Thank you for your reply and I'm sorry for the delay in responding. I've been working through basic things with my contractor like wall placement etc but now I think we have a plan. I will go out and take a couple of pictures today, now that some of the structure is in place, but my biggest question at the moment regards flooring. I obviously need a good flooring system for the wash stall which is divided from the tack room at one end, but contiguous with it at the other so the flooring system in the tack room needs to be horse friendly but also look nice and be easy to keep clean and be non slip. I also want to redo the flooring in my horse stall and I like the idea of the Thurobed Stall System but my biggest worry with that is the slipperiness of the top cover. My vet says that while it is great in veterinary hospital applications, it is slippery for horses with shoes, coming in from the snow etc. etc. I know there are different companies out there making similar products, so he may not be commenting on your product, but can you tell me what your top cover is like and do you have a sample which you could send to me? Also, would you recommend putting a concrete base under that flooring? Right now I have stone dust but I was thinking of having the stalls poured with concrete so that I would have a level, cleanable base going forward. Thanks for the help.
Hi Linda, we know that planning and construction takes time! I can give you some flooring ideas from my own experiences. Just remember to choose what works the very best for you and your horses. Its wonderful to be able to start with a 'clean slate' so your off to a good start! Personally I have had concrete in my grooming stalls with slightly slanted floors towards a good easy to maintain, grilled drain. The floors were 'broom swept' to create traction. On top of that, we use rubber wash down mats. They are fairly easy to remove (not too heavy), if needed, and the floor washes down easy. We purchased an overhead hose unit that makes bathing much easier. The grooming stall area has a window with our drop down mesh window grills, perfect for ventilation during the warm to hot months, and easy to open and clean.
Our tack room is right next to the grooming stalls. We choose to use a dark colored tile and had initials put in the center of the room. It was not much more to add a special touch! If you prefer to keep your floor the same 'through out' think about using concrete with a definite rough surface. If traction is still an issue, you can choose to use pavers. When choosing to use pavers on top of concrete, account for the height of the paver so that you isle will be level that you need it (including the paver). I have also had customers pour the concrete around the edges of the isle, then insert the pavers down the center walk way. The concrete keeps everything level, and the edges hold the pavers tightly in place. Another idea, if you choose to use concrete with all areas, you can have your concrete colored for your tack room or down your isle. Additionally, you can have your concrete stamped with different styles such as cobblestone, slate, etc. and this would give a different look for different areas. Just be sure to keep concrete rough where horses walk.
I personally love the Thurobed systems for my stalls. Our horses' attitudes changed after we got them and we always have 'nap time' in the barn around 10:00 a.m. Every horse lays down for a nap! I truly believe they are wonderful for any horse. Working horses will get well-needed rest because they will lay down. Horses that tend to have stiffness are much more comfortable. In general, horse owners that came to our barn during clinics always raved about their horses attitudes and performance. I use shavings in my stalls and have not had any problems with the cover being slippery, even during our Ohio winters. From drafts, warm bloods, quarter horses, ponies and minis, we have not had a problem with them being slippery. Our horses have been shod, barefoot and our draft had shoes with barium. No issues with wear, even with our largest horses!
Our Thruobeds are on tamped dirt with an approximate 6" stone screening over the dirt. You can put them on concrete or dirt floors, you just need to be sure that dirt bases are even and tamped. They are very easy to pick with the solid non-seam top cover. Bedding costs are less because you will find you don't have to use as much. Sorry to go on, I think you can tell I'm sold on them... and our customers are too! If you would like a sample of the top cover, please forward your address to me. I did not see any photos or a layout, but perhaps someone from our office is helping you. I hope this helps you. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I will be happy to help you!