Do smooth mats have the same traction as textured mats?
The amount of traction in a mat is directly related to the softness or hardness of the mat. The harder the surface, with or without texturing (pebbles, diamonds, or grooves), the more slippery the mat is. The softer the mat, with or without texturing, the more traction and grip a person or animal walking on the mat will have. Texture is not an issue when mats are placed in a stall situation since the mat surface are usually covered by the bedding. In barn aisle-ways, tack areas, gym weight areas, and commercial and industrial applications, texture may appear to have better traction. Remember to check to see how hard the mat you are considering is and contemplate whether more traction or grip will really be achieved.
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