The farm where I am boarding my horse has dirt/clay stall floors. They get very wet and packed down no matter how much bedding I put in the stall.
When building a new stable or stalls for horses, what they will be standing on is a very important consideration. Horses that are kept in have to stand still on whatever is on their stall floor for long periods of time, which can be hard on their legs.
As for stall floors, most stalls are constructed with a clay base, and bedding is added to that. To help with drainage, "French drains" can be added to the stalls. This is done by basically digging a posthole in the center of the stall and two or more corners of the stall.
We have three horses. Our stalls have sawdust over 4' X 6' X 3/4" rubber mats over crushed stone over native clay. This works well for us, but the initial cost of the mats is pricy.
Flooring Options The basis of any structure is the foundation, and the same applies to the flooring of your horse's stall or enclosure. Joey Errigo, former owner and operator of Canterbury Farm and Tack Shop in Binghamton, New York has dealt with many types of flooring in her years of keeping horses.
It's possible to install clay floors, and it's recommended that these be laid over a thick layer of crushed gravel and kept clean and dry. Sand is frequently used for stall floors. It is easy on the horse's legs, non-slip and requires minimal bedding material over top. It drains well and is replaceable once it becomes very soiled.
Now, he keeps horses in the concrete barn inside, the ones in the clay floors have runs off the stalls. He has to bed the matted concrete ones way more, double the shavings, he tells me, he feels it is better for the horses, but not for his wallet, shavings here are very expensive, without woods and mills for hundred's of miles.
Consistent management is required as clay can develop pockets and holes as the horse moves about the stall, wearing down the surface over time. To prevent this, clay requires regular raking of the stall to keep the flooring even.
Best way to bed a stall with dirt floors Feb. 22, 2011, 07:19 PM . I recently moved my horses to a new barn with dirt floors. We have dirt/clay floors. I have put mats across the back of most of them 2 mats in a 12x12 so just the back third of the stall covered . Another person who has almost always had dirt floor stalls. In fact, my
I can remember being at a horse barn that had concrete grooming stalls with rubber mats, but nobody gave drainage much of a thought when they built those grooming stalls. Ugh, when a horse would decide to urinate in the grooming stall it was an awful mess to clean up.
Re: Floor Options for Horse Stalls? We have floors similar to previous posters - hard clay, sand, rubber mats, sawdust. None of our stalls are sized to fit the mats perfectly - we had to cut mats in all of the stalls.
We use rubber stall mats in our stalls. One stall has concrete floor but the other 2 have dirt floors it helps.The concrete I feel is to hard so rubber mats provide some cushioning and Dirt floors sometimes could get soft mucky from moisture in spots the mats help that .We bed our stalls with shavings
One solution to the hardness/slipperiness problem is to lay down rubber stall mats over the concrete; and many people also lay rubber stall mats down over clay flooring to stop horses from digging. These certainly improve the comfort of the stall for the horses.
Why is barn lime used in horse stalls? Taking proper care of a barn or horse stalls can be challenging, especially in humid climates or during harsh winters. Both environment leads to a damper than desired barn interior and the problems associated with it.
Topsoil and clay materials are often popular because they are inexpensive and easy on a horses legs, but depending on how much time horses stay in their stalls, these materials will likely need to be repaired and re-leveled with regularity.
G1876. Housing for Horses: Flooring for Stalls. Kathleen P. Anderson, Extension Horse Specialist. Various types of flooring for use in horse stalls are . described in this publication. Stalled horses require great care, attention, and labor. An alternative flooring is a mixture of clay and sand.
Clay is an old time stall floor, because it was not as slippery as wood, harder surface to keep floor level and easier to clean that bedding out. Determined horses could still dig holes or get
As low as $2.05 per sq. ft. Rubber Stall Matting has been a popular addition to horse stalls for years. Stall Mats are a soft, yet durable addition to dirt, clay or concrete floors, and are easily installed over a concrete floor.
Stall floors become very important to leg and foot fitness when a horse spends a lot of time confined to a stall. Proper floor materials can aid stable cleaning and manure removal. The floor is more than the top surface on which the horse stands.