Why buy Stable mats?

Rubber stable mats have been around for a long time now but there is still a little bit of uncertainty about what they do and what benefits they offer. Or is it simply something nice to do for your horse / pony? Well hopefully I can clear this up for you!

There are surprising amount of positives you will get by just installing mats. I’ve listed them out below to try and keep things clear.

 

Low profile stable mats with a starw bed on top

Stable mat Positives

Warmth – Stable mats can add quite a lot of warmth to your stables, especially through the winter months! With the matting being 17mm thick and made from solid rubber it’s a great insulator and helps to keep to the cold of the concrete floor away!

Protection – how many times has your horse caught or scraped their hocks? With matting this can be a thing of the past! Minimizing the chances of unnecessary cuts or scrapes or vet bills! The 17mm rubber offers excellent protection from the concreate floor. We also have matting for protecting them against the walls and doors to, but that’s for another day.

Saving Money who doesn’t want to save money? How much money depends on you and your horse. As a rule of thumb, we say you can reduce the bed by a third however, you do have to use some common sense. If you go in most of the bedding is wet, add some more; if there’s loads of dry bedding, take some out. While the matting is fantastic, it is non-porous, so you still need bedding to soak up all the urine.

Saving Time – This one is important as no one has enough of this in their lives! With less bedding there is less to muck out. add in an easy sweep pattern and you could be in and out in a flash, giving you time for a longer shower and time to dry your hair? (We’ve all been to work with semi-wet hair and had to deal with the frizzy aftermath in the afternoon.)

 

The Drawbacks of matting

Don’t panic! While there are some minor drawbacks don’t be put off by them as we have a way to get around them all. I know it seems backwards for us to tell you about these however, we have to as you need to know the whole picture!

Weight – The mats are heavy at around 38-40 KG per mat they can be back breaking. The reason for the weight is, if its easy for you to move around, then it will be easy for your horse to move around. You really don’t want this, if they are moving them around you will be forever putting them back and cleaning them out. So, the mats are nice and heavy so once they’re down, there down! If you don’t want to have to move them fear not! We offer full installation on all our products, so you don’t have to! There is a “quote me for fitting” button on every page, hit that and we can get that sorted for you.

Cleaning – The mats do need cleaning from time to time. If you have installed them yourself or had a loose laid installation it will be at least once a year. equally, if you have a very wet horse, then you might need to do if more often. If this doesn’t sound like something you want to have to do, then just have your mats fully sealed. Our fully sealed installation stops anything getting under the mats so all you have to do is hose the mats down and let them dry! Much easier!

 

How do you get yours?

Simple, Click Here to go over to our stable mat page on the website. Or, if you prefer a person then just give us a call on 01787 886929 our friendly staff can explain all the types of mats and help you choose the mat which is going to suit you and your horse the most. IF you haven’t got time for either, you can always drop us an e-mail. Just let us know your stable size and postcode and we will get a full quote over to you sales@horsemat.co.uk. or Via Facebook 

If you wanted to see which mat is going to suit you best, check out our blog: Stable mats- what’s right for you?

 

 

Stable matting – what’s right for you?

Having stable matting can be fantastic, they will protect your horse, save you money and save you time! The big questions is, which ones do you need? With many styles on the market is seems hard to find which ones will suit you best.

We stock a range of different stable matting; this isn’t to make it harder, it’s just to ensure we have all bases covered! The three styles most used in stables are:

The Bubbletop Stable Mat

This mat is great if you have an older or younger horse that has trouble getting up or down. It has drawing pin size bubbles on the top side to give the best anti-slip surface possible. The down side is, with all that extra grip, it is a pain to sweep clean if you use shavings or pellets. This mat has grooves on the underside to assist with drainage.

The Amoebic Stable Mat 

This mat has a low-profile pattern which makes it easy to sweep clean and maintain. For this reason, it is our most popular mat, as who wants to spend all their time mucking out? Your horse will still get loads more grip than before as rubber is far more slip resistant than concrete. The grooves on the underside are for drainage.

The Cobbletop Stable Mat

This mat is the middle man, it has a rolling bubble pattern so offers more grip than the Amoebic mat yet is easier to sweep clean than the Bubbletop mat. This mat also has grooves on the underside to aid drainage.

If you have any questions or doubts we are only a phone call away and are happy to talk you through each of the mats and send you samples so you can see them for yourselves!

With nationwide delivery, you need to decide if you want to fit them yourselves, have them fitted or get them sealed.

Fully Sealed installation

With this type of installation the mats are glued together using our Stable Sealant and expansion joints to ensure the stable is fully sealed. We use expansion gaps to allow the mats to freely expand and contract naturally. This type of installation means nothing gets under the mats so you don’t have to lift them out and clean underneath.

