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Which Mats Are Right for My Horse Arena, Paddocks & Farm?

By July 20th, 2023No Comments

Whether you’re looking for arena base mats, paddock mats, or a solution for drainage and mud control around your barn or farm, Premier Equestrian offers a variety of safe and effective products to fit your budget and needs. Our Premier Geo Grid mats work great for drainage and ground stabilization, while the VersiGrid mat system is ideal for mud management. And when it comes to your riding arena, you can’t beat OTTO Sport Base Mats for concussion mitigation and water conservation.  

All these products are designed for quick drainage and stabilization, but their applications and additional benefits differ. So which product is right for your equestrian facility? Keep reading to learn more about each product, and their pros and cons.


Premier Geo Grid mats stabilize any surface around your home, farm, or barn where erosion can occur and where drainage is needed for standing water or stormwater run-off. Geo Grid mats eliminate the need for expensive drainage systems.  

Geo Grid mats do not lock together, so we recommend using them for smaller areas such as dog kennels, horse paddocks, RV pads, and gravel driveways. One advantage of the mats not having an interlocking system, though, is that it helps prevent them from buckling due to heat expansion—which makes Geo Grid mats an ideal option for warmer climates.

Premier Geo Grid Mats

Geo Grid mats are priced competitively and is great for DIY projects. It’s more affordable than VersiGrid, but because the mats are available in smaller quantities for purchase, it can require more labor to install. One box covers 36 square feet, a half palette covers 308 square feet, and a full palette covers 608 square feet. 

Geo Grid mats are made from 97% post-consumer recycled, reinforced high-density Polyethylene (the most used plastic in the world). It’s non-toxic and safe for horses and other animals. Geo Grid mats can be used in sensitive areas with volatile ecological systems (wetlands, protected lands, etc.) LEARN MORE ABOUT PREMIER GEO GRID MATS


VersiGrid muddy paddock


VersiGrid is designed for mud control and stabilization. The mats create a permeable and sustainable dirt, grass, or gravel surface. Designed with horse biomechanics in mind, VersiGrid is the strongest equine mud management footing and flooring grid system available.  

VersiGrid is available in light, medium, and heavy-duty versions, and can be used in a variety of locations: horse stalls and pens, barn and shed entrances, and wash, feed, and gate areas. When installed around your barn or farm to eliminate standing water and muddy surfaces, VersiGrid will help keep your horses and other animals clean, healthy, and happy.

versigrid installation

VersiGrid and Geo Grid are comparable products; they both work especially great in grassy areas like horse pastures to help support a rooting system. One key difference between the two is that VersiGrid features an interlocking mat system, while Geo Grid mats do not.  

These interlocking mats are available in large sheets, so they are easier to install and work well for areas with greater square footage. A pallet of 90 VersiGrid light duty, 1-inch-thick mats cover 1,080 square feet; a pallet of 60 VersiGrid medium duty, 1.5-inch-thick mats cover 720 square feet; a pallet of 45 VersiGrid heavy duty, 2-inch-thick mats cover 540 square feet. Because VersiGrid has to be ordered in larger quantities, however, it’s not as cost effective for smaller projects as Geo Grid.  

VersiGrid is made in the USA from 100% recycled materials and features a life-time warranty.  LEARN MORE ABOUT VERSIGRID 


Premier Equestrian is the North American distributor for OTTO Sport Base Mats—the world’s best arena base mats, featured in top equestrian facilities across the globe. Unlike Geo Grid and VersiGrid, OTTO Sport mats are designed specifically for horse arenas and turnouts—they are not intended for paddocks, pastures, driveways, etc.  

The OTTO Sport system provides cushion, rebound, and skid resistance; sand stabilization; and water retention and water drainage. A typical OTTO Sport dressage arena can retain as much as 4,800 liters of water after a heavy rainstorm—yet allows riders to resume work immediately due to superior drainage. The OTTO Sport system works especially well when installed in an Arion Ebb & Flow Arena.

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OTTO Sport Base Mats

OTTO Sport Base Mats are an investment, but the benefits far outweigh the cost. By installing an arena base mat system like OTTO Sport, you can help prevent injury to your equine athlete. Over time, the mats will enhance the overall well-being of your horses and promote your arena longevity. Each mat covers 1 square meter or 10.7 square feet.  

OTTO Sport mats are manufactured from recycled synthetic material and are safe for horses and riders.  LEARN MORE ABOUT OTTO Sport 

installing versigrid

Whether you choose Premier Geo Grid mats, VersiGrid, or OTTO Sport base mats, we provide installation instructions for each product and we are always available to answer questions. If you plan to hire out the installation rather than DIY, we work with a variety of Premier Preferred Builders throughout the country.  


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