If you’re a horse owner, you know that maintaining a clean and safe environment for your equine friends is essential for their health and well-being. One of the best investments you can make in your barn is the high-quality, interlocking Horse Stall Mat Kits. These simple-to-install, maintenance-free mats create a sanitary surface for your horses and provide a flat, durable surface for easy daily cleaning.
Below are some of the benefits of the Interlocking Stall Mat Kits seen at Barn World.
Safety is a top priority when it comes to horse care. Interlocking stall mats provide a non-slip surface for better traction and help reduce the risk of slipping, falling, or even stumbling onto your feet when in the stall with them.
Loose stall mats that don’t interlock tightly are subject to moving and allowing shavings under the corners and edges. These raised areas create a tripping point that can catch a hoof and lead to a dangerous fall in a confined stall. Unlike the unimproved and uneven dirt surfaces seen in many stalls, the strong rubber mats interlock completely flat to prevent raised areas and eliminate any movement between them. The precision-cut teeth make an extremely tight fit so the individual mats behave as a large, single sheet of thick rubber.
Additionally, these mats are designed to absorb shock and reduce the impact on your horse’s legs, joints, and hooves. The strong rubber surface is more forgiving than dirt and helps prevent joint pain and other related standing injuries. Just as a soft mat used for people standing for long periods of time helps with leg fatigue, a stall mat helps horses avoid standing discomfort. They spend a lot of time in the stall and standing on a softer surface is beneficial to their legs and joints.
Health and Cleanliness
Another crucial aspect of maintaining a healthy environment for your horse is cleanliness. The mats provide a smooth, non-porous surface that prevents the accumulation of moisture which can lead to bacterial growth and foul odors.
Cleaning the stall mats is easy and hassle-free with the flat rubber surface. A dirty stall can be a breeding ground for bacteria and mold which can affect the health of your horse and even yourself. Stall floors damp with equine urine and feces provide an ideal environment for the growth of various fungi and molds, some of which can pose health hazards to both horses and humans.
Below are a few of the health risks of a damp and dirty stall for humans and horses alike:
- Aspergillus – a fungus when inhaled can cause respiratory problems in both horses and humans, including coughing, wheezing, and difficulty breathing.
- Stachybotrys: A type of mold that thrives in damp or wet conditions. Consistent exposure can cause respiratory problems, skin irritation, and other health issues in both horses and humans.
- Fusarium: A mold that can grow on hay and straw in damp conditions found in horse stalls. Horses can develop respiratory problems, skin irritation, and other health issues.
- Rhizopus: Another mold that affects both humans and horses with respiratory problems.
- Salmonella: A bacteria that can cause gastrointestinal problems, including diarrhea and vomiting, again, in both horses and humans.
To avoid these health hazards, it’s very important to maintain a clean and dry environment in your stalls. A rubber stall mat keeps the moisture from accumulating on the floor of the stall or into the dirt beneath and allows it to be absorbed by the shavings which are removed and replaced with regular cleanings. In fact, the easier it is to clean a stall, the more likely it is to be cleaned frequently. Make sure your stall is clean and dry by removing the soiled bedding and manure. Providing frequent ventilation will also help reduce the risk of exposure to these harmful agents.
Stable Connections – pun intended!
To prevent liquid such as urine or even drinking water from being absorbed into a bare stall floor or even under the mats, the kits include precision laser-cut connecting ‘teeth’ for an incredibly tight fit.
Not only does it prevent urine and water from seeping between the mats and getting below the cleanable surface, but it also holds the separate mats together so they don’t move independently and they behave as a single, solid sheet.
The fit is so precise that we recommend using a rubber mallet to make the connection between the teeth.
Quality and Durability
When it comes to durability and longevity, the Stall Mat Kits from Barn World stand out from the rest. They’re made with high-quality 100% Recycled Vulcanized Rubber which increases the rubber’s strength, elasticity, and resistance to abrasion. The material is designed to withstand heavy use for many years.
Horse Stall Mat Kits are maintenance-free, safer, cleaner, and healthier for animals and humans than dirt, concrete, or asphalt floors. A clean environment promotes your horse’s health and well-being while making mucking out a stall easier for those that are putting in the work.
Use fewer shavings and make cleaning much easier with the long-lasting Stall Mat Kits from Barn World.
Contact Barn World today for help planning your stall floor upgrade. They will also be able to email a quote for delivery right to your door!
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