Horse Stalls 101 | By: American Stalls | Date on: 11/1/2021

Apart from our horse stalls, we receive many curious questions regarding our horse stall mattresses. At American Stalls, we carry the best-selling StableComfort stall mattress for horse stalls. Below are answers to a handful of frequently asked questions regarding our horse stall mattresses.

QUESTION: What is the difference between a Stall Mattress and interlocking rubber mats for horse stalls?

ANSWER: Both stall mattresses and interlocking rubber mats are flooring options for horse stall interiors. Interlocking rubber mats are 3/4″ thick mats that are laid in an interlocking grid pattern. These mats are the only component included in an interlocking stall mat kit.

In contrast, a stall mattress system includes four core components. These components include:

  1. 2.5″ Thick Rubber Crumb Filled Mattress
  2. Rubber Crumb to be applied over mattress
  3. 1/4″ thick, seamless rubber top cover
  4. Heavy-duty fastening strips

QUESTION: How do you clean the mattress? Is it sanitary?

ANSWER: The StableComfort mattress system is incredibly sanitary and healthy – so much so that we recommend it to facilities that particularly need are sensitive to biosecurity measures.

The StableComfort mattress system is a wall-to-wall waterproof system that includes a seamless top cover. In contrast to interlocking or straight edge rubber mats, the top cover is fixed to the stalls’ side, back, and front walls. This means that it is non-draining and waterproof. It only means that you don’t have to worry about any liquids or urine getting under the top cover.

When it comes time to clean, we recommend to use cleaning products such as a diluted bleach mixture or and mild cleaning detergents. You can also power wash your horse stall mattress system.

QUESTION: I’m having a hard time visualizing the actual horse stall mattress. Can you walk me through what it actually looks in a stall?

ANSWER: As they say, a picture(s) is worth a thousands words! Below is a visual breakdown of our StableComfort stall mattresses from start to finish.

The first components are the rubber-filled mattress itself and the rubber crumb applied over the mattresses. You can see in the below two photos these two represented. The first left photo shows the mattresses laid down in the horse stall. Once the mattresses are laid flat in the stall (right), rubber crumb is then applied over to ensure that the mattress base is level.

Once the mattress and rubber crumb are applied, it is time for the top cover to be installed. The top cover is cut to be custom fit for your horse stall’s size – whether it is a 12×12 stall or a 16×16 stall. Each top cover is slightly larger than the stall’s base. This is to ensure that there is enough extra material to be fastened to your horse stall’s wall. The below right photo shows a stretched out top cover laid over the mattress and rubber crumb.

Once the top cover is installed, it is time to fasten the top cover to the horse stall’s wall. The bottom left photo shows the plastic fastener strips used to then fixate the top cover to the side and back walls. Any excess top cover is then cut off with a blade to provide an aesthetically appealing look. The end result is the bottom right photo – a safe, functional, and elegant horse stall floor.

QUESTION: What is the best type of stall flooring to install the mattress over?

ANSWER: We recommend clients to install their stall mattresses over a flat concrete base. This ensures a level base that is easy to then also fasten the plastic strips to the horse stall walls. That being said, gravel and crushed stone are also satisfactory bases. We only recommend to double confirm that those surfaces are compacted down and flat.

Do you have any questions regarding our Stall Mattress systems? Our team is here to help guide you every step of the way to ensure you receive the horse stall flooring. Please kindly feel free to send us an email at or a call at (855) 957-8255. Alternatively, you can also complete a Contact Us Form.

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