I'm considering covering a cement barn floor with rubber stall mats, but I'm concerned that my curious, chew-on-everything goats will destroy them in short order. Does anyone have experience - positive or negative - with these? The mats I've seen locally appear to be a thick, rather stiff foam; and even some of the new ones have already started to crumble along the edges, which my goats would find irresistible to chew on! I've seen another type of mat online that appears to be more like a thick rubber sheet (1/2 or 3/4 inch thick) with a molded pattern on the surface for traction. Would this type be more goat-proof?
Post by Bob Breese on Dec 19, 2019 19:46:10 GMT -5
You would want heavy thick rubber mats, the kind that go by the term trailer mats or stall mats. I use them in my trailer and have never had an issue with them. With any kind of mat, however, you have to lift them up and clean out the urine that makes its way underneath. And they are heavy to lift. No, you do not want the goats on the cement floor.
Thanks, Bob. I assure you, I would never make my goats endure cold, hard cement floors! I've been using a dirt floor barn, but will be moving to a new cement floor barn this Spring. Was just hoping to learn if certain brands or types of mats work better than others, or if there are any tips on installing them that would perhaps discourage chewing or other damage. Your input was helpful. ~Kris