Hi, I am new to the forum and I'm excited to see a lot of the titles of threads already posted. I am sure I'll be reading many for information!
Here is my question. We live in Southwest Florida and have just built a barn for our horses. Flooring in the stalls is concrete with rubber mats. Barn and property are still a work in progress. One problem we did not anticipate is that one of the horses likes to stay in his stall during much of the day, and the other two stand right behind his stall to "hang out" with him. The accumulation of manure and urine there is hard to manage by itself, but add the torrential rains we have been having and it's created a quicksand-like muck. We have a front end loader coming tomorrow to haul all the messy stuff out of that area and then plan to use marl (because it's a hard-packing type of material that works well as a foundation) to create a sort of "ramp" for them to walk out of each of their stalls. However, we'd like to put something over the "ramps" we build, plus we would like to put some material down all the way across the back of the barn that will make it safer for the horses, easier to clean, etc. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions? We were thinking about millings on the ramps but were not sure if perhaps very small gravel (something like pea rock or river rock) might be good to use across the back of the barn between the stall ramps. Thanks for any ideas you may have.