Good flooring in barn aisle ways is just as important as good footing in arenas—if not more so, as horses are passing in much tighter quarters, potentially with hazards like tack boxes, wheelbarrows, blankets and more scattered throughout.
Barn aisles need to be easily cleanable and not slippery. In addition, they must be durable to bear the hefty mass of horses, as well as their metal shoes.
The most cost-effective flooring in general work areas is concrete. Leaving part of the slab exposed and covering it with rubber mats where the horses will stand (like grooming areas), is both durable and economical. While there are a plethora of mat options, equine-specific rubber mats typically have a sealed surface that allows them to be cleaned more easily. If you choose this route, be sure to periodically pull up the mats, cleaning the underside and the concrete underneath. Allow the mats to dry fully before placing them down again.
Barn aisles are not meant to be hosed out often, though they can accept some water applications. Rubber pavers are a great choice for barn aisle ways, though they are fairly expensive to buy and install. Pavers are ideal as they drain naturally if placed over compacted grit or sand. Should they come into contact with urine and water, the liquid drains through them
For a more cost-effective solution, a concrete slab work well in aisle ways. Simply push a broom over the surface of the still-wet concrete or get a larger-pore asphalt to offer horses and humans a bit more traction when the surface has set.
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