Originally Posted by StrikinHigh
Those are quite a bit thicker than the ones I've seen people try to use in barns. What I had in mind was the super thin variety that is pretty flexible. And you would think that bedding would take care of the moisture problem, but if the bedding isn't thick enough they can be pretty slippery.
The thin ones can be dangerous too. I once boarded at a place with the thin belts for stall mats. My mare somehow got her leg under them & struggled, resulting in a broken leg. Thankfully it was only a splint bone fracture & she healed fine but to see her standing on 3 legs with the 4th horribly swollen scared me for life about conveyor belts in stalls.
I like the big heavy rubber mats & if they are properly installed they will remain flat with no bedding getting under them. They will waste bedding as the urine has no place to go except into the shavings.
I tried the Ground Master system & while it worked great at the beginning they have a surface grit that wears off & they get slick. I found this happened no matter how deeply I bedded. They are a beast to install too. Not cheap either. I gave them to a friend who uses them under dirt in her lean-to's & around her high traffic areas like the water tanks to keep the ground level & avoid mud. They are great for that.
I have finally found I like the Stall Skins the best. Wet spots are at a minimum, easy to install & less costly then good rubber mats. Correct drainage under them is a must.