Originally Posted by Taffy Clayton
I wouldn't put mats over concrete, just to hard on their legs.
I'd love to see your logic behind that one!
I agree with foxhunter I've only ever seen one stable without a concrete floor and it was a stinking sodden muddy mess that was rutted, had a hollow in the middle and created all sorts of back isues for the horses expected to stand in it.
Concidering EVERY vet hospital in the UK beds on concrete normaly with rubber on top I'd say it was the better option.
I personaly have sloping (only by 1 inch) concete floors with rubber matting cut to fit them exactly and a shallow bed of hemp on top (I don't like sprinklings). I lift my matting every 3 to 4 years, never ever have a smell from them and normaly it is still clean under the matting so it goes straigh back down.
I'm fairly sire I did read a study once done at Leahurst vet hosp about the effect of various floorings on horses legs. Rubber mats came out quite well.
Then again they did use horse matting not cheap crap cow matting.