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How to Install Horse Stall Mats

Horse Stall Prep, Laying Stall Mats and Cutting Horse Mats to Fit

By Brett Hart

While horse stall mats can come in many different forms, one thing remains steady, having the proper subsurface will make huge difference for everything from having a level finished surface to minimizing seams to drainage.

Horse stall mats are best installed over concrete, asphalt, wood or any level well-compacted surface.

If installing over a non-solid surface make sure your fines do not exceed 1/8 inch in size. This will help eliminate trouble some bumps in your stall floor. This type of subsurface also works the best for drainage and standing up to freezing and thawing conditions.

When using fines, it's best to have a depth of 4 to 5 inches of compacted fines that stop 3/4 inch short of the desired height of the mats - assuming you are using 3/4 inch thick stall mats. If not, adjust accordingly with the thickness of your stall mats.

Tamping is the preferred method of compacting the fines. Soaking the material with water will also aid in the process.

Once the subsurface is leveled and compacted, allow it to dry before installing your stall mats.

If installing an interlocking kit, be sure to follow the diagram and instructions included with your kit as not all mats will necessarily be the same.
Straight edge mats can simply be laid in place and butted up next to each other. Start in a corner and work your way out leaving a 1/4 to 1/2 inch gap around the perimeter to account for expansion due to heat or humidity. Once you can know longer lay full mats, you may need to trim edges to fit against the opposite wall or around obstructions.

Should you need to cut the mats, a straight edge, sharp utility knife, 2x4 board and pen will suffice. Mark where you'd like to cut with your pen and place the 2x4 under your cutting area. Using your straight edge as a guide, make repeated shallow scores with your sharp utility knife allowing the cuts to open as they fold over the 2x4. This reduces friction on your blade. Keep scoring until you've completed your cut.

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