Several years ago I visited this unique historic site in Minnesota. The huge old hip roofed barn intrigued me because a method of horse stall flooring had been used in a way that I tried to accomplish several years earlier. I wanted my stalls to have great drainage, be good for the horses to stand on, and require little maintenance. I installed a 14" x 3' dry well in each stall and filled it with pea rock. Over that I added two interlocking layers of 4" open-holed concrete block filled with pea rock under and between the layers. The top layer was filled with sand. The cost was about $200 per stall, and it worked perfectly as I hoped. The drainage is superb and cuts down a lot on bedding and maintenance. There is always enough debris over the top layer of block to cushion horse's legs and feet.
Today one can buy plastic grid material to accomplish something similar, but the cost per stall would be more like $1000. Time in labor might be about the same as I way I did it.
However, the genius farmers and horsemen of yesteryear had another plan they carried out on the horse stalls in the old barn. Note the first photo in this article. They cut cylinders of wood, likely a hard wood, perhaps a foot or so long, and placed them upright in the horse stalls, filled with sand between, to create an inexpensive, permeable, level surface. It must have been kind to the horse's bodies and stable for them to stand on, while providing excellent drainage. ... See MoreSee Less
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A very good article on the topic of stable flooring, materials and design for easy maintenance and drainage. ... See MoreSee Less