Among the new exhibitors at this year's Equine Event are Kraiburg Stable Mats. Kraiburg has only launched in the UK in 2000, but it is already Europe's leading manufacturer of high quality, cost effective animal matting systems with over 40 years specialist experience.
More and more horse owners are changing from traditional forms of bedding to rubber surfaces. The arguments are becoming familiar.
Firstly, from the horse's point of view. Rubber is soft, warm and insulating. It's dust free, a real bonus for COPD sufferers. Its comfortable to stand on, and reduces the risk of knocks and bumps. Kraiburg surface textures are specially developed for the animal market not all products are to offer excellent slip resistance.
Secondly, from the owner's: you can save time on mucking out, reduce your muck heap and your bedding storage and in less than a year you'll have slashed your bedding costs.
Kraiburg can offer a complete range of stable matting, from loose box mats to horsewalker and wet area systems, to trailer mats for floors and walls. There's an excellent anti-slip rubber ramp mat, and a range of rubber paving bricks for walkways and parade rings. All mats are made from 100% solid rubber that will not break up, rot or compress. The surface is totally non-porous making the mats hygienic and easy to clean. Kraiburg products are extremely tough - in fact Kraiburg offers up to 15 years manufacturer guarantee against wearing out.
Although the quality is excellent, prices are highly competitive. Kraiburgs best selling Kenmat, which has a deep studded base for increased comfort and optimum drainage, costs just £42.90 per mat (£240 for a 12 x 12 box).
The Kraiburg website carries product information and case studies, together with up to date news on winning and qualifying horses and riders in Kraiburg sponsored competitions.