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post #11 of 15 Old 12-16-2012, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for this suggestion as I hadn't thought about his weight on the floor, other than if it got wet it would puncture. But you are right, I should reinforce the flooring just to be sure it can handle his weight. I am sure these sheds are built with the idea of housing something like a riding mower, but I don't know how much they weigh nor have I ever seen my John Deere stomp and kick with it's tires I like the idea of building up rather than going in underneath, not only would it be easier it also provides more protection for the original flooring.
Ok so after googling rubber mats, I now have another question! It seems most are 6xsomething, the shed is 8' deep, how do I go about the seam of two mats? I am concerned it would leak through where they meet, is there something I can apply/attach to cover the seam? I just know my little Joe would choose to pee right where it would leak LOL

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I don't know how your barn is constructed but I am assuming that it will be 2x4 framed under the floor, spaced at either 1.5 ft or 2 ft on centre, with the plywood laid on top of the frame. If that is the case I would suggest two things. One will be more doable than the other for you but the end result will be the same - to ensure your little charge does not step through the plywood. 1) Add additional 2x4s to the floor frame under the plywood. I would suggest a quantity to recreate spacing a couple of inches apart. The reason for this is that the original spacing will allow the plywood to flex or bend with concentrated weight (as well as plywood does have a limited weight bearing capability) and then break. 2) Place and nail/screw 2x4s (or 2x6s - whatever is readily available) on top of the plywood just like you would lay a hardwood floor. The 2x4s are snugged up against each other and the 4" side touches the plywood (not the 2" side). Also put them opposite to the framed pieces - eg if the framed 2x4s run north/south, then the top ones run east/west. In either of these cases, use the sealant on the plywood and the 2x4s if you can't get pressure treated ones.

For mats, I'm assuming your in the States, so you could go to Tractor Supply and get them there. I believe I read in an earlier post (dealing with horse trailers) that they have matting on roles, which is a 1/2" or less in thickness, that is cut to your specs. I'm sure that would do quite well for you. The mats I use are quite thick and extremely heavy but my horses also have another six or seven hundred pounds on your fellow.

With regard to the concrete, I personally wouldn't go that route. I think if you do the sealant treatment (which isn't hard - it's just painted on) and the mats you'll be fine.
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post #12 of 15 Old 12-16-2012, 11:31 PM
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OP: My suggestion for the mat seam quick fix would be good old duct tape. Eventually it will have to be replaced but it wouldn't be a great chore. A more permanent option would be gluing (there's some powerful glues on the market) but that would make it tricky to get the mats just ever so for the gluing and tricky to handle the mats should you want to move them around.
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Thank you both for your replies. The barn already has a wood floor, it is plywood. I don't think it is treated either. I am going to section it off and have like a swing gate, so yes he will be closed into the area. I am using half of it for his stall and the other half for storage of his supplies so I don't want him just loose in there. Would it be worth it to put down like a small layer of concrete and then use mats? It's only going to be about a 8'x5' area of "stall" so whatever I do for the floor won't cost too much, just trying to avoid the floor rotting or smelling. If water seal, mats and proper bedding are enough, that would be the easiest
Are there stall mats you all would recommend? What thickness should I go for?
Thanks again for your help!
I would cut the floor out in that section and I would let him come and go as he pleases. No reason to lock him in except to make you think he is better that way. If cutting out the floor reduces stability just put a board across the front to hold that together and he can step over it If you do not want to cut ourt the fllor I would get the water prroof stall skin that Chris Cox promotes to keep the wood away from urine.

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Is he your only horse? He will be much happier with a buddy, and most likely stay in the barn and away from your deck with another horse.

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Quote from Taffy Clayton: "Is he your only horse? He will be much happier with a buddy, and most likely stay in the barn and away from your deck with another horse"

Quite right Taffy. What are your thoughts on that GoGo? You've got room in the new barn for a second -- think of the fun you could have with two
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