Located in Euroa, 150km northeast of Melborne, Victoria, Lindsay Park Racing is a private horse training facility with a formidable reputation.
As a leading racing stable, the facility strives for the best in horse care and training, with a focus on maintaining an environment that promotes both safety and peak performance. However, the widespread asphalt at the facility posed a significant safety concern – the smooth surface was slippery for horses wearing horseshoes. This issue demanded a reliable and robust solution.
“We were looking for a product that we could trust to provide a sure footing for the horses as they go around the complex,” shared Will Hayes, Assistant Trainer at Lindsay Park Racing. The answer to this challenge came in the form of innovative rubber flooring from Numat.
The Solution: Numat Rubber Matting
Numat’s rubber matting system was a comprehensive solution, offering safety and comfort for the horses in various environments. “For the flooring of the boxes, it was a no-brainer to have the new Numat rubber flooring because it allowed our horses to keep their feet dry and let us keep the boxes completely clean,” Hayes explained.
The rubber flooring wasn’t confined to the stables. It was also installed in areas like the water walker and swimming pool, where the material’s non-slip property was a significant advantage. “When it gets wet, it’s incredibly non-slip, and we haven’t had any problems with it at all,” Hayes noted.
Additionally, Numat’s rubber flooring was deployed in tie-ups and walkers, ensuring the horses’ safety even when they were at their most active or agitated. “We’ve never had any horses slip. We chose this premium product because we knew we could trust them,” Hayes stated.
Long-term Durability and Hygiene
The decision to use Numat’s rubber matting was not just about immediate benefits. The long-term durability and hygiene factors of the product played a significant role. “We’ve had the same matting for the past 15 years and found it an incredibly durable product,” Hayes said. “It provides an incredibly hygienic environment for the horses to live, and it’s a very dry environment for the horse’s hoof, which allows us to get the best out of every animal.”
Trust and Recommendation
The ultimate proof of the success of the Numat rubber matting project at Lindsay Park Racing comes from the trust the facility places in the product and their willingness to recommend it.
“The Numat matting provides an incredibly safe environment for the horses to get worked in, as we know that they’re fight or flight animals. But when they have the Numat matting underfoot, they’ve got good grip and they rarely go amiss,” Hayes said. “Overall, we find the Numat rubber surface a very trustworthy and dependable surface for our horses to work on. It’s very safe, and we’d recommend it ten out of ten times.”
In conclusion, the Numat rubber matting project at Lindsay Park Racing, Euroa, stands as an exemplary case of an innovative solution addressing a common challenge. It has not only enhanced the safety and wellbeing of the horses but also contributed to their performance. This success story underscores the importance of choosing quality products that are reliable, durable, and fit for purpose.