Do I need a Stall mat for my Horse?
What is your horse’s living situation?
Considerations for outdoor/pasture set-ups
Finally, if you feed in your shelters, loose dirt and sand can be very hazardous to your horse, likely to cause colic if too much sand is ingested. If using dirt flooring, try to keep the feed from direct contact with the ground through the use of a feed bag, hay net, or slow-feeding device, and be sure to regularly feed your horse Sand Clear or another psyllium product to move the sand through and out of his digestive system. You may also want to consider a stall mat in your shelter.
Stall mats are usually highly recommended as the top layer for a horse that is frequently indoors. They come in all types of styles, from simple, thick rubber mats laid side by side to interlocking puzzle piece style mats to complex systems with a crushed rubber mattress underneath the over layer. How your stall is set up and how you want to handle cleaning will dictate what form of stall mat you might choose.
Dirt, sand, or clay
What do you use in your barn? Do you own your stable or board, and how much say d you get in the flooring under your horse? Tell us what your favorite flooring is and why in the comments below.