We repaired and upgraded the horse stall floor of a barn with several stalls in McKinney, Tx.
If a horse stands in a particular spot, the area underneath can become soggy. In some cases, the area will never drain or dry out. This is what happened here in McKinney. The soaked mud became soft under the weight of the horses, and needed to be addressed.
The solution is to remove the damaged soil areas and replace the wet topsoil with a new, more sturdy material—one that absorbs moisture!
In order to accomplish a floor replacement the straw was removed. Then we removed mats. From there, any damaged areas (mucky nasty mud) was removed. The stalls were filled with a course base material, and then a finer top coat. The areas were leveled & packed. Some water was applied to begin the curing process. Lastly, the mats were replaced and new bedding was put down.
In this case, we used two types of crushed recycled concrete to make a stable base, and then used a recycled asphalt to use in common areas in the center of the barn. The result is a clean, medium-hard surface that will properly drain and last for many years to come.
There is a natural give to the materials we used that simulates solid ground, but is not hard like cement or new asphalt. We've found that many horse trainers dislike the more denser materials since it can be harder on the horses feet and legs than necessary.
The employees and horse trainers there will notice a huge reduction in dust particles. The horses will notice a firmer, safer floor without pockets of sagging.
Timeframe & Maintenance:
The process of installation is relatively fast depending on how many stalls are done, and how bad the soil underneath is (but just a few days because we use the right equipment for the job). Concrete and asphalt, however, do possesses an interesting characteristic—it hardens with moisture and heat. So, as time progresses, the horse stalls will become even more sturdy and long-lasting.
Maintaining them once we leave is just a matter of watering areas we point out and waiting until a few warm days to heat the materials, both heat and water will help to bind the materials together.
Take a look at our recently completed projects! These are all jobs we were asked to do for your neighbors here in North Texas! Enjoy!