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.
5 Lessons from Great Architects for Your Project
“The sun never knew how great it was, until it hit the side of a building” – Louis Kahn.
Natural light is one of the best, most generous resources for use when planning a building. Don’t let it go to waste. Use it.
2. “I don’t know why people hire architects and then tell them what to do.” – Frank Gehry
If you’re working on a project in a team, find the right people and let them do their work. Great projects are a result of each member working independently towards a shared goal.
3. “You can use an eraser on the drawing table or a sledge hammer on the construction site.” – Frank Lloyd Wright.
Planning is everything. A mistake in planning costs nothing to fix, but an error in construction can take days and cost fortunes. Take them time to plan your building correctly.
4. “I don’t want to be interesting. I want to be good.” – Ludwig Mies Van De Rohe.
Great work comes from honest attempts to make something really, really good. If you focus on the details, and make sure you work with people that respect the small things, your building will be memorable.
5. “I prefer drawing to talking. It’s faster and leaves less room for lies.” – Le Corbusier.
The best way to create something good is to work with people who do things. Anybody can talk about their ideas and their skill, but few people can really show you and prove to you what they can do.
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5 Shed-Like Homes to Inspire You
- 1. North Carolina Residence.
This stunningly simple home almost looks like an extended shipping container or carport. Resting on large concrete bricks in the forests of North Carolina, the simplicity of the building lends it grace & majesty. The large windows maximise the natural lighting, relying on the dense forest for privacy.
2. 2. London Garden Shed Studio.
This incredible & tiny space was converted from an old garden shed in London. To compensate for the lack of space, a bed is hidden beneath the floor boards. The space is used as an art and living space.
3. 3. Wyoming Barn.
This barn looks old and unassuming – in fact, it’s a recent build made from reclaimed wood. The modest external hides a very luxurious and detailed internal. It also makes fantastic use of its height with a large window onto an expansive panorama of the mountains.
4. 4. 9 Steps.
This beautiful building is tucked away at Mt Buffalo. (We’re biased because we helped build it. More on that here.) This simple structure is, in many ways, a shed. Made from steel with a straightforward layout, the building fits in wonderfully with its surrounds.
The place can be rented for those looking to try out the tree-change lifestyle.
5. 5. The Double Shed, Chile.
This interesting home is comprised of two large shed-like buildings linked by barn-style doors. It’s unique & memorable.
Ready to get a quote for your own liveable shed? Request a consultation here.