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Born2Ride 02-06-2012 12:10 AM

Putting in stall mats
How many of you guys use stall mats, compared to cleaning out a stall with no mats how much easier is it? I found some cheap mats ($20 per 4x6 mat), but the drive is a bit far. So i just wanted to make sure its worth my travel. The stall they would be going in is 9x13 (blame my father for the horrible dimensions lol). Anyways, we've been using sawdust over dirt/packed stone for about 6 years now, and its beyond horrible to clean out. I'm just wondering if it would be worth trying to level the stalls out and putting mats over it since the dirt/stone has 6 years worth of tearing up. I also plan on switching to equine fresh. My mother takes care of the other horses in the barn (since i gave her ownership of my twh) and i just brought home a gelding recently. I know from experience with helping her muck out stalls that it is very time consuming and back breaking, not to mention smelly :/. I use EF with my rabbits, and the smell comparison between EF and when i used sawdust is very noticable. The EF seems to absorb better and keeps the smell down. Not many people realize how strong rabbit urine is o.o.

So anyways, has anybody bedded over just dirt/stone then added mats afterwards? How did it work out for you? The mats are also 1/2" thick :).thanks.

Dreamcatcher Arabians 02-06-2012 12:57 AM

Mats make life sooooo much easier. I have some stalls matted and some that still need to be matted and the matted ones can be stripped in less time than raking and sifting in the dirt stalls. I use pelletized bedding in the dirt stalls, keeps them from getting real messy and I use bulk shavings in the matted stalls because I buy shavings at $200/truck load vs $4.10 for a 40 lb bag of pellets. A truck load will last me 6 months (12 stalls) vs 2 pallets (that only works out to about 6 bags per stall, one time) for the same cost.

Delfina 02-06-2012 01:50 AM

Night and day I boarded at an all dirt facility and I currently have my gelding in a fully matted stall.

No smell, no icky, soggy stall and I can clean his stall +7 more in less than an hour which includes sweeping the barn aisle, collecting feed pans and various other small chores.

mls 02-06-2012 11:36 AM

Mats will also save on the amount of fill you need to replace. We adjust the mat per the stall occupant and where their 'pee spot' is. Without mats, that spot would be a hole in the matter of a couple of weeks. Most certainly a safety and health hazard for the horse - and human.

VT Trail Trotters 02-06-2012 04:38 PM

Regen has a stall mat and its very easy to clean us just shaving on the ground.

sillyhorses 02-06-2012 07:27 PM

We, too, have a barn with mostly matted stalls. The only time it has been a problem is when we have perpetual bucket dumpers... the water gets between the mats and eventually (after daily water-bucket dumping), with daily cleaning, the clay footing still gets mushy and we have to swap stalls to let it get some air. Otherwise, the stalls are fine.

Born2Ride 02-06-2012 07:36 PM

Hmm, sounds like it may be a good investment then. My gelding also likes to paw, so mats would really help, since right now he seems to be trying to dig to china infront of his stall :/.

Delfina 02-06-2012 07:55 PM

Yup, no more digging to China with mats! Another benefit is when the bucket dumper has a round of fun, you can take a plastic shovel and remove all the wet shavings really quickly.

Stripping a stall completely is a breeze with mats.

Born2Ride 02-06-2012 08:13 PM

Ok, i remember one place i boarded at the stall mats were like folding up in the corners. Has anybody had that happen before? We use to always get the shovel stuck all over the stall when we were trying to scoop up the sawdust. Do after so many years they start to do that? Or maybe it was just the type of rubber she used?

sillyhorses 02-06-2012 10:16 PM

I've never heard of mats folding in the corners before, although I guess if the people bought the super cheap thin stuff, that is a real possibility. The thicker stall mats that you can buy at like, TSC and other farm stores, are so heavy (literally 100lbs each). I'd think that if that type was curling up at the corners, flipping them would solve the problem by weighting down in the direction of the curl?

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