Horsey people are always on the lookout for ways to make life a little easier in the barn and with the overall care of your horses. Here are ten genius ideas that no equestrian can live without.
Everyone knows the uncomfortable feeling of tight new riding or paddock boots, that give you discomfort and even blisters at times. To prevent this from happening when your breaking in your new boots, wear slightly wet socks to soften the leather and mould it to your leg and foot.
Do you hate it when your horse’s whites turn yellow? Ketchup is a good solution to re-whiten a horse’s mane and tail. Apply a liberal amount of ketchup to the mane and tail and leave it to soak for about 10-20mins. Rinse the ketchup and repeat as many times as needed. This might seem a strange solution for whitening, however the red of the ketchup lifts the yellow colour out and brings out the white.
When you need to crush pills and give them to your horse in the form of paste we have an easy way to do this. Try to put all of the pills in the syringe and suction some water in as well and wait for them to dissolve. This is a lot less messy than crushing the pills up, making a paste and trying to scoop it into the syringe.
To avoid forgetting your scrub brush, you can attach them to your buckets. This way you can prevent that annoying feeling of having to go back and get the brush if you forget it.
Do you find tacking up difficult? Add small swivel snaps to your breast plate or breast collar to make tacking up faster and easier. You can also do the same with reins, but it is best to ask your trainer first.
If your horse is the nervous skittish type and gets nervous being alone in the stall or trailer, hang a safety mirror in front of him. A horse like this will usually feel better if they can see another horse. If your horse is food aggressive, hang the mirror away from his hay pile.
If your horse is one to get bored easily, here is a little trick to keep him entertained. Cut a few apples into pieces and put them in the water trough. Let your horse use creativity and innovative to get the apples.
Gardening aprons are the perfect solution for a grooming apron. They have pockets, so you can hold things in there whilst completing tasks like braiding your horse’s mane.
Zip ties do a beautiful job of fixing different things in the barn, they can fix broken tack, help mend fences etc. They come in different sizes and colours and are perfect for tagging individual horse’s gear as well.
You know the annoying clang from cross ties? Well we found a way to get rid of it. Simply tie tennis balls at the ends of the cross ties and this prevents the noise.
Why Are The Dressage Letters A K E H C M B F
Have you ever wondered, half way through a dressage test, why they chose the particular letters that are used in a dressage arena?
The numbers seem random, but they aren’t.
Who Chose The Dressage Letters?
The dressage letters came to be in the German courts. The royal stables would have its horses prepared for members of the court and royalty to ride.
So each horse was ready for its rider, they were taken to a designated spot. That way, the King (or Kaiser) could come in, knowing that his horse would be ready at his letter ( K ).
The letters and their known corresponding roles were:
K = Kaiser
E = Edeling/Ehrengast (Guest of Honour)
H = Hofsmarshall
M = Meier (Steward)
B = Bannertrager (Standard Bearer)
F = Furst/Prince
P = Pferdknecht/Ostler
V = Vassal
S = Schzkanzler (Chancellor of Exchequer)
R = Ritter (Knight)
Other letters may have represented other roles, or they may have been chosen at random to fill in extra spaces when dressage was developed as a discipline.
READ MORE: How much it costs to build an indoor arena.
Hay And Machinery Sheds
Central Steel Build has been constructing farm sheds and buildings since 1975. With over 50,000 builds under our belt, we’re the best and the most reliable option available.
How Much Does It Cost To Build A Hay Shed?
Every project is different, and we can give you an exact quote within 1 working day if you give us a call on 1300 955 608. The estimates below are a general guide:
Sheds and Garages Kit Cost $3,500 – $28,000
These range from a single car garage to a large fully lock-up workshop.
Sheds and Garages Permit Cost Approximately $900
Plus warranty insurance of $750 if the job is worth over $12,000. (Central Steel Build is a registered builder).
Sheds and Garages Footing Costs $400 – $1900
This includes concrete and digging.
Sheds and Garages construction costs $1,200 – $9,000
Includes scissor lift and crane hire if required.
Sheds and Garages Concrete Slab Cost Approximately $70 – $80m2
This is 100mm thick 25mpa reinforced with black plastic membrane. This has no allowance for site works and is dependent on client providing a laser levelled, crush rocked (50mm), and accessible site.
How Much Does It Cost To Build A Machinery Shed?
Where has Central Steel Build built before?
Below is a map of some of our recent builds.
Can you travel?
Depending on the scale of the job, it’s likely we will be able to travel. We’ve done work right across Australia, and are willing to travel if the work necessitates it.
What kind of sheds do you build exactly?
Absolutely all kinds. We do grain sheds, fodder sheds, hay sheds, machinery sheds. We do storehouses, we do bull riding rings, equestrian rings.
We also do all sizes, with our biggest job being the Hamilton Sale yards.
Can I see some of your work?
Absolutely. You can download a brochure of our farm buildings, which details all aspects of our rural structures. (We recommend this – the photos are excellent).
Alternatively, you can look through the gallery below:
Download the FarmaBuild brochure here to see more.