Loose Laid installation

 with this installation we cut the mats so there are no gaps to minimise the amount of fluid that gets underneath. Unfortunately, you will still need to take the mats out every year to clean them out.

We are based in the East of England and mainly cover the South East for installations however, we do cover most of the UK. For a free quote or any advice please call 01787 886929 | Sales@horsemat.co.uk | Facebook

Our Service Promise

When you buy from Horsemat Ltd. We are make a promise to you. Our service promise covers the following things, with a brief description on each point. If their anything you need to know please get in contact us. 01787 886929, sales@horsemat.co.uk

Free Advice

Whether you are just looking or you are committed to buying, we are on hand to talk via phone or e-mail to answer any questions you may have. We are able to work out how many mats you need as well as going through the different options to ensure you get the right one for you and your horse!

– Honesty

We pride ourselves on our integrity; we would rather not sell you a product than sell you something that won’t work. We will also talk the through the benefits of our different products and services and will advise you on the best one for you (not the most expensive).

 Experience

Our Staff have over 65 years of combined experience with rubber and equestrian matting. So it doesn’t matter if you want to use matting in a conventional way or not we are on hand to help you with your project, no matter how wacky it may be.

– Installation

We offer three different types of installation and will go through the pro’s and con’s for each one with you. We also promise that you will be happy with the installation when we leave. If something were to go wrong afterwards; we promise to do everything we can to put it right.

Personal Service

Horsemat Ltd. is here to help you. No matter how many mats you want we promise to do everything we can to make your purchase as easy as possible. If you think we could improve on anything, we would love to hear how!

– Reputable Company

Horsemat Ltd. is a reputable company that has been trading over 10 years. We are VAT registered with a registered address and landline telephones. This means you can buy in confidence knowing that if you have a problem, we will still be here to sort it out for you.

– Bespoke Service

Our service is tailored to you whether it is getting your delivery to you on a certain day, or having something made, cut or designed specially for you, we have all the tools required to make it happen for you.

– Measuring & Site Visit*

If you are unsure about any of your measurements, or would like to see one of our team we are able to visit you on site and talk through all the options and measure your stables, horse walker , paddocks or walkways. *Please note there may be a charge involved which we would discuss this with you before hand.

 

 

How do stable mats save you money?

We all like to save money and everyone has heard that matting can save you money however, after getting a quote, many are left thinking there is no way you will ever save more than you spend. Here is a quick guide to let you how you can actually save money! 

 

Bedding

Firstly you can reduce your bedding by at least a third although, as we all know, our beasties are all different, it is not an exact science, a bit of trial and error and common sense!  If you are lucky and there is lots of dry bedding you can take some more out, after all, once you have matting down, the bed is really only there to soak up urine! If your stable is wet and smells put some more back! As a rough guide if you are spending £100 on bedding each month then you could save £33 per month! The first year the mats will pay for themselves then after that, it is just money in the bank… or on other equine stuff! 

 

Time

What price on our time? This is something none of us have enough of and the little you do have, you don’t want to spend more time than necessary mucking out the horses! Well the good news is once you are using less bedding you have less to clear out so you should be able to get round faster leaving you more time to ride! 

 

Waste

This is really just an extra little benefit, in addition to the main first two however, every penny counts in today’s world! Now you’re using less bedding you will be throwing less away! So no matter how you get rid of it, it will become less frequent! 

 

So now you know how it saves you money, you now have the hard task of finding the right mats and service for you! Although, if you call or drop us an e-mail we would be delighted to talk you through the different options! If not, CLICK HERE to get over to our website and have a look for yourself! 

 

Thanks for reading! Team Horsemat!

 

Fire Safe Matting

Our NEW FIRE SAFE matting range is designed for high-wear applications in buildings, public places, trains, buses, plains, ships – in fact anywhere that strict fire regulations apply for safety reasons.

The material is a synthetic rubber floor covering produced in a range of colours and surface finish. As an example, it meets the stringent requirements of the UK Rail Industry conforming to BS6853:1999 Cat 1a and 1b and comes with an M1 flame resistance qualification.

Particularly designed for public transport such as trains the material has some impressive specifications including ;

BS475 P7 Spread of Flame; BS6853:1999 D8.6 Low Smoke; BS6853:1999 B4.2 Non Toxicity; BS6853:1999 Fire Behaviour; BS476 pt 6 Fire Behaviour; SATRA TM 144 Slip Resistance; BS7976-2:2002 Slip Resistance; DIN 53 516 Abrasion Resistance; ASTM D4060 Abrasion Resistance; E6264 Graffiti Resistance; E6264 Chemical Resistance

The material is supplied in 3mm or 4mm thickness roll form and can be supplied with various patterns or textures according to your requirements. It is normally bonded down to the underlying floor, and suitable adhesives depending on the floor material, can also be provided.