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    10-02-2011, 03:30 PM
  #11
Weanling
I agree that rubber matting would be essential if horses are just housed on concrete.
But w the wood floors it isn't needed IMO.....its soft enough to be comfortable for thier joints etc, and durable enough to withstand horses urine. Again this is w proper cleaning. I don't bed our stalls exceptionally deep...just ensure they are thoroughly cleaned
I personally hate rubber matting, as moisture can get trapped between the floor and rubber matting causing more damage to the flooring. But of course this is just my experience and opinion. Everyone will have their "favorite" combination.
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    10-02-2011, 04:57 PM
  #12
Banned
A cheap, wonderful alternative to stall mats is machine belting. My old boss frenquently got permission to take the worn out belt from the factory, it's essentially the same substance as stall mats but in a three foot wide roll. He would put an ad on CL and deliver a piece of the roll to someone for about $75; it was then up to the purchaser to cut it, fit it, and put it into the stalls. I have a big roll of it to do my barn aisle and stalls.

Even though TK Buttermilk has had an OK experience with wood, since you own this facility and will reap the long term gain of investing in some kind of decent stall flooring. I would be very reluctant to put horses on either wood or concrete, and think the only way to do it safely is to bed heavily and be very meticulous about stall cleaning. In the long run, depending on the price you're paying for bedding, might still be cheaper and easier to do the mats.
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    10-04-2011, 02:15 PM
  #13
Foal
You can try adding a dirt base and then your shavings. If its a good ventilated barn then I would suggest using bulk shavings. They are more fine then the bagged shavings but less expensive and great for soaking up urine. They bulk shavings will last awhile and they are easier to sift through.
     
    10-04-2011, 04:18 PM
  #14
mls
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Originally Posted by Maverick101    
We have wood floors, and the barn is going on 6 yrs and I have only had to replace 3 floor boards thus far, and that was from a very aggressive stall walker, and he would also paw in one spot (by feed tub)....the rest are holding up fine.
What type of wood though? I would assume some type of treatment was done to them?
     
    10-04-2011, 04:28 PM
  #15
Yearling
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Originally Posted by mls    
What type of wood though? I would assume some type of treatment was done to them?
This is what I was wondering as well.

Do you creosote them to waterproof them?

Paint them?

Put something like Thompson's Water Seal on them?
     
    10-04-2011, 04:30 PM
  #16
Trained
If you REALLY cannot afford any mats, I would agree that dirt with shavings OVER the cement would work. My barn has cement floors and I use (4' x 6') 3/4 inch rubber mats, 4/stall, ~$40/each, so each stall cost me $120 . MY horses have most of the year turnout, and I only force them into their stalls--like I have to force them?!?--when there is ice. I know that the full-stall mats are upwards to >$300--is this the price you are referring to? Honestly, the 3/4 inch mats are hard ENOUGH to move and clean when the stalls aren't in use--I fold them in two and drag them, and it's an all day job/stall--so I have also double-uped on (4' x 6") 1/2 inch cattle mats with buttons, which I also use in my trailer and that has a wooden floor. No slippage like some mats that are too smooth can cause.
I think the 1/2 inch cattle mats are cheaper--you could lay down dirt and use those--IMHO, rubber mats are NEVER a waste of money.
I have heard of wooden floors in stalls, before. I think the places that use them have drainage underneath the stalls. I am not sure that your horse won't slip on the wood, either.
BTW, when I am NOT trailering, my mats are cleaned and they line the walkway in my barn so my horses really don't walk on any cement. Even the old ones with cracks get recycled under heavy use gates. (I also use the worst wear ones for my chickens.)
     
    10-04-2011, 09:01 PM
  #17
Weanling
My floors are 3X 12 planks, so very sturdy and will last for years. They run the length of the stalls and are fastened under the walls so there are no exposed nails or screws in the horse's area. I probably will invest in mats, too, but for now I will just use lots of bedding.
     
    10-06-2011, 11:48 AM
  #18
Trained
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Originally Posted by KatieQ    
My floors are 3X 12 planks, so very sturdy and will last for years. They run the length of the stalls and are fastened under the walls so there are no exposed nails or screws in the horse's area. I probably will invest in mats, too, but for now I will just use lots of bedding.
Could you post some pics on your page sometime? Like I said, I've heard of this before, just never seen it. Sounds pretty neat, BUT a lot of initial work. Thanks! =D
     
    10-06-2011, 12:41 PM
  #19
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Corporal    
Could you post some pics on your page sometime? Like I said, I've heard of this before, just never seen it. Sounds pretty neat, BUT a lot of initial work. Thanks! =D
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    10-06-2011, 12:42 PM
  #20
Weanling
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I will take some pics this afternoon
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