Mat Myths

Mat Myths


MATS can be beneficial, but do not solve all equine issues. In fact, they can promote problems. However, with some awareness, you can optimize mats’ utility.

Mats are NOT a substitute for bedding. In fact, without ample bedding, they promote lameness. Rubber gets cold. That makes horses sore. How would you feel if you slept on a cold wet bed? You’d ache. Lots of bedding insulates, to keep horses comfy.

Some mats may not seem slippery. But: heads up. Be careful. You don't want your horse being unstable in the truck. Try watching when a horse gets up from a nap. His feet may slide too wide and strain. Have you ever known a horse to wake up lame? Sometimes they slip getting up on mats or get cast against the wall. Plenty of bedding can solve the sliding.

So, really deep bedding is most beneficial. It may seem counter-intuitive, but bedding deep and picking often will conserve bedding and dramatically CUT COSTS. Here’s how bedding statistics perpetuate myths, as well as sound routines.

We all know a good night’s sleep makes a WORLD of difference. Make it easy for your your horse to be successful.

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Ruthann Smith has spent a lifetime studying sound horsemanship- both as a groom for top international horses and as a renowned braider. Quietly twisting manes atop a ladder, she watched and learned in some of the best stables in the world.

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