1. A violin/cello bow.
Let’s start with the classic use for horse hair. It’s easy to forget just how clever it is to use a horse’s tail hair to make some of the most beautiful music in the world.
2. Horse hair bracelets.
Braiding horse hair allows you to put together interesting patterns that can then be turned into bracelets.
We love the style of these bracelets; simple, neat and wonderful.
3. A horse hair cross.
This relatively simple project makes use of some braided horse hair. For the more pious of you, this is a fantastic way to feel close to your horse while also feeling close to your religion.
4. Horse hair earrings.
Beautiful, simple and elegant – these earrings look excellent. Horse hair can also be dyed to give it a little bit more design character.
5. A horse hair handbag.
Horse hair can be woven into a highly durable fabric. This handbag is a fantastic example of the design possibility of horse hair – often overlooked and forgotten.
6. Horse Hair Tassles.
Of the easiest things to do with old horse hair is to turn it into a tassle. Tassles can be used for a number of things, but most often they’re decorative, bringing a little reminder of your horse into your day.
7. Wristwatch straps.
Although horse hair isn’t used very regularly, it can be a very versatile material. These watch straps are decorated with braided horse hair.
8. Horse Hair Pottery.
Applying horse hair to an un-fired pot can have exquisite results once you do fire it. This is an old technique that results in complex, beautiful works.
9. Horse Hair Jewellery.
We love this idea; setting little cuts of your horses hair into resin to create charms for necklaces.
Believe it or not, horse hair was often used for upholstery. It’s shine and durability gave it a unique appeal.
11. Let birds build nests with it.
A clever, fun little way to use your left over horse hair is to leave it in piles for the birds to pick up.
They’ll take it back to build their nest. If you’re observant and patient enough, you’ll be able to watch the process.
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Things to consider when designing your purpose built stable barn
When designing the layout of your stable barn it is important to consider all aspects that could affect its workability. A well designed and well-built horse stables and barn has good lighting, is well ventilated, is easy to keep clean and is pleasant to work in.
Secure The Right Location.
Ensure you have the right site for your barn. Make sure your site is well drained and offers immediate access to utilities and to your driveway or the road. Spend some time on site on a windy day to make sure wind direction will not cause a wind tunnel through the centre isle of the stables.
Be smart when designing your barn by planning around the jobs you are going to be doing in it. This will improve efficiency and make chores quicker and easier. Try to minimise untidiness by identifying all potential sources of mess and plan your layout to confine that mess. For example, in a four stable barn, put the stalls together so when you muck, the mess stays on one side of the barn.
Leave plenty of room.
Make sure the isles will be wide enough to let you move equipment and horses. Bigger isles will bring more light in from the doorways making it doubly advantageous.
Maintaining good air flow is crucial to your horse’s health. Sufficient openings in the building allows fresh air to enter, and stale air to exit. Vent style windows positioned high where the horses can’t reach them, let in air and light. consider putting in ceiling fans over stalls as they significantly improve circulation.
Good lighting is important in your barn. It makes it easier to work in and attracts fewer flies. Windows and skylights will lower your electric bills.
Central Steel Build are experts in the design and construction of purpose built stable barns. Little tips like these can make a huge difference to your barn in the future. We ensure your barn and stables are built according to you and your horses needs while functioning in the best way possible. Work with us to build a flawless purpose built stable barn: get a quote here or call us on 1300 955 608.