How to install interlocking stall mats
Stall mats are used in horse stalls because the rubber texture is better for horse’s joints, mats provide traction and horses stay warmer in the winter. Although some people use one or two large mats for a stall floor, interlocking mats are often easier to install since they’re smaller, lighter weight and lock together.
Stall mats can be placed over concrete, asphalt, wood, or any level well-compacted surface. If you don’t have a concrete, asphalt, or wood floor then preparing the sub-surface is the most important factor for a safe, low maintenance stall.
Mats shouldn’t be placed over sand because it’s not a level surface. Sand usually shifts under the mats and causes low spots in the stall that can cause tripping or rip the mats when horses’ paw. Urine can also pool in low spots and is difficult to clean up. If concrete, asphalt, or wood aren’t available, crushed fines are a good choice. Limestone or granite fines, roughly 1/8 inch, are the most common. Fines are easy to work with, provide good drainage, compact well and tolerate freeze/thaw conditions.
1) Take your horse out of the stall and rake out any hay, manure or left over straw on the floor.
2) Make sure the stall floor is level. If you’re using concrete, asphalt, or wood as a sub-surface, mats can be placed on top of the surface.
3) If you’re using fines, dig out enough of the existing floor material to maintain current stall elevations.
4) Fines should be installed 4 – 5 inches below the floor surface. Soak the fines with water so they become more compact. After the fines have been raked level, and the surface is dry, mats can be installed.
5) Start at one corner of the stall. Lay two stall mats next to each other. Line up the protruding edge of one mat with the indented edge of another. Push down protruding ridges into the indentations, and lock the mats together.
6) Repeat the process to cover your horse’s stall. Rubber will expand and contract, so leave 1/4 – 1/2 inches between the edges of the mat and stall wall.
When you’re finished, add bedding on top of the mats and let your horse test out his new home.