Installing Rubber Stall Mats

Initially rubber mats are a pricey investment, but they pay for themselves in stall cleaning convenience, reduced bedding costs, and comfort for your horse.
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Installing Rubber Stall Mats
Grippers designed specifically for handling stall mats can help make your job easier. | Photo: Alayne Blickle
Use of rubber stall mats offers an excellent manure management technique. The firm, level surface makes chore time simpler; you can easily scoop up manure and soiled bedding, leaving clean bedding behind. With stall mats you can reduce the amount of bedding you currently use in the stall or bed only in “potty spots.” Doing this will help you cut back on the amount of bedding used and the amount of stall waste you are left with to dispose of. The advantage to you as a horse owner is great; less waste by volume, less cost for you on bedding, less storage area needed for bedding and less time spent on stall cleaning chores.

A rubber stall mat is also a healthy surface for the horse to stand on. It is level and firm, but with some “give” for a cushioning effect. Your vet or farrier will also tell you that there are many horse health benefits to this type of stall flooring as opposed to an uneven, damp or hard stall surface.

Initially rubber mats are a pricey investment, but they pay for themselves in stall cleaning convenience, reduced bedding costs and comfort for your horse

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Alayne Blickle, a lifelong equestrian and ranch riding competitor, is the creator/director of Horses for Clean Water, an award-winning, internationally acclaimed environmental education program for horse owners. Well-known for her enthusiastic, down-to-earth approach, Blickle is an educator and photojournalist who has worked with horse and livestock owners since 1990 teaching manure composting, pasture management, mud and dust control, water conservation, chemical use reduction, firewise, and wildlife enhancement. She teaches and travels North America and writes for horse publications. Blickle and her husband raise and train their mustangs and quarter horses at their eco-sensitive guest ranch, Sweet Pepper Ranch, in sunny Nampa, Idaho.

8 Responses

  1. re: Installing Rubber Stall Mats

    Great advice here and we agree that rubber stable mats are the most common and can last a long time but interlocking EVA stable mats https://www.equifloor.co.uk are becoming more popu””e: Installing Rubber Stall Mats

    Great advice here and we agree that rubber stable mats are the most common an”

  2. re: Installing Rubber Stall Mats

    I do wish people who tout mats would stop telling people they can use less bedding.  I lived in another state where the floors were dirt and nicely bedded with shavings.  By between 8 and 8:30 at night in the cooler months, my horse was layin

  3. re: Installing Rubber Stall Mats

    I love my mats. I would not do it any other way. I have concrete floors and THICK mats but I still use about 4" of bedding.  My stalls are 12’x14′ so I have lots of room and I leave the bedding thin in the back where my horses like to leave t

  4. re: Installing Rubber Stall Mats

    I agree that mats don’t really save much bedding.  Horses need cushioning for their joints (especially older or heavier horses), and a mat with skimpy bedding does not provide enough comfort. Also, when a horse pees on a surface without downward d

  5. re: Installing Rubber Stall Mats

    I have used rubber matts for my mare and I think they are great. Yes they cost but for her comfort it is worth it. Also it makes clean up a breeze. It inspried my daughter to get them for her horses.

    Something else that you can use with the matt

  6. re: Installing Rubber Stall Mats

    I agree with everything except the part about being better for the horse. Horses don’t want to lie down and rest on rubber and if they do, they can get abrasions when they get up. If you’re going to work your horses, give them a good bed to rest in. I

  7. re: Installing Rubber Stall Mats

    There is a company in British Columbia selling EQUIMATS stall mats that have dovetail edges along the long sides to "zip" together. The 4×6 mats weigh only 30 lbs and can be carried by one person. The mats are green, and come in 2 thicknesses

  8. re: Installing Rubber Stall Mats

    I have found that large ‘C’ clamps are much easier to use than vice grips.

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