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    Case Studies

  • Client: Australian horse breeder
  • Location: Northern Victoria
  • Date: October 2019

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A leading horse breeder rebuilding four stables on a stud farm in rural northern Victoria wanted to modernised the stables using an innovative, functional solution that offered a professional finish. Each stable required a surface stabilisation solution that would provide adequate drainage and comfort for the animals while requiring minimal maintenance and offering a long life. Having seen GEOHEX™ on social media and being used in other applications, the horse breeder was keen to see the product in person and visited the GEOHEX™ stand at Equitana.

The four stables, which had previously featured simple dirt floors, required a solid base that offered permeability to ensure that urine and water could pass through and drain away from the horses’ living quarters. Concrete was not a viable option as the flooring needed to be easy on the horse’s feet and also comfortable enough for the animals to sit and sleep on.

The customer chose to install the GEOHEX™ Erosion Control System themselves – a common option for many of our customers, given that installing the product is a very simple process. The stable staff installed the GEOHEX™ system using a rubber mallet to secure the GEOHEX™ pavers into position in the base layer. A spirit level was then used to ensure the surface was level. The customer used sand as the base layer underneath the GEOHEX™ system, with the infill material being a mixture of sand and sawdust. Once installed, the customer spread a 100mm top layer of sawdust across the stable floor for added comfort and to stop the horses eating the sand.

The customer had initially considered bricks to stabilise the floors in the new stables, which is quite a traditional solution in the equine industry. Bricks, while permeable, cannot disperse liquid quick enough and the urine soaks into the brick material meaning the smell lingers in the stable for a lengthy period. Because of this, a brick base wasn’t the right solution for this customer, whereas the GEOHEX™ Erosion Control System offered the cleanest, most suitable long term solution due to its ease of installation, low maintenance and sturdy, yet permeable nature.