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yorkshirelass 03-01-2010 10:37 AM

barn flooring
 
Hi we have just moved to our new house which had a barn already built. No stalls just barn. So we built stalls and everything was good till the rain came. Now the flooring in the aisle way is muddy and we sink into it. Any suggestions to what kind of flooring we should use. I have heard about something called Soil Cement. Would appreciate some advice an suggestions

iridehorses 03-01-2010 11:09 AM

What I've used at a barn in PA some years ago was crushed stone. It's a fine grain stone that packs down very well and then you can put mats on top if you prefer.

The best way to do it is to dig out some dirt, put some landscaping cloth down then the crushed stone. If you can, it may be advisable to build some drains if the water is coming in from the outside.

hhadavis 03-01-2010 11:28 AM

I tried crushed limestone a few years ago..almost like road base and it worked well but because we didnt have gutters on the barn it washed alot of it out. But it compacts really well, its what they use before they put cement in. I had it in the corrals, not the stalls. Was thinking about putting it in the barn since i just have the dirt floors but havent got around to it..my husband didnt like in in the corrals because the horses were white from laying down:) Just recently bought some decomposed granite..got to say Im impressed. Its pricier than some, I was a little worried because when it came it had some small stones in it but its not getting in the horses feet and staying, and they are liking it. Its cruchy at first when they walk on it..but the drainage factor is awesome. I had nothing but mud from the new topsoil my hubby put in the corrals before it rained here, and now with the granite Im not having mud issues at all.. you can also use it for the barn areas although if you put it in stalls they recommend bedding or mats be places over it.

yorkshirelass 03-01-2010 01:55 PM

Hi hhadavis i just moved from ft hood lol .. any ways i have been looking up on some of the barn flooring. We have put the gravel down in the stalls an put mats on top of that an that has compacted d own really well. I wanted to do the same in the aisle way but the hubby said no.. so i was thinking about the soil cement. I read up on it but can't seem to find it in any stores anywhere. I have soil in the aisle way. We have dug a moat around the barn it's self and it does great for the drainage to the stalls but the aisle way is muddy.
Iridehorses i tried that in the stalls it does really well .. but has i was saying prior the hubby doesn't think it's a good idea. Any other suggestions would be appreciated. :)

eventerdrew 03-01-2010 05:58 PM

I have a dirt aisle. Mine never gets muddy, even when snow blows in. Maybe you should put barn doors on? That may help the moisture.


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