1. You love that barn smell (even if other people don’t!)
So other people think it stinks. To you, that particular mixture of scents – hay, leather, horse – reminds you that you’re in the place you want to be.
If you could bottle it and take it with you, you would.
2. Secret pleasure: Hearing new riders hurt after a ride.
I know it’s a little cruel – but it’s so satisfying to hear new riders feel sore muscles in places they had no idea existed.
A lot of people think horse riding is easy – actually getting on a horse is one way to find out that it’s not!
3. That particular response you had when you first learned how to clean the sheath.
Horses need maintenance of all kinds. Include that kind. It’s just how it is.
4. A brand new, completely fresh tack sponge.
It feels so good to get rid of the old one that is basically just a lump of dirt anyway.
For that perfect moment you have a fresh sponge, life is good.
5. When you finish cleaning your tack and hang it up.
Does anything quite compare to the feeling of seeing everything neat, clean tidy & hanging up? It’s a tiny little triumph and it feels great.
6. When your horse rubs itself in poop the moment you’ve finished cleaning him.
Come on. Work with me, here. Let’s agree not to rub ourselves in manure.
7. Owning perfectly worn-in boots.
A good pair of boots is like a favourite pair of jeans. They’re exactly what you need, not stiff anymore, but no holes.
Those worn-in boots are the best.
8. Horses can see into another dimension.
There’s only one explanation for what your horse sees when it gets spooked. It’s looking into a different dimension.
9. Fresh bedding in a stall.
No manure. Fresh shavings. All ready for your horse.
It’s a lovely gift for your horse, and always makes you feel kind of proud of your work.
10. Picking off chestnuts.
Weirdly satisfying. It’s a little like picking off a scab when you’re a kid, only bigger.
It’s only of those strange pleasures that non-horse people will absolutely, never understand.
Either that, or you have a face similar to number #3.
7 Clever Ideas for Horsey People
- Get a horse to take tablets from a syringe.
2. Cut a milk bottle into an all-purpose scoop for work around the barn.
3. Everybody struggles to get bell boots on. Use this trick to makes things a little easier.
4. Cool your horses down during warm weather with some giant ice cubes.
5. Use soap to stop your horse from chewing or cribbing.
6. Mark a length of your comb using a rubber band or hair tie for the perfect tail braiding.
7. Making clipping easier with some simple preparation.
Building a Shed in the Macedon Ranges
Looking to build a shed in the Macedon Ranges? You can find all the information you’ll need RIGHT HERE.
You will need to secure a building permit from the Macedon Ranges Shire Council if you shed matches any of these four criteria:
- Your shed is larger than 10m2 OR your shed is 3 metres high OR your shed is higher than 2.4 metres and is 1 metre from a boundary.
- The shed is attached to an existing building.
- The shed is going to be built over an easement.
- The shed is attached to the front wall of your dwelling.
If your planned shed matches any of these criteria, you will need to get a building permit. If you are planning on engaging a professional builder, they should be able to handle your permits internally and save you the trouble.
What does it cost to build a garage or shed?
Sheds & garages vary so much in size & purpose that an estimate is difficult. You can read this article on price cost estimates to get a rough idea.
The average garage costs approximately $22,000 but will range in cost from $3,000 for small home garages up to $60,000 for large industrial garages.
How can I find someone to build my shed?
The best was is to look for a reputable builder that specialises in sheds, has been operating a long time, and is local.
Can I build a shed myself?
Yes, you can. The best way to do that is to buy a shed kit. Most shed builders will also be able to arrange delivery of a shed kit without install.