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post #1 of 7 Old 02-08-2014, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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Question Stall Flooring Question

Hey all. Another question for you guys and gals. Come spring were going to be finishing up the barn and I was wondering what is best for floor coverings. Regardless of what we use I want to use Rubber mats then top them with saw dust. I hear some people use concrete but wouldn't that be too hard for the horses to stand on?

I have heard that some people were using a Dirt/Sand/Clay layers?

When we do get the horses the plan is to have them out in the field from about 7am until right before dark and/or feeding time (depending on time of the year of course). However, they will have access to the stalls through any given day. So they wont be kept in the stalls except for at night.

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post #2 of 7 Old 02-08-2014, 08:58 PM
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Concrete is not only hard but expensive. As you're using mats you could get a crushed stone much cheaper & if you get a tight fit with the mats it should never cause a problem.
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Personally, I have concrete. BUT, if I had the choice I would go with a crushed stone base (I know there is more to it than that, but i think you may know the type that I am referring to).

If you do go with concrete, I'd suggest making the surface rough and also to install a drain system. :)
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For now why not just put your mats on top of what material is there and see what kind of drainage you have.
You may already have excellent drainage and a solid firm base and not need to do anything more...then again, you may have lousy drainage which you will quickly learn and then know what you need to fix that situation...

just a thought...
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For now why not just put your mats on top of what material is there and see what kind of drainage you have.
You may already have excellent drainage and a solid firm base and not need to do anything more...then again, you may have lousy drainage which you will quickly learn and then know what you need to fix that situation...

just a thought...
That would work however, what we have done was we took what the previous owners used as a big "garage" and turned it into our soon to be barn. The height of it is only about 10 foot high so we are going to have to dig down a few more feet just to be sure that there's enough height in case of a horse that rears. The current base would have been perfect since it is that crushed stone that was mentioned above. So by the time its done it will be a flat level dirt floor.
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Could you dig a little deeper & put the old stone back in?
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Our barn floor is clay base with a bit of 32 base (aka road gravel) on top of that, all covered with rubber floor mats. I'm quite pleased with it.

FYI, our barn has 10 ft high walls and that seems to be a good safe height, not that we've had any rearing going on mind you, so you might save your back and your time if you work with the floor as you have it now. If you're calm and quiet with the horses when they're in the barn there's no reason for them to rear.
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