Some Thoughts and Tips from Steveafter 17 years selling Stallskins
Bought our first Stall Skin 15 years ago, and it still performs like the day we bought it! Most of our neighbors now have them after seeing how ours works.”Pat, FL
Our First Brochure
A blast from the past…
This may seem a bit wordy, but it’s worth reading if you’re considering purchasing Stallskins for your stalls/paddocks.
Your local soil conditions will determine what you need to do for base prep. But don’t over think it: if your horses are only stalled at certain times (weather, feeding, foaling, at night) you may only need minimal prep. Dig a small hole in your stall floor and pour some water in it. If it drains fairly quickly, you’re good-to-go.
If your horse pees a lot, or is stalled most of the day, gently slope the floor down to the center, dig a 2′ x 2′ x 1′ hole in the center, fill with gravel, and level the stall with compacted crushed rock.
Local geology will determine what your crushed rock will be (limestone, granite, etc.) We recommend what is called ‘1/2″ minus’ (no particle size larger than 1/2″.) We do not recommend sand or smooth pea gravel, as they won’t compact. The Stallskin material is pliable, and a soft base will leave the floor bumpy or uneven.
Feel free to call or email us with any questions you may have regarding drainage. We’ll be glad to help.
Increasing the Longevity of Stall Skins:
Though we have many Stall Skins still in use after 15 years, we thought this tip from a customer was clever and worth mentioning: if you have an extremely active horse wearing your Stall Skin in an uneven manner (doorway, feeder, etc.) simply strip the stall, detach the molding and rotate the Stall Skin… Square stalls can be rotated 3 times, rectangular stall twice. Sort of like rotating your truck’s tires… genius!
One of the most pleasant surprises (literally) is lack of odor compared to rubber mats. We credit that to the fact that Stall Skins breathe. Be sure to avoid leaving any organic material in your base material… mineral only. Organic material (old hay, straw, shavings) will decompose, and the bacteria will cause odor.
The other advantage of the material in Stall Skins being permeable is that you can disinfect the Stall Skin and underlying base with a simple Pinesol/water solution. Vet clinics find this to be helpful prepping stalls for new patients.
In 15 years, we’ve had less than a handful of calls regarding odor, and those were remedied with a Pinesol/water treatment.
Making a “soft” stall:
The “mattress” type stall flooring on the market today can cost up to $1,000.00 per stall and requires professional installation. You can recreate this “soft” flooring by placing 2″ of shredded, recycled tires under your Stall Skin… and it drains, saving money on bedding! Shredded, recycled tires are used in playgrounds and are safe and readily available.