Keep your horse supported from the ground up with the right stall mat.
If you own a horse, you know that they spend a great deal of time in their stall. Making sure they’re comfortable should be a priority. With the right stall mat, your horse can have a comfortable place to stand all day long. There are a few features to consider when choosing a stall mat, and Blain’s Farm & Fleet is here to help.
Weight & Thickness
Consider the construction of the mat. You want the rubber stall mat to be thick enough to support the weight of your horse. Depending on the breed, horses range in weight from 1,000 – 2,000 pound. Their joints have to support all that weight while standing in their stall. Hard or uneven mat surfaces can take a toll on your horse’s joints. A quality stall mat should help them stand comfortably.
Most stall mats are rubber, which makes cleanup easier. Being able to easily pressure wash or hose away debris, urine and cleaning products is essential. You also want a non-absorbent mat. If a horse has to stand on a mat that absorbs and retains moisture or bacteria, it can lead to thrush and other health problems.
A stall mat needs to have good traction and be slip resistant. Whether the stall is wet from being cleaned or dry, your horse needs to be able to stand firmly and comfortably without falling down or slipping. A mat with a textured surface can help with traction.
Using a stall mat reduces the amount of bedding you’ll have to use in the stall. With the right mat, your horse will have enough cushioning, and bedding will only have to be used to absorb waste. In turn, you’ll have less bedding to clean up and you’ll be saving money. While a stall mat is an investment, in the long run it pays off.
At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can trust your animal experts to supply you with all the equestrian equipment needed to give your horses the best care. From horse tack to hoof care to riding accessories, you’ll be set for the farm or the fair. For more tips on caring for animals, big and small, visit our Hobby Farming and Pet Care blogs.