What kind of athlete can carry a 120 lb person on their back, while jumping over hurdles, and running at speeds up to 50mph? You guessed it! Our 4-legged hoofed friend also known as the Horse.  Durathon-Classic--Animal-225x169

I am from Kentucky. And anyone that lives in (or around) Kentucky knows that the 1st Saturday in May is Derby Day. And while attending the actual race is normally set aside for celebrities and the upper class (along with the 20 something that is ready to party…), the Kentucky Derby is a tradition. From Mint Juleps to Derby Pie, the derby showcases one of the greatest features Kentucky is known for- their Horses.

Horses are athletes too. Although not often thought of this way, sports involving horses go way beyond the KY Derby. In the US alone, over 5 million horses are involved in some type of sport including; racing, horse shows, rodeos, etc… For many, Equestrian Sports is a full time commitment. Training and conditioning for a horse can be just as intensive as a professional basketball player.

So what does sports flooring have to do with horses? For a variety of reasons, many of our 4-legged athletes are housed in horse stalls within a stable and can spend upwards of 50% of the day in their stall. Horses can weigh anywhere from 1,000 – 2,000 pounds depending on breed. This takes a significant toll on their joints, especially since they are standing most of the day and night. Health and safety are the highest priorities for horse owners. A poorly constructed horse stall floor can lead to a slew of health issues. Solid or uneven equestrian surfaces are hard on the joints, and will delay recovery time from injuries. Absorbent floors are harder to clean and promote bacterial growth, leading to respiratory problems and illness. Surfaces without good traction and comfort can lead to injury from slips and falls.

Spencer Proud of Abacus Sports Installations, is a specialist in the installation of equine flooring and has installed thousands of square feet for horse stalls, vet clinics, zoos, etc… I asked him what the biggest concern that Equestrians have when selecting the right flooring, “All equestrians are concerned about slip/fall protection, bio-security and cleanability. They want a system that provides a comfortable slip resistant footing, is both anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, and can be easily cleaned using most detergents. This benefits them- and the horses. And our systems provide that”.

Sports flooring is not a one size fits all for every athlete- even for the mammal variety of athletes. However, characteristics that make up a good sports floor for the human athlete, are very similar for our hoofed friends as well. When searching for the appropriate horse stall flooring, it is important to look for the features that will support the long term health and safety of your animals.  There are several different rubber stall mats or seamless flooring features to consider including;

  • Cushioned for Comfort & EnergyEasier on Joints & Safer during Recovery
  • Easy to CleanMaintains Proper Hygiene
  • Durable & ResilientWithstand Weight from Horse
  • Good Traction & Slip Resistant Prevents Falls when Wet or Dry
  • Seamless & Non-Absorbent Prevents Bacterial Growth

And while your horse may not be the next Secretariat – or the favorite to win this weekend, he or she is still your highest priority. Choosing the right flooring is not an easy task. But doing your research and making the investment in the right floor will benefit you- and provide the right protection for your horse- in the long run.

For more information on flooring for Equine, Animal Hospitals, Vet Clinics, Zoos, or other animal facilities, click here to view our rubber and poured polyurethane products specially made for animals.

Abacus Sports Installations of Lancaster, PA is the exclusive Pulastic dealer for Robbins Sports Surfaces in the state of PA . For more information on Abacus Sports Installations please visit their website http://www.abacussports.com/ or call them at 800.821.4557.

 

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Pulastic® SP Track 160

Pulastic SP Track 160 is a high-end spike proof sports surface with outstanding safety and performance for the INTENSE track & field athlete.

System Features:

  • 16  mm
  • Point Elastic
  • Approved P2 according to EN 14904
  • F.I.V.B. (International Volleyball Federation), F.I.B.A (International Basketball Federation) and I.H.F. (International Handball Federation) approved, meets the criteria set forth by IAAF
  • ISO 9001 / ISO 14001 / CSR Level 3 (ISO 26000)


System Benefits:

  • Spike Proof and outstanding resiliency and comfort for multi-function activities.
  • Resiliency for comfort and injury prevention
  • Seamless, non-porous and smooth surface for easy maintenance, repair and the ability to be resurfaced
  • Contains recycled content and renewable raw materials
  • Water based finish virtually eliminating VOC content
  • Outstanding mechanical strength and outstanding wear resistance for minimum life-cycle cost and maximum usability
  • Outstanding ball bounce
  • Wide color selection

Similar Running Track & Field Systems Include:
Pulastic SP 140 | Durathon Elite Track | Durathon Elite Infield | Pulastic JV | Pulastic JV/JogS

Reference Projects: Running Tracks

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Pulastic® SP 140

Contributes to LEED CreditsEN Certified

PULASTIC SP 140 is a puncture resistant, highly shock absorbent, premium surface specially engineered for indoor running-spike usage. As one of our toughest systems, Pulastic SP 140 is the preferred choice for professional and non-professional indoor track and field usage. Pulastic SP 140 can also double as an excellent multipurpose surface. The system is comprised of a 10mm shock pad combined with our GM/SP resin, providing one of the most comfortable, shock absorbent, puncture proof surfaces in the world. Pulastic SP 140 is a standard for competition track construction.

