Buying Tips

Horse & Rider

  • Horses are heavy and our stable mats (except the M10) are light. To keep them in place without moving, it is essential to have the mat edges lay tightly together and also against the four walls. There should be no gaps between the mats, or between the mats and walls. Where there is no wall then a wooden batten must be screwed into the floor. If there are any gaps the mats will become displaced and need re-laying.

  • On horse box and trailer floors the M7 or M70 and the M11 ramp mats should all be secured using 1½” posidrive screws.

  • M13 and M14 can be purchased by the metre.

  • Unless otherwise stated all mats are usually available ex-stock.

  • The standard size for a general purpose mat tends to be 6′ x 4′ x ¾” (17mm).  As they are primarily sold for cow kennels that have no supporting walls they need to be heavy and immobile. Equally, they are not subject to the rigours of urine infestation so the mats do not need to be 100% latex. To reduce costs many manufacturers will either shave a milimetre or two off the thickness or will add bulking agents such as chalk or clay.

  • Equine urine is highly corrosive and will break down all binding and bulking agents necessitating as pure a latex mix as possible. All Fieldguard rubber mats are formed with a high natural rubber content to a specific gravity of 1.2-1.4 gm/cc (identical to car tyres).

  • When buying stable mats, if they are intended to be used in conjunction with reduced bedding (rather than just litter) the thickness of the mat is largely immaterial. A 12mm mat is as effective as a 15-18mm one. When buying on purely cost considerations it therefore makes sense to consider the more easily managed 12mm mats rather than the more expensive 15-17mm versions. The safest minimum thickness with small amounts of additional bedding (¼ bale or less of shavings) that will obviate discomfort and damage to a laying horse is 17mm).

  • The use of sealant or adhesive with any mat laid on a stable floor is not advisable as there is no sealant that stands up to the corrosive effects of the ammonia in urine beyond about six months.

  • Mats may look uninviting to humans but horses will happily and comfortably lie on any correctly designed rubber bed.

  • Giving a specific time guarantee is meaningless as the manufacturers have no control over how the mats are cared for or used. Offered guarantees must be specific to wear, smell, starting to break down, pitting of top surface. Latex is a natural product that starts to perish after about 12 years. Under normal usage and care all our stable rubber mats should have a long and useful life span while the EVA mats have a proven life in excess of twenty years.

  • All Fieldguard rubber products are constituted from 70% reclaimed rubber and 30% virgin latex. With colour mats the ratio is 50% reclaimed rubber, 20% Nitrile (a petroleum based artificial rubber used in car tyres) and 30% virgin latex No binding or baulking agents are used. Colour mats are better quality than black ones.

  • Provided urine is regularly scoured from surfaces with a suitable cleaning fluid such as Green Gloop, none should start to deteriorate until well into their second decade of use.

  • All Fieldguard mats carry a full warranty against faulty workmanship.