Horses are fascinating animals

Horses are fascinating animals. They are hard workers and wonderful friends. If you treat them good, they will give it back to you 100 times. One way to make your horse happier is to give him a stable rubber mat. Horses support all their body weight all day and sometimes all night on their feet, making their stall’s surface an important component of their comfort. Placing a rubber mat on the floor will help lessen the amount of stress put on their legs and joints.

Concrete floors can also be very cold during the winter. A horse’s rubber mat will help preserve its body heat, keeping it healthier. Natural insulators are usually used to create those mats. If the concrete gets wet, it can increase the chances of your horse slipping and falling, creating injuries. A mat will provide some traction diminishing those risks.

If your horse contracts a contagious infection, the stall’s floor will need to be sterilized. If you have a mat in place, it will be an easy task. Its texture is also an asset when it comes to the cleaning of the stalls. The smooth surface of it will make for practically effortless cleaning. Remove the excrements with your fork or shovel just like you would with regular bedding. The difference is that you don’t have all the extra hay you usually would. You will save time and money.

You can set a horse’s rubber mat on any hard surface for instance on asphalt, concrete or wood. Mats are offered in a wide variety for every need. The main distinctions between mats are if they are permeable, if they are portable, the weight, the thickness, the material (which usually is rubber) and the size (you can buy a bigger mat and cut it thereafter to fit your horse’s stall).

If you buy a high quality mat, it should not be permeable. It means that the urine should flow down on it, and not through it. If it does get through it, you will eventually find yourself with a permanent odor problem, which will irritate both you and your horse.

Mats can be textured on either sides, only one, or not at all. All have their pros and cons. While a textured top while offer your horse with further traction, a smooth one will offer you some minimal cleaning time. Just remember to always go with the horse’s requirements.

Cleaning a stall with a mat is just the same than you would without. You take out most of the matter with your shovel or fork, the difference being in the amount of hay bedding that comes with it. With a mat in place, you will need little to no bedding, sparing yourself money and time.

Rubber horse mats can be bought at prices ranging from 30 to 60 US Dollars, more or less. What should matter is not how much you pay, but what you and your horse will get in return. A happy horse will make for a happy owner after all!

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