How many of you guys use stall mats, compared to cleaning out a stall with no mats how much easier is it? I found some cheap mats ($20 per 4x6 mat), but the drive is a bit far. So I just wanted to make sure its worth my travel. The stall they would be going in is 9x13 (blame my father for the horrible dimensions lol). Anyways, we've been using sawdust over dirt/packed stone for about 6 years now, and its beyond horrible to clean out. I'm just wondering if it would be worth trying to level the stalls out and putting mats over it since the dirt/stone has 6 years worth of tearing up. I also plan on switching to equine fresh. My mother takes care of the other horses in the barn (since I gave her ownership of my twh) and I just brought home a gelding recently. I know from experience with helping her muck out stalls that it is very time consuming and back breaking, not to mention smelly :/. I use EF with my rabbits, and the smell comparison between EF and when I used sawdust is very noticable. The EF seems to absorb better and keeps the smell down. Not many people realize how strong rabbit urine is o.o.
So anyways, has anybody bedded over just dirt/stone then added mats afterwards? How did it work out for you? The mats are also 1/2" thick :).thanks.