The problem with our barn is that most of the floor is gravel. There's cement in about half of it, but where the stalls are, it's gravel. I don't know if this is the cause, but the fact is that the stalls get very dirty very fast. Everyone I've talked to says they only pick out the dirty parts throughout the week, then do a complete gutting and cleaning only once a week. For me, that's pretty much impossible. If I left it all week, I would be 6 hours on one stall. So therefore, I have to do a complete cleaning once every 2 or 3 days, and sometimes daily.
I was wondering if I got those rubber stall mats, would it help keep the stalls a little bit tidier and cleaner? I don't know if the gravel like, absorbs the poop and makes it bad, or what (I know it absorbs the urine, and it's a bit gross), but it's not the most enjoyable thing. And yes, the gravel is very hard packed. It's not even the work that I have to do that bothers me, 'cause if I don't muck stalls no one else will, and I want to keep the barn clean-it's just that I've gone through a LOT of straw in the past month, and I'd like to cut back on my usage.
The only thing is, every barn I've seen with those rubber mats has had cement beneath them. Is that a necessity? As long as I kept the stall clean, and scrubbed the mats off every once in a while, would it be alright? What do you guys think?