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post #1 of 4 Old 07-12-2020, 04:54 PM Thread Starter
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New to forum.....and Barns. Help with floor.

Hey folks,

The barn is almost done, it will have 4 12x12 stalls on the right side and the left side will be wash stall, tack room and gathering room. Right now everything is just dirt; what gravel or base should I be using in the stalls? I'm either going to paver the center isle or concrete, as well as the opposite side.

Here's a few pictures. Some one mentioned #10 gravel (I really don't know what that is but can find out) but wanted to ask others who have done this before what works best.

Thanks!

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post #2 of 4 Old 07-13-2020, 10:54 AM
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We've found that crushed stone with a layer of septic system type sand works better for getting a smooth level surface under rubber mats.

Concrete is better for the centre aisle but if you're going to use it for a farrier to work on then consider having a rubber mat in that area
Cobbles/pavers are more expensive than concrete but they do drain better if the floors ever going to be exposed to any amount of water

Just winging it is not a plan
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post #3 of 4 Old 07-13-2020, 01:21 PM
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After having my fill of digging out stalls, I cemented my stalls and haven't looked back. No more back spasms for me as they are easy to clean. But, my horses are not in their stalls 24/7.
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post #4 of 4 Old 07-13-2020, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the input, I can still do concrete (expensive) and our horses will not be stalled for long periods of time. I figured I may as well go through the suffering of dirt floors then break down next year. Just wasn't sure what would be the best crushed stone....and didn't even think of a layer of sand, what a great idea.

This is our first barn, stalls, ponies, etc......we have so much to learn.
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