Most stable surfaces such as concrete, dirt, clay or aggregate (loose fill) floors - are hard on animals standing for extended periods of time. Large amounts of bedding are required to offer the cushioning support needed. Tenderfoot Stable Mats are easily installed over any surface. Resilient, durable properties allow maximum support and traction, while anti-fatigue qualities reduce the amount of stress on your horse’s legs, back and muscles.
Tenderfoot Stable Mats are a full 3/4” (19mm) thick and tight fitting. Ask your dealer about adhesives/caulking to seal and glue mats together or allow the bedding to pack into the seams creating a natural caulking. A modest amount of bedding used along with Tenderfoot Stall Mats absorbs waste atop the mats. Removing the soiled bedding allows you to remove nearly 100% of the waste and odour.
With Tenderfoot Stable Mats, the amount of bedding needed is dramatically reduced. The mats provide cushioning support the horse needs, making it necessary to keep only enough bedding to absorb the waste. Your daily maintenance costs will be reduced up to 50%, saving both time and money.
This versatile product can be used for stables mats, breezeway and concrete floor coverings as well as truck, float and trailer flooring.
Many well known farms, companies and entities use our product. It has been tried and tested over the years and has out performed most expectations of our customers. Some examples are:
|Material:||100% Recycled Rubber|
|Size:||4ft x 3ft or Approximately1220mm x 922mm|
|Weight:||28kg / Sheet|
Yes, polymer bonded mats are much softer than vulcanised mats. Vulcanised mats rely on extreme pressure to bond the rubber together. This process compresses all of the air pockets from the rubber resulting in a very hard mat. Tenderfoot Stable Mat’s space age polymer bonding agent is specifically designed to provide the utmost strength, resilience and cushioning to our mats for maximum comfort. It has sustained the integrity, flexibility and strength throughout the mat even after many years of extensive use.
Most mats are manufactured using a vulcanisation process. During manufacturing, sulphur is mixed with rubber, heated and pressed in moulds while emitting harmful pollutants into the air. These mats have a sulphur, or rotten egg odour.
Tenderfoot Mats are manufactured with an environmentally safe space age polymer-bonding agent on a continuous press. This allows RB Rubber to offer a variety of sizes and factory sheared edges for a tighter fit. By substituting vulcanisation with our space-age polymer, our customers receive a stronger, more resilient mat. [Before 1995, RB Rubber mats were constructed by vulcanising. After significant research and concern for the environment, it was decided that polymer bonded mats were far superior.]
The amount of traction in a mat is directly related to the softness or hardness of the mat, this is called the “co-efficient of friction”. The harder the surface, with or without texturing (pebbles, ridging, grooves etc), the more slippery the mat is. The softer the mat, with or without texturing, the more traction the mat will provide. The trick is to get the mats soft and strong... and that is what Tender Foot has done!
Grooved mats appear to have great advantages over non-grooved mats. Remember, a mat is only as thick as its thinnest point or only as strong as its weakest point. Grooved mats are an advantage to the manufacturer in that they require less material to produce and can be sold for the same amount as a regular, non-grooved mat. This means that when you purchase a 3/4” (19mm) thick grooved mat, you actually get the strength of a 1/2” (12mm) thick mat. When installing a grooved mat over concrete, the mat collapses between the grooves. Over loose fill or aggregate surfaces, the grooves fill up, choking any ventilation the manufacturer promised. When installing grooved mats over any surface, the grooves become a prime area for bacteria to grow and multiply.
Large mats have drawbacks! Large mats, such as a 6’ x 12’ (1.8m x 3.6m) weigh up to 130k. and were not designed for livestock use. In fact, they were made for conveyor belts and other machinery. Those mats are very hard and contain fibres such as nylon and rayon. These fibres do not expand and contract with the rubber, eventually resulting in curling, cracking and shrinking. If the mats are too small they cannot endure the weight of the animals that will be standing and travelling on them. A 550kg horse screwing around on one hind leg will lift, tear and displace smaller mats. We know this because we replace a lot of yearling barn and stallion breeding barn flooring for this reason.