Rubber stable mats is an economical and easy-care solution for horse stalls, barns and paddocks. Traditional bedding needs to be used only in the ‘toilet area,’ which takes up about 1/4th of a stall.
All horse-owners know it probably too well that horse keeping is a costly enterprise. And yet, the horse’s health, vitality and well-being go before all the rest. So, if you care about your horse and want to cut down the expenses, pave your stable with rubber stable mats.
Equine mats are a special type of rubber floor mats, which are more durable and generally hard-wearing. They are 42 mm thick to keep warmth in winter and sufficiently insulate the horse from the ground. Stable tiles are made of rubber granules, pieces and fibres, all bonded by highest quality binders. They consist primarily of EPDM rubber (also called technical rubber), as it is more resistant, odourless and urine-resistant.
Stable mats with drainage
For obvious reasons, your horse prefers dry and warm, resilient flooring, which resembles natural conditions. Stable mats consist of micro-pores through which liquids flow. On the tile underside there are special canals which facilitate water drainage (they look like a chocolate bar). So, if your stall has some kind of incline or a drainage system, urine or water will simply drain away, leaving the surface clean and dry.
Cleaning rubber flooring in the stable
It is necessary to keep stable tiles clean. They shouldn’t be covered in hay or wood chips. Sweep the mats regularly, collect horse droppings if any, and when needed, hose the mats down and flush out whatever has accumulated underneath. Stable mats have straight edges and should be installed in a loose formation precisely for this – to facilitate washing.
As it is not pleasant for the horse to pee on rubber mats (splashing), and to maintain hygiene in the stable, prepare a toilet area. It:
– should be separated from the “living area” covered with stable mats (for example, with a wooden beam) so that the bedding does not get onto the mat surface and clog the drainage pores,
– big enough to be comfortable for a horse (usually about 1/4 or 1/5 of a horse stall),
– covered with traditional bedding as usual.
In this simple way you can spare about 75% less on the bedding – plan your stable and do the math!
DIY installation of stable tiles
42 mm thick, solid stable tiles by Warco can be installed on any flat and hard surface like concrete. On unbound subfloors (grit or gravel bedding) we recommend a sturdy stable mat SK42. The mats should be installed tightly next to each other, preferably in offset to another row. Rubber stable tiles should not be glued to each other. Solid and heavy mats won’t shift if you properly edge the surface.
Open stable, paddock, horse walkers
Stable mats made of rubber granulate are perfect for indoor and outdoor use. They are frost proof and resistant to any weather conditions. Laid around a stable or in a paddock, they insulate thermally and invite the horse to move as the surface is not slippery or muddy.
In horse walkers, washing and grooming areas, as well as stable alleys, it is better to use rubber interlocking pavers. They are easy to install and just as beneficial to your horse as stable mats.