The generic brand is MUDGRIDS. They are definitely not “Mats” but rock solid cleverly designed interconnectable grids with horse friendly apertures. The hoof friendly anti slip, design surface feels like textured concrete underfoot and there is no ‘give’, so for this reason they are internationally also referred to as “slabs”. 

Mudgrids are made in Germany from 100%post-consumer recycled and recyclable plastic.

MUDGRIDS measure 50cm x 50cm and are 5.3cm high.Each grid weighs approx. 6.7 kg and there are 4 grids to a square metre.

MUDGRIDS are rated to 60 tonnes per square metre.

They are covered by a 20 year manufacturer’s warranty but can be expected to last longer than that.

We strongly recommend initially putting a good amount of sand on top of the grids to give extra grip until animals become accustomed to the surface. Read more about use of sand here.

MUDGRIDS can be and safely with horses, cows, alpacas and sheep.

Just about any solid surface gets slippery when iced over. Therefore, if a hard frost is forecast we recommend leaving any hay, mud or manure on top to or otherwise putting fresh sharp sand down. The textured slab surface still gives grip unless it was already covered with water which then froze solid). Check out these videos - Video1 and Video2

If it’s lumpy and hard ground, then yes – the slabs won’t lie flat, they will rock back and forth on large, dried lumps. Therefore that sort of surface would be best raked or graded or put sand down to bed the slabs onto. If the area is sunken, as in a high use gateway, then bringing the level up with topsoil and putting the slabs on top to protect it works well. 

Yes, ifit’s really deep then mud may come up through the holes and will need to bescraped and hosed off. If this is a problem or worsens a membrane under them willhelp prevent mud (and later grass) from coming up through the holes.

Generally quite easy, although if the mud has filled up the grids on the underneath of the slabs and dried out, they will be stuck and weighted down. Lifting a whole row at a time (so you are only trying to undo the joins in one direction) is best, just pull a whole row away from the next row. A spade used at an angle on the leading edge will also help to dislodge the grids. Then pull the grids apart then knock them together to get the mud plugs to drop out.

No, to the contrary MUDGRIDS actually protect the ground underneath. The grass will grow up through the holes if you want so you can graze or mow over the top of them. If you don’t want grass to grow through, putting a membrane down first is the answer. If you decide to lift the grids, the ground underneath might just need rolling to break up the mud ‘plugs’.

Yes, up to about 20 degrees, above that making ‘steps’ is recommended.

They are 5cm in diameter. If you are worried about little paws or feet, filling the holes with sharp sand or pea gravel is the answer.

The delivery driver will have a tail lift truck and can move the pallet with a jack as long as there is smooth hard tarmac or concrete surface.

When looking at a surface for a yard, drive or path, a lot of people immediately think of concrete. However, not only is concrete production environmentally impactful, it can also cause damage to the most fertile layer of the earth. By creating a hard surface, you increase surface run off which in turn can actually cause further flooding problems, soil erosion and water pollution.

Concrete is typically up to four times more expensive than MUDGRIDS per square metre and likely requires extensive and expensive ground preparation, council permits and installation by professionals. It’s also there for good. Where as MUDGRIDS are portable, and re saleable.

Yes and there are also pick up locations in Mt Wellington and Nor-west Auckland by prior arrangement. MUDGRIDS are alsoavailable from The Animal Feed Barn Hamilton.

Freight is calculated on a tonnage basis depending on location and charged at cost. Rural delivery may incur a surcharge.

Full pallet orders (164 units) are either freight free or freightsubsidised depending on delivery location.

Minimum order for collection from Mt Wellington –12 units
No minimum order for collection from Coatesville or purchase from The Animal Feed Barn.
Freight costs for delivery may be restrictive under24 grids (4m2).

We are ordering full container loads subject to demand and our intention is to always have some stock on hand but this cannot be guaranteed.

The grids do need something to stick to, so always best to lay them in a bit of mud which will also help bind them together likeglue. Ideally somewhere where in between the mud and dry ground. So don’t leave it until the worst of winter!