What are the issues with any horse walker flooring?
Longevity - how long will it last and what happens when it starts to degrade.
Suitability for horses - how does the surface absorb impact from the horse's hooves and is this too great or too little.
Constant use by horses means the floor will slowly wear and deteriorate and sometimes becomes hazardous for the horses to walk on the surface. The biggest risk is the horses slipping or tripping and cutting/ grazing legs and hocks on the surface.
Benefits of rubber in horse walkers:
Rubber offers superior grip. In comparison to concrete rubber is extremely slip-resistant even when wet which makes the horse walker a safer environment to exercise your horses. Another benefit to the horses is that a secure rubber surface boosts the horse's confidence when walking due to the superior grip and comfort.
Rubber absorbs the shock and impact of the hooves and reduces stress on tendons and joints. It's important for any horse owner to limit potential injury to their horses so they are able to work and train harder for better performances.
Costs can be saved by extending the time between reshoeing horses as the rubber absorbs impact and extends the lifespan of shoes.
Cleaning is quicker and easier which not only keeps the horse walker clean but also saves you time and money doing routine tasks.
What rubber should I choose for my horse walker?
Rubber pavers: specifically designed for high traffic areas such as horse walkers. Also, attractive colour options available for these pavers.
Rubber interlocking tiles: purpose-built for horse walkers, these tiles are extremely durable and comfortable to walk on.
Rubber sheets with interlocking sides: This type of matting is typically a 6" x 4" rubber sheet cut to fit the shape of the walker.
What other options are there?
Sand: relatively cheap however sand is an alternative option to rubber depending on the installed base of the horse walker. One of the main drawbacks is that the horses will create a compacted rut around the walker. A responsible operator should therefore level the surfaces regularly which is extra work and requires specialist tools.