Warrnambool-based horse trainer, Tom Dabernig, decided to transform the bedding solutions at his stables by replacing the conventional concrete floors with NumatAGRI’s high-quality Kura equine rubber matting. The aim was to increase comfort for the horses, reduce bedding usage, and improve the overall efficiency of cleaning routines.
The Problem: Inefficient and Unsafe Bedding Systems
Operating from Warrnambool Racing Club, Victoria, Tom was utilizing traditional concrete flooring, overlaid with substantial bedding, for his stables. Not only did this require significant amounts of bedding material, but it also created safety issues for the horses, who often slipped while trying to stand. Additionally, the intensive cleaning process required to maintain these stables was laborious and resulted in a dusty environment detrimental to equine respiratory health.
The Solution: Kura Equine Rubber Matting
After a thorough review of available products on the market, Tom decided to install Kura’s equine rubber matting, a high-quality, durable solution known for its long-lasting performance. The innovative design and material of Kura rubber matting provided a firm, consistent surface that significantly improved the safety and comfort of the horses. This change reduced the depth of bedding required, creating substantial cost savings and a cleaner environment.
Tom commended the switch, saying, “Since using the Numat, we stable probably three-quarters of the box. Sawdust that we put on top doesn’t have to be as thick and we find that the horses are very comfortable. They’re happy to lie down. The staff really love using it for the cleaning of the stables.”
Outcomes and Benefits
Kura’s rubber matting has proven to be a beneficial investment for Tom and Warrnambool Racing Club. Not only has it contributed to significant bedding savings, but it also increased the safety and comfort levels of his horses. The rubber matting’s durability has ensured its condition remains as good as the day it was installed.
“In regards to the durability of the product, Tom elaborated, “One of the advantages I see is it’s a very hard-wearing rubber. It sits very firm and consistently on the stable floor. Some of the rubbers that I’ve used as flooring in the past can tend to get wavy or bubbles under them and shift… Since we’ve had Numat, it’s probably as good as the day that we laid it and I just think it’s a very good quality product.”
He concludes, “Financially it’s a start to big savings. I certainly could never see myself going back to conventional bedding over concrete. I think it’s a superior product and I could highly recommend it.”