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post #1 of 6 Old 07-17-2012, 04:58 AM Thread Starter
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Stall mats over dirt/clay floor?

The farm where I am boarding my horse has dirt/clay stall floors. They get very wet and packed down no matter how much bedding I put in the stall. I've been considering stall mats, but I am not sure what kind, if any, would be beneficial. Any thoughts or suggestions are appreciated!
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post #2 of 6 Old 07-17-2012, 07:34 AM
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I have stall mats from my local Tractor Supply (and similar are sold in Southern States) in stalls, shed, and around the hay rack. Work wonder.

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post #3 of 6 Old 07-24-2012, 08:06 PM
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I have stall mats in the stalls at my barn, they are so much easier to work with.
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post #4 of 6 Old 07-25-2012, 01:47 AM
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I use rubber mats over dirt floor. Quite comfortable and easy to clean. I got mine from Peavey Mart (I`m in Canada and Peavey Mart is a farm supply store quite similiar to Tractor Supply but with a more limited variety of products).
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We use rubber stall mats in our stalls. One stall has concrete floor but the other 2 have dirt floors it helps.The concrete I feel is to hard so rubber mats provide some cushioning & Dirt floors sometimes could get soft mucky from moisture in spots the mats help that.We bed our stalls with shavings
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post #6 of 6 Old 07-25-2012, 03:55 PM
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Where I worked we used the thick heavy rubber mats. They worked nicely if the horses were well behaved. The thin rubber ones were almost the same price and only lasted a couple months before tearing.

Even with the thick mats we had some horses that would paw and dig and once they found an edge they used their teeth and pulled them up and all over the place and if the sawdust gets underneath the edges become easier for a playful horse to grab or for you or your horse to trip over.

I often thought the ones with the interlocking (puzzle piece or zipper type0 edges would have been better but the boss never tried those.

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