  • 14 mm
  • Point Elastic
  • Approved P2 according to EN 14904
  • F.I.V.B. (International Volleyball Federation), F.I.B.A (International Basketball Federation) and I.H.F. (International Handball Federation) approved
  • ISO 9001 / ISO 14001


System Benefits:

  • Resiliency for comfort and injury prevention
  • Seamless, non-porous and smooth surface for easy maintenance, repair and the ability to be resurfaced
  • Contains recycled content and renewable raw materials
  • Water based finish virtually eliminating VOC content
  • Outstanding mechanical strength and outstanding wear resistance for minimum life-cycle cost and maximum usability
  • Outstanding ball bounce
  • Wide color selection
  • Pulastic SP 140 is perfect for Indoor applications including; Track & Field, Multi-purpose, Basketball, Fitness, Volleyball, Training Centers, and Ice Arenas

Similar Running Track & Field Systems Include:
Pulastic SP Track 160 | Durathon Elite Track | Durathon Elite Infield | Pulastic JV | Pulastic JV/JogS

Reference Projects: Pulastic Family

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Strata® Pro

Contributes to LEED CreditsEN Certified

Strata Pro systems bring all the outstanding benefits of the Strata Deluxe systems and pushes the envelope a little farther. By virtue of the prefabricated rubber basemat, STRATA Pro systems are Strata-Pro-Web-Imageunrivaled when it comes to comfort and provide excellent sound reducing qualities, making it an ideal choice for applications throughout most commercial facilities.

Strata Deluxe & Strata Pro Product Features:

  • Contains Rapidly Renewable raw materials and is VOC compliant
  • Ergonomic, Flexible and Resilient
  • Available in a wide range of solid colors and with Deco Flake or Marble Pattern accents
  • Good acoustic isolation reducing footfall sound
  • High strength and good mechanical resistance
  • Seamless, hygienic, and easy to maintain
  • Excellent adhesion in areas with heavy traffic and rolling loads
  • Optional integral cove base


All Strata Comm PL Systems are easy to maintain, durable and abrasion resistant, as well as chemical and stain resistant. The specially developed polyurethane topcoat provides lasting beauty, and minimizes the total life-cycle cost of the floor.

 

Similar Indoor Commercial Seamless Flooring Systems Include:
Strata Deluxe | Strata Flake | Strata Quartz  | Strata Neat | Strata Boutique

Reference Projects: Strata Comm Family

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Strata® Deluxe

Contributes to LEED CreditsEN Certified

Strata Deluxe systems are ergonomic floors specifically designed to increase comfort and lessen fatigue. Strata Deluxe is a fluid applied, seamless, resinous floor system that prevents issues Strata-Deluxe-Web-Imagecommonly associated with floor seams such as, open seams, moisture migration, and dirt-catch. It is both easy to clean and hygienic with an exceptionally strong polyurethane surface that holds up in areas with heavy traffic. With 18 standard color options to choose from, the attractive UV stable color options provide an aesthetically pleasing appearance, accommodating the design requirements of any space. This specially developed aliphatic topcoat provides excellent abrasion resistance, along with excellent chemical and stain resistance. By virtue of its lasting durability, and its easy restoration procedure, Strata Deluxe offers a lower life-cycle cost compared to the other flooring concepts used in the market today.

Strata Deluxe & Strata Pro Product Features:

  • Contains Rapidly Renewable raw materials and is VOC compliant
  • Ergonomic, Flexible and Resilient
  • Available in a wide range of solid colors and with Deco Flake or Marble Pattern accents
  • Good acoustic isolation reducing footfall sound
  • High strength and good mechanical resistance
  • Seamless, hygienic, and easy to maintain
  • Excellent adhesion in areas with heavy traffic and rolling loads
  • Optional integral cove base


All Strata Comm PL Systems are easy to maintain, durable and abrasion resistant, as well as chemical and stain resistant. The specially developed polyurethane topcoat provides lasting beauty, and minimizes the total life-cycle cost of the floor.

 

Similar Indoor Commercial Seamless Flooring Systems Include:
Strata Pro | Strata Flake | Strata Quartz  | Strata Neat | Strata Boutique

Reference Projects: Strata Comm Family

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Strata® Quartz

Contributes to LEED CreditsEN Certified

Strata Quartz by Robbins is a seamless and decorative floor composed of broadcast ceramic coated quartz aggregate encapsulated in a high quality epoxy binder, and sealed with a clear Strata-Quartz-Image-for-Webpolyaspartic sealcoat. The system provides a durable, lightly textured surface with excellent stain and chemical resistance, excellent abrasion resistance, and a UV stable sealcoat. Like Strata Flake, the Strata Quartz system is easy to maintain and hygienic, resulting in lower life cycle costs compared to tile, sheet goods, and carpet. Variable surface textures are available to produce a range of slip-resistant surfaces, depending on facility requirements and uses.

