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This NebGuide discusses various types of flooring for use in horse stalls.

Stalled horses require much greater care, attention and labor. The availability of optimal ventilation with fresh clean air circulation is essential to healthy horses. Adequate ventilation reduces the presence of air contaminants such as dust, molds and irritating gases from decomposing manure.

Materials used for stall floors can greatly influence air quality, ease of stall maintenance and manure removal. Stall floors must be made of durable material which is not slippery, yet is absorbent, easy to clean, and resistant to pawing. Whatever the materials used, floors should require minimum maintenance. Some commonly used flooring materials include: clay, sand/clay mixture, limestone dust, wood, concrete, asphalt, and rubber floor mats. Top soil should be removed before starting to build the stall floors to minimize settling.