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Stall floor question
I'm making a stall in our shed and the floor is concrete. My horse will be in the stall every night for at least a month and also inside if its raining. So I want it to be comfortable for her to stand on for long periods of time. On top of the concrete should I put rubber stall mats? The ones i'm wanting to buy are from Tractor Supply and are 4ft x 6ft and 3/4 inches thick and cost $40.00. I was thinking about putting the mats down over the whole stall and then putting straw or pellets. I don't have any experience with a horse being stalled.
My questions are....
Is 3/4 inch think rubber mats think enough?
If now how think should I get and where do you suggest i buy them at?
Do you think straw or pellets are better?
I am not all that knowledgable, but I can tell you how it's done where we currently board our horses. She has concrete floors as well, and has the entire stall covered with 5/8 rubber mats. She then puts about 6 inches of shavings down over the whole thing. I'm going to follow this thread to see what people say ... when we move (in 3 weeks - yikes!) we've got concrete floors as well, and the rubber mats. I was planning on doing shavings (it's all I've seen) but will be curious to hear if there is something better.
3/4 inch with a thick layer of shavings is fine, that is what everyone I know uses.
those are decent stall mats. and yes you want some shavings or straw over the rubber mat. :)
I use the 3/4" thick mats from TSC. They are very durable and don't slip a lot, YAY! I've used others that were horrible for slipping. I'd vote for shavings if you can buy them in bulk or pellets if you can't. Reason I say shavings in bulk is because I can buy a year's worth of shavings in bulk for what 1 pallet of the bagged shavings will cost me. If you can't buy the shavings in bulk or if you have no place to store them, then I prefer pellets. Put down several more bags than they recommend and pick every day. They last a LOT longer than shavings before you need to strip and rebed, so they're more cost effective.
STRAW SUCKS, IMO! I use it when I'm foaling but as soon as the baby is a month or so old, I go back to just shavings. Straw isn't very absorbent and it can weigh a TON when it's wet as well as being stinky. I just put down my last bale of straw for the new foal today, and when that's done he'll be a month old and I'll be back to just shavings. YAY!
I do plan on cleaning the stall every morning when I let her out so hopefully It won't go under the mats
What do you think about putting dirt in between the concrete and rubber mats? good idea for extra cushion or not? Im also new at this and have no idea what to do with my concrete floors! thanks for posting this!
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