Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Middle Tennessee
• Horses: 0
I live in Middle Tennessee and have clay/dirt. My stalls have several inches of limestone crush with restaurant grid mats on top of the crush, then shavings.
If you use crush and put enough down, you can either rake it level or take a big piece of wood (two man job) and pull the wood back to level out the crush.
I have used grid mats since 2006 or 2007. The first ones were cheap and thin from Tractor Supply, they still lasted nine years, and my horses come in at night.
The replacements are thicker and bigger, thus more money. The new mats need two people to handle them unless someone is intent on getting themselves a double hernia:). They went down in 2016 and I fully expect them to take my last two horses to their end times:)
The holes in grid mats do fill with shavings but they still drain, so you don't have urine splashing up on solid mats, as long as the crush or sand underneath is deep enough.
The grid mats don't need pulled up and washed once or twice a year like solid mats do.
I did use plastic ties to tie them together, even though they have "snaps". Not a disgusting job when the mats are new:)
They are more work initially than solid mats but to me, they are less work and less stench over the long term --
A Good Horseman Doesn't Have To Tell Anyone; The Horse Already Knows.
I CAN'T ride 'em n slide 'em. I HAVE to lead 'em n feed 'em Thnx cowchick77.