I have seen both dirt and concrete around here. I've never actually seen someone not use rubber mats so I don't know how much of a difference that makes.
I think that if I built a barn I'd probably use concrete. The dirt floors tended to stink more and be harder to take care of.
No offense - but I guess it boils down to how much upkeep one is willing to do. |
It's not healthy for a horse to spend extended periods of time standing on concrete - much less laying on it. No matter how deep the bedding, a horse can get down to bare nothing and mark up a leg while they are laying down. Concrete has tiny pores which retain odor.
We do everything as needed - add fill, shift mats, use lime, add shavings, etc. It's not hard - it's for the horses.
Okay, there's no need to imply that those who use concrete floors care about their horses less or are not as willing to work hard for them. At all. That was rude.
Also, I've never seen more or less soundness issues with either floor. And this is with both deep and shallow bedding systems.
Depending on how hard dirt is packed, I imagine it can be almost or as hard as concrete.