How to buy Horse Stall mats
Whether it’s your first time shopping for horse stall mats or your 50th, there are decisions you need to make before pulling out your checkbook. Different types of mats are used in various situations; do your research first, so you don’t buy the wrong mat.
Flat Edge: Most manufacturers carry flat edge mats and they may be more cost effective than other mat types. Flat edge mats can be placed side by side in a horse stall. The texture on the under surface keeps the mat in place to reduce shifting. The thicker the mat, the longer it will last.
Interlocking: These mats fit together like puzzle pieces in a stall. The locking feature reduces the amount of urine leaking through to the stall floor. The stall is cleaner since more liquids are absorbed in the bedding and picked out of the stall instead of seeping under the mat.
Ring Mat: Ring mats allow excess water and liquids to be drained off the surface of the mat. They should be used near washing and grooming areas that have a lot of water. Ring mats should also have enough drainage nearby to prevent pooling of water on your barn floor, driveway or yard. These mats also reduces the risk of slipping.
Portable: Portable mats are an option for horse owners who travel with their horses. They are cost effective for horse shows because they reduce the amount of bedding you need to buy. Portable mats are available in flat edge, interlocking, and drain through varieties depending on your travel needs. Toting them to and from shows with your horse requires extra work. The mats have to be set up in the stall and need to be washed before they can be put away.
Custom: A custom mat is much heavier because it’s one solid piece rather than several pieces. The company will cut and install the mats for you. Although they are more expensive, custom mats are more durable than other mats and are completely seamless. They won’t shift or curl on the edges. Since custom mats fit a stall from one wall to another, less urine leaks through to the stall floor.
Top Shopping Tips:
- Begin your research online to compare company prices and services
- Compare shipping costs between manufacturers
- Review warranties offered between manufacturers
- Decide on thickness of horse stall mats
- Check out company return policies
- Ask local tack shops or horse trailer dealerships for recommendations
- Measure the area you need to cover with the mat
- After you’ve done your research, have specific questions ready when you call each company