A split tennis ball
This can prevent metal clips etc. from clinking against metal poles.
Vertical Jumping Pole Holder
This clever, simple design allows you to store your poles on a wall – and it looks great.
In-Built Stable Storage
An excellent use of space (and so useful to have storage between stables) – this is an excellent idea if you’re building.
A Collapsible Bucket
Simple. Clever. Easy to store & long lasting.
Recycled Plastic Barrel Step Up
It’s not the prettiest thing, but it gets the job done, it’s easy to make and you probably have the materials lying around.
Horse Shoe Flooring
Know someone with heaps of old shoes? If you lay them into your flooring, you can add a nice little touch to a washbay.
Cleaning up is usually about the big stuff. But a lint roller can come in handy too – it’s so easy to pick up stuff that is otherwise unmovable.
Zippable Foot Covering
Hand Made Feeder
Another clever use for an old plastic barrel. Just cut some access gaps in the bottom and fill the top with hay.
Retractable Feeding Bowl
This perfect little contraption allows you to refill feed or water without entering the stall. So much easier.
Very clever. For twilight trail rides, this strip of LED lights makes your horse visible to other riders and traffic.
Arena Railing Storage
What better way to make use of the space taken up by your kickrail? Wonderful.
Great for people teaching, this stirrup can be set to accommodate more than one leg length.
Nail-Less Horse Shoes
Wouldn’t we love to avoid nails if we could? Apparently, it’s possible – with these horse shoes that clip on firmly to your horses feet.
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8 incredible educational buildings
The Evelyn Grace Academy.
Designed by famed architect Zaha Hadid, this redesign won multiple awards. The robust buildings are strong and low-maintenance, but provide expansive, well-lit interiors.
Despite the success, the UK later banned curved schools, saying that non-uniform designs cost too much.
The Surrey City Centre Library.
This bold public library near Vancouver combines curves and points to create a unique space that utilises solar warmth to make the vast interior comfortable for studiers.
The library was a response to the increasing importance of digital data, with physical book collections no longer being as important. Instead, this library offers open spaces for people to meet and collaborate.
The community was involved in the design process through the library’s online presence, encouraging feedback and comments from civilians.
This fascinating extension houses the fine arts faculty of a Spanish university. The sparse, empty concrete gives the area a course feeling, allowing students a blank canvas on which to create their own activities and happenings.
Located near a highway, the building curves around to make its public spaces open, but also protected from the busy, urban exterior.
Wooden Open Library.
This open library near Toronto allows a few people in it at a time. The single shelf works on a take-something-leave-something arrangement that allows strangers to share literature with each other.
The building closes into a box overnight to keep the books safe.
Hallfield primary school.
This London primary school threw together buildings of different shapes and sizes – in many ways echoing the creativity of a school child.
The learning spaces, with their strange curvatures and abrupt corners, became part of the learning resources, and likely embedded themselves into the memory and affections of the students that studied here.
St James Senior Girls School.
This small collection of close-quarter classrooms is designed to transition its students from their educational lives to their adult lives. The village-style architecture encourage pupils to take control of their position in the system, whilst feeling a sense of belonging to their own small part of the school.
The building combines elements of traditional architecture, whilst employing modern elements (such as the clay roof lanterns), which make it more eco friendly and fill the space with natural light.
This stand-alone drawing studio is situated on the grounds of the University is belongs to in the UK.
It is incredibly bold on the outside and confrontingly minimal on the inside. There’s nowhere for students or subject to hide as they experiment with their craft.
The circular face makes powerful use of natural light and the trees and grass of the surrounds are challenged by the starkness of the building.
This beautiful kindergarten has the kind of restrained colour-scheme of a modern loungeroom, without reducing the playfulness it needs to keep children interested.
The building is all about making pupils feel that they can and should be always exploring space, regardless of how much it seems like part of the background.
To see some of our outdoor learning structures, download our COLABuild brochure.
Horses are capable of understanding human emotions, according to new study.
Have you ever suspected that your horse understood what you were saying to it? You might not be wrong!
We all know that horses can learn to react to signals and cues, but they can also understand the emotional state of humans.
Horses can look at a person and recognise their facial expression and the corresponding emotion, a new study has found. Not only can they distinguish between different facial expression, they also understand the importance of emotions like anger or calmness.
The study tested horse’s heart rates and head movements in response to different facial expressions. They found that angry facial expression made horses turn their left eye towards the image and have a raised heart rate. Even more impressive, they could understand photographs of angry faces.
This study leads to the idea that horses are much more emotionally intelligent than previously thought. The study implies that horses are able to cross over the emotional barrier that comes with being a different species to humans.
Another study found that horses are capable of producing 17 facial expressions of their own; 3 more than chimpanzees and 10 less than humans. It’s more evidence for the idea that the emotional word of the horse is highly developed and strongly linked to the emotional experience of humans.
So if you’ve found yourself defending the idea that riders and their horses share special, real emotional connections, you’ve just found scientific evidence to support you.