Strata Quartz Features:

  • Durable, impermeable and seamless
  • Superior mechanical resistance
  • Great chemical resistance
  • Low maintenance
  • Low VOC
  • Provides a cleaner, safer and more sanitary environment
  • High density prevents dirt penetration, which provides easy cleaning
  • Additional Options: Integral cove base and curbs
  • Available in various standard color patterns as well as custom color blends

Suitable Applications Include:
Classrooms, Warehouses, Hospitals, Healthcare, Laboratories, Auditoriums, Cafeterias, Kitchens, Lobbies, Mezzanines, Locker rooms, Restrooms, Showers, Mechanical, Storage rooms.

Similar Indoor Commercial Seamless Flooring Systems Include:
Strata Deluxe | Strata Pro | Strata Flake  | Strata Neat | Strata Boutique

Reference Projects: Strata Comm Family

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Strata® Flake

Contributes to LEED CreditsEN Certified

Strata Flake by Robbins is a seamless floor composed of factory blended multi-colored flakes broadcast in a high quality epoxy binder, which is coated with a clear polyaspartic sealcoat, givingStrata-Flake-Image-for-Web
the system a highly decorative appearance along with great chemical, stain, and abrasion resistance. In addition, this special polyaspartic sealcoat provides outstanding protection from the discoloring effects of UV exposure. The seamless surface makes Strata Flake easy to maintain and hygienic, resulting in a lower life cycle cost in comparison to other floor surface options. The extensive standard color palette provides a wide range of visual patterns that can match the aesthetics of any building design.

Strata Flake Features:

  • Seamless surface that is easy to clean and maintain
  • Durable and impermeable
  • High abrasion and impact resistance
  • Great chemical resistance
  • Optional integral base and curbs can be installed without seams or joints
  • Low VOC
  • A highly customizable aesthetic multi-colored finish
  • Variable surface texture to produce a range of slip-resistant finishes
  • Available in various standard color patterns as well as custom color blends

Suitable Applications Include:
Classrooms, Warehouses, Hospitals, Healthcare, Laboratories, Auditoriums, Cafeterias, Kitchens, Lobbies, Mezzanines, Locker rooms, Restrooms, Showers, Mechanical, Storage rooms

Similar Indoor Commercial Seamless Flooring Systems Include:
Strata Deluxe | Strata Pro | Strata Quartz  | Strata Neat | Strata Boutique

Reference Projects: Strata Comm Family

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Strata® Boutique

Contributes to LEED CreditsEN Certified

Strata Boutique is a resinous flooring system destined to generate striking first impressions. Boutique’s multi-dimensional, pearlescent designs bring depth and life to lobbies, retail areas, Strata Boutique2-resizedmuseums, and other high visibility spaces. Strata Boutique draws and maintains its stunningly distinctive aesthetics from its high-build aliphatic polyaspartic sealcoat containing special metallic pigment(s). This makes for a highly customizable appearance, very adaptable to a building’s individual decor and design, leaving no limits, only possibilities. 
The outstanding durability of the surface polyaspartic sealcoat, (i.e., chemical, stain and abrasion resistance, and UV color stability), assures lasting beauty and low life-cycle costs. Strata Boutique delivers on the promise to achieve seamless impact with vibrant, sophisticated colors that are long lasting and need little maintenance.

Strata Boutique Product Features:

  • Architecturally impactful floors
  • Design freedom to compliment a building’s decor
  • Beauty with long lasting durability
  • Easy care and maintenance
  • Low VOC
  • Available in various standard color patterns

 

Similar Indoor Commercial Seamless Flooring Systems Include:
Strata Deluxe | Strata Flake | Strata Quartz  |  Strata Neat | Strata Pro

Reference Projects: Strata Comm Family

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Strata® Neat

Contributes to LEED CreditsEN Certified

Strata Neat is a high quality epoxy resin that provides strong chemical, mechanical and stain resistance qualities. This seamless and solvent-free resin is perfectly designed as a durable protective Strata-Neat-Buildupcoating on concrete surfaces with normal to heavy wear. Strata Neat is ideal for parking garages, workshops, loading ramps and more. This concrete floor resin offers a perfect utilitarian surface for many areas within the educational, commercial, or industrial environments. With application of either of two optional surface finish coats, (gloss or matte finish), Strata Neat can be enhanced by adding outstanding abrasion resistance and UV enhanced color stability.

Strata Neat Product Features:

  • Good chemical and mechanical resistance
  • Standard Matte aesthetic finish (optional Gloss finish)
  • Slip resistant surface option
  • Durable, impermeable and seamless
  • Solvent-free, neutral odor
  • Economical utilitarian choice
  • Available in various standard colors as well as custom colors

 

Similar Indoor Commercial Seamless Flooring Systems Include:
Strata Deluxe | Strata Flake | Strata Quartz  |  Strata Boutique | Strata Pro

Reference Projects: Strata Comm Family

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