get fatigued.

The other problem with concrete is that it would take LOTS of straw to make it such that the horse would not go thru it when laying down and standing up. This will cause sores and maybe an injury when they slip on the wet concrete.

Concrete is also impervious. Which is fine if you have bedding that absorbs all the urine (saw dust, shavings, etc). But straw does not absorb that well.
     
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    04-22-2010, 12:56 AM
  #12
Foal
Who hoo I ordered wy rubber mats for all 3 stahls
     
    04-25-2010, 09:11 AM
  #13
Weanling
In bulding my own barn I've had to go through this whole process for the foundation and barn flooring. After looking at everything from stall matresses to bare dirt I eventually Iwarnt with French drains installed under the stalls leading away from the barn, with the customary fill of gravel, but then topped it with porous asphalt topped with rubber mats. The porous asphalt allows air and liquids through. Then covered by rubber mats with 1/4 - 1 inch spaces between them. Thus allowing water and urine to soak through instead of pooling drying faster and having to use less bedding. Plus it allows me to hose out the stall, and it drains and drys super quick!
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    04-29-2010, 04:19 PM
  #14
Weanling
When I built my barn 10 years ago I did compacted gravel with rubber mats over top......but didn't like them plus I had to use too much bedding to keep the horses from getting hock sores........so I switched over to soft stalls and have never looked back.

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    04-29-2010, 04:41 PM
  #15
Foal
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Originally Posted by BigGirlsRideWarmbloods    
In bulding my own barn I've had to go through this whole process for the foundation and barn flooring. After looking at everything from stall matresses to bare dirt I eventually Iwarnt with French drains installed under the stalls leading away from the barn, with the customary fill of gravel, but then topped it with porous asphalt topped with rubber mats. The porous asphalt allows air and liquids through. Then covered by rubber mats with 1/4 - 1 inch spaces between them. Thus allowing water and urine to soak through instead of pooling drying faster and having to use less bedding. Plus it allows me to hose out the stall, and it drains and drys super quick!
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I agree, BigGirls! This, in my opinion, is the best solution. Easy to thoroughly clean and no pooling for horses to stand/lie in. I hope to do this in my barn when we are able to redo the stalls (right now one is dirt and one is pea gravel over dirt: gravel was there when we bought the barn, also for the center aisle--yuck).
     

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