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Install Rubber Mats under stall frame? or Not?

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  • Install Rubber Mats under stall frame? or Not?

    The new tack room/stable framing is complete and concrete will be poured next week. I've purchased 4 stall kits (10'x12') which will be free standing with exception of being connected to the 6x6 posts on the back side of the shed row. I'm planning for the concrete to have a very slight slope (<1") toward the back of the stalls to allow for draining and a thorough wash down when needed. I'm debating on installing stall mats BEFORE assembling the stall kits (i.e., stall frames will rest on the 3/4" mats). I'm thinking that the stall frame will help hold them down more securely. Also plan to leave a gap in the rear between the mat and the frame for drainage. Good ideas? Or will I regret it later? I'm open to any feedback on my thoughts.

  • #2
    I don't think it matters, either way would work fine.

    We wanted about 2' of mat in front of the stalls, so we put the front over the mats and it is doing fine like that.
    Butting the mats to the bottom of the stalls would have also been ok.

    We had old and new mats, why the different colors, but here you can see the stall fronts we made from the outside and inside, set over the mats:


    • #3
      I've done mats in a couple barns now and have absolutely not put them under the stalls, because that just sounded like A REALLY big job, should they ever need to be replaced or reset.

      No, you don't want a gap between the mats and the frame--mats will shift into that space, leaving gaps in the middle of the stall. It will also collect bedding, which will eventually get under the mat.


      • #4
        Resetting or moving mats is hard anyway.
        Our mats are 3/4" 4' x 8' ones, heavy.

        If we reset or replaced mats, we lifted the stall panel a bit and moved the mat.

        They sure won't move around if a stall panel is sitting on them.


        • #5
          Originally posted by Bluey View Post
          Resetting or moving mats is hard anyway.
          Yeah, exactly, no reason to make it harder

          And not all stall pieces can be lifted. I could not have removed mats from under my priefert stalls without taking apart the stall. No way, no how was that an attractive option!


          • #6
            Simkie should know, haven't you move your whole barn twice? (not that I am stalking you but I am pretty sure your were in Colorado then moved to Minnesota then to the present location)


            • #7
              We did move the stall fronts a few feet forward and so we moved all the mats and set them back forward also.
              There was no problem, no mats were torn from having the stall fronts rest on them.

              I still think either way would be fine, whatever fits the OP's needs, on or off the mats.


              • #8
                Originally posted by clanter View Post
                Simkie should know, haven't you move your whole barn twice? (not that I am stalking you but I am pretty sure your were in Colorado then moved to Minnesota then to the present location)
                Yes, good memory! So many mats. 😐

                I've made plenty of mistakes that have shaped my current approach 😂😂


                • #9
                  Originally posted by Simkie View Post

                  Yes, good memory! So many mats. 😐

                  I've made plenty of mistakes that have shaped my current approach 😂😂
                  I really like the way you surfaced your run in barn, such a great idea... I have shown my wife the photos several times yet she has not accepted the hint (yet)


                  • #10
                    I would not rest the stall on the mats. My center partitions rest on the mats. Otherwise the mats butt up against the walls and the bottom of the front stall fronts. I would not again have the center partitions rest on the mats. Or in your case, any part of the stall perimeter rest on the mats. Shavings have worked their way under the mat edges over time. I cannot get to the shavings to remove them on the edges close to the center partition The free mat edges just won't lift enough. Trust me unbolting the very heavy center partition to get to some shavings is not going to happen!

                    I have interlocking mats. Over a period of ten years they have never moved, nor curled. I can not say the same for straight edged mats that I have seen.


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by clanter View Post

                      I really like the way you surfaced your run in barn, such a great idea... I have shown my wife the photos several times yet she has not accepted the hint (yet)
                      Thanks, clanter I am soooooo glad that project is done.

                      (If you do the same, I think more slope front to back would be a good thing! I did 2" over 12'. I'd do 4" now!)