Where to use Rubber Mats
Rubber mats are usually referred to as stall mats, which can be misleading since they can be used as floor covering almost anywhere. Most mats are insulating, yielding, provide traction and are easy to clean and sterilize. They can be laid on top of any hard, stable surface such as concrete, asphalt or wooden floors but not on top of soft surfaces like sand or earth.
Trailers: where mats provide an improved floor surface for horses, particularly beneficial for the horses’ comfort and health on long journeys. They also provide traction and prevent slipping when the trailer is moving.
Shower and cleaning areas: where water, dirt and mature make other surfaces, very slippery. Wash stalls can be hosed off much easier with thin rubber mats and don’t have to be swept out as often.
Walkways: particularly in professional stables, arenas or cross ties in barn isles where an improved surface is necessary. Interlocking mats can be used to cover a walk way or barn isle. Thinner mats can be used in aisles where cross ties are and can be swept or washed off.
Short term stalls: used at horse shows, state fair expos, or training facilities. Portable stall mats allow you to place a protective mat over the ground of temporary stalls and take the mats with you when you leave. The mats will need to be washed and rolled up or taken apart if they’re interlocking.
Permanent stall floor covering: many horse owners use rubber mats to permanently cover their stall floors, which may be concrete, small gravel or dirt underneath. Stall mats usually reduce the amount of shavings, straw or other bedding used in stalls. Mats provide a softer, warmer cushion for horses to lie on and also help reduce lameness and joint problems. Heavy mats are used in permanent stalls so they don’t shift or tear.