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post #11 of 24 Old 02-07-2012, 04:03 PM
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My wife just put mats from TSC in one of our 3 stalls. The other two are gravel over dirt and covered with shavings.

The stall size is 10x20. She put 6 inches of crusher run in, covered it with sand, packed it down and then added the mats.

This made a very nice stall and it's much easier to clean than a stall with no mats at all.

She plans on doing the other two sometime this spring.

Did I tell you what a talented wife I have? She did a very nice job, and I'm really proud of her and her work.

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I've never heard of mats folding in the corners before, although I guess if the people bought the super cheap thin stuff, that is a real possibility. The thicker stall mats that you can buy at like, TSC and other farm stores, are so heavy (literally 100lbs each). I'd think that if that type was curling up at the corners, flipping them would solve the problem by weighting down in the direction of the curl?
Yeah im thinking it was really cheap rubber that got worn out from the horses/stall cleaning or it was extremely old and starting to wear out.
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post #13 of 24 Old 02-11-2012, 10:35 PM
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My wife just put mats from TSC in one of our 3 stalls.

The stall size is 10x20. She put 6 inches of crusher run in, covered it with sand, packed it down and then added the mats.


Did I tell you what a talented wife I have? She did a very nice job, and I'm really proud of her and her work.
Firstly, does your wife have superhuman powers? Just asking, because this is an adventure I am about to undergo, and I'm don't think my husband is going to help me. I was advised to dig out about 6 inches of dirt, put in large rock, top with a couple inches of crushed limestone, and then put on the mats (which weigh about 100lb). My body aches just THINKING about this back breaking work. Did she do all this...by herself? Wow. Inspirational. I'm doing it.
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post #14 of 24 Old 02-11-2012, 10:43 PM
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Mats straight or interlocking?

Not sure if I should have posted a new post, or put this on here. Regardless, for all of you that have stall mats, do you have the straight edge or interlocking? I've read on some yahoo forums, that people had wished they had bought the interlocking, because the straight edge ones move and get bedding under the edges. I am buying mats soon, and wasn't sure if the interlocking stay interlocked, and if they lay smooth. I think it would be worse if the interlocking nubs started sticking up compared to a smooth edge. The mats are 3/4 think, so hopefully they won't roll up. Any feedback is appreciated!
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post #15 of 24 Old 02-14-2012, 12:46 PM
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Firstly, does your wife have superhuman powers? Just asking, because this is an adventure I am about to undergo, and I'm don't think my husband is going to help me. I was advised to dig out about 6 inches of dirt, put in large rock, top with a couple inches of crushed limestone, and then put on the mats (which weigh about 100lb). My body aches just THINKING about this back breaking work. Did she do all this...by herself? Wow. Inspirational. I'm doing it.
Yes she did it all by herself. She drove the old ford to the quarry, hauled three pickup loads of gravel, shoveled it out and spread it. Same with the sand.

She said the mats were the hardest, heaviest part. She chose flat not interlocking mats.

She a somewhat small woman, 5'4" and 125 pounds.....

She can do anything she sets her mind to.....

Did I mention what a talented wife I have or how proud of her I am?

Seriously, we don't always agree on things, but she's my best friend and a wonderful woman.

I guess that makes me a very lucky man.

She also drove to the saw mill, hauled a load of rough cut oak, and nailed up most of the rough cut oak siding when we put up the new 20x20 addition to our (barn/shed/stable) or what ever you call it.

Did I mention what a talented wife I have or how proud of her I am?

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

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Regarding the weight, I use 1/2" mats and 1/4" mats. For the 1/4" mats (for the trailer and they line my aisle when not in use,) I start at one short end, tightly roll, then move them holding the ends. THIS stiffens them up.
For the 1/2" or even 3/4" mats, I fold them in 1/2 and drag them. I let the guys at the farm supply store load them in my truck for me, and I put all my mats down in steps, principally bc I couldn't afford to buy all at once.
Do some online shopping to see about 1/4" mats they are 2' wide. I haven't shopped for these in awhile but I bought four 2 x 6 mats in the late 1980's and I STILL use them in my slant-load trailer. THESE could go along the wall to help cover the gaps in your 13' wide stall. Hope this helps you. You will LLOOOOOOVVVVEEEEE your mats. Mine are ALL straight edge. I prefer this bc I can relocate them whenever I need to to wherever I want.
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Ok, thanks. Im hoping to get some soon, he actually keeps the stall pretty clean.
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Floors in our barn are all concrete, so we don't need matts for those reasons. But we have matts for fatigue relief, since the floors are concrete. This way I don't have to use tons of bedding ;)
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I put mats in all 5 stalls and aisles after years in the old barn of dirt or dirt with 1 mat in the middle. What a pleasure! They really make your life easier and happier. Only drawback - they hold the urine in 1 place to puddle, so sometimes I rake the bedding over the puddle to pick it up. I use about 1 bale of shavings per day or less for 5 horses.
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post #20 of 24 Old 02-14-2012, 04:32 PM
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I have mats in all my stalls; they really do make life so much easier. Just a tip....when moving them, use pliers.
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