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post #11 of 15 Old 10-23-2012, 05:09 PM
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Originally Posted by TheMayoMat View Post
Wow thanks for the fast and helpful responses!

So I expected that horses wouldn't lie down as much as cows, but I must say one hour a day is a bit of a surprise.

I deal primarily with EVA mats, which are a little more expensive than rubber mats but come with their own advantages. I imagine the rubber probably gets pretty hard and spread out over time, though I'm not sure that's even much of an issue considering the small time that horses spend lying down.

Reno Bay- don't the barn owners bolt the rubber mats down to the concrete to prevent bedding from getting under the mats? That's what we do in cow stalls and it's never been a problem. But again, obviously, I don't know if that is even an option in a horse stall.

Nice to know the information about washing, too. I must admit, though my embarrassment begs me not to, I didn't realize that horses sweated! Is it as much as us? How high is their tolerance to hot weather?
Heavy, properly fitted & installed mats should never get anything under them. If they are tight to the walls & each other nothing can get under them.
Rubber mats should also be used with bedding.
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post #12 of 15 Old 10-24-2012, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks again for the all the answers. It's nice to know that rubber mats can be bolted down the same way that others can, but I also heard today that, in America at least, concrete flooring in stalls is not particularly common. I find that a little weird because from what I've been reading around this forum, most people seem to have concrete flooring...

In any case, for those of you with rubber mats down in your stalls, how do the horses seem to like it? I've had to spend long hours standing around on rubber and it starts to hurt after a while. Is this just me?

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post #13 of 15 Old 10-24-2012, 10:59 AM
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Dirt is a preference for me. Concrete is just not good for horses. Too easy to slip. Too unforgiving.

Make sure you have a way of getting the mats up and out. I had a poor little horse get attacked by mold from under the mats. It attacked his respiratory system. Lots of mucous, water would pour from his nose when he would drink(his bucket had to be cleaned several times a day because of it. It looked like we killed a slime monster next to his water bucket every day), he lost a great deal of weight(looked like we were starving him) and we thought we would have to put him down several times. It took him nearly a full year to recover and now several years later he still has issues because of it. The right side of his face will sweat profusely if he gets nervous, for example.

It is very important to be able to clean under the mats. We took ours out completely and are back to good old dirt.
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Wow, I'm sorry you and the horse went through that. I have never heard of something like this happening with dairy cows, but I'll have to spend the next couple of days looking into it now! Thanks again

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post #15 of 15 Old 10-24-2012, 10:44 PM
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Yeah, me too. I am so happy he lived though. He is one of my favorite horses right now. I am pretty sure this horse is here for a purpose. His dam almost died a month before she was due to foal with him. With all that has happened, he is a "meant to be" horse.

Just keep your place clean and check for stuff like that. Mold is a terrible thing. Certain types are very destructive.
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