Stall mats were originally designed to help provide cushioning for your horse to stand on while stabled. Typically they are installed over a concrete, gravel or dirt floor. They can encourage your horse to lie down more. It can help insulate him from cold or wet ground. With stall mats, you can use less bedding as you only have to use enough to absorb urine and not for the reasons mentioned above. They are also easier to clean and disinfect.
But did you know that stall mats can be used for a variety of other uses around the barn? Here are just a few:
- Use stall mats to alleviate mud – use them at gates where there is alot of horse/people traffic, outside barn doors or stall doors into paddocks.
- Use them in the barn aisle to provide a safe secure footing for grooming, vet or farrier visits or for cushioning the aisleway when leading horses from their stalls.
- Use them inside run-in sheds to provide additional comfort and to make them easier to clean. Use them in front of run-in sheds to keep the ground from being turned into mud as horses repeatedly enter/exit the shed.
- Use them in your grain room to help make cleanups of spilled grain quick and easy. If your barrels are kept in a dirt area, putting down stall mats can also help make it more difficult for rodents to burrow up to gobble your grain.
- Use them in the hay room to keep your hay dry and clean. Since hay has a tendency to fall apart when flakes are removed, you can put mats down first and stack your hay on top. When the hay is gone, just sweep up the leftover hay off the mats.
- Use stall mats in your trailer on both the floor. With stall mats in the trailer, it often isn’t necessary to add bedding. You can also attach mats to the walls and dividers of the trailer to help keep your horse from bumps and bruises on the road. Trailer mats also can cut down on the vibrations of a moving trailer.
- Take a stall mat to the show. Put it down where you tie your horse to the trailer. It will give him a soft, secure place to stand and help keep his hoofs clean as well.
- Turn any area (even your pasture) into a vet or farrier work area by putting down stall mats.
- Use in outside wash racks – provides traction and eases stress on legs.
- Use them in your grooming/tacking up area – provides a soft and secure surface for both you and your horse.
If on of your stalls mat is no longer useable, it may still be able to be repurposed. Though not always easy, stall mats can be cut into smaller pieces and used in other areas of your barn or home – as a doormat in front of the tack room, in the dressing room of your trailer, underneath the mounting block to keep it steady, or under flower pots on your porch or as a weed-block around trees and bushes.
Finally, remember that stall mats are made of rubber and can be recycled! Ground up rubber can be used in equestrian arenas, playgrounds and as mulch.
- 3/8” or 1/2” Button Mat – perfect for areas where you need extra traction, like wash stalls.
- 1/2” – excellent for use in your trailer.
- 3/4” Stall Mat – a great general purpose stall mat.
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