Horses have been a noble and loyal friend to mankind since roughly 4000 B.C. We share a special connection with these animals that nothing else could replace. Here is 15 strange and amazing facts about these beautiful creatures.
- Horse Hooves are made from the same kind of protein that your hair and fingernails consist of.
- There is only one breed of true wild horses still in existence today called the Prezewalski’s. The only wild population is located in Mongolia. As most people know however, there are numerous populations across the world of feral horses eg mustangs in North America.
- There is only one species of domestic horse in the world. However there are 400 different breeds that are specialized in anything from pulling a wagon to racing.
- The first cloned horse in history was a Haflinger mare in 2003 located in Italy.
- Scientists believe that the first ancestor of the horse today that is known of lived about 50 million years ago and is called Eohippus. It had four padded toes on the front legs and three padded toes on the back legs.
- The world record for the highest jump ever made by a horse is held by a horse called Huaso. This horse jumped 8 feed and 1 and 1/4 inches on February the 5th, 1949 in Vina del mar, Chile.
- The tallest horse recorded in history was a Shire named appropriately as Sampson. He was 21.2 hands tall (7 feet, 2 inches) and was born in 1846 in England.
- Horses have 16 muscles in each of their ears which allows them to rotate the ear 180 degrees.
- Wild horses are known to gather in groups of 3 up to 20. A stallion leads the group which consists of mares and young foals. When young males become colts they are driven away by the stallion and they roam until they can gather their own band of females.
- The average horse’s heart weighs approximately 9 to 10 pounds.
- The record for the longest jump in history over water is held by a horse named Something. Something jumped 27 feet 6 and 3/4 inches on April 25th in Johannesburg, South Africa.
- You can always tell if a horse is feeling cold by feeling behind their ears. If that area of their body is cold the horse will be feeling a chilly.
- A horse’s teeth take up larger amount of space in their head than their brain does.
- The fastest recorded speed of a horse sprinting was 88 kph. Most horses gallop at around 44 kph.
- Horses produce around 10 gallons of saliva everyday.
5 Ways a Steel Shed Protects Your Assets from Fire Hazard
Victorian farmers and rural property owners all have one thing in common during the hot dry season: risk and exposure to bushfires and grassfires.
Fire is a very real threat to all of us, and awareness has obviously increased hugely since the Black Saturday disaster. But are those of us who are subjected to risk doing all we can to improve our fire plan and preparedness?
One simple method, often overlooked, is to ensure our assets are protected by a steel frame shed. Steel is sturdy and fire-retardant, and regardless of the nature or intended use of the shed, it ensures your assets are stored in a central, landmarked location.
Whether its machinery and equipment, feed or stock, the advantages of having your assets stored under a roof are huge:
1. Should your property become subject to the thread of fire, it’s so much easier to protect a central, pinpointed location and confined area.
2. It is easier for you to maintain the surroundings, keep the grass slashed and immediate area clear of fuel, and ensure adequate water storage nearby.
3. There will be easy access for vehicles to gain entrance to and protect the location in adverse circumstances.
4. Your assets are also protected from the conditions a fire can produce; ash, embers, smoke and heat that can all cause excessive damage. A roof and/or walls offer a certain shield from these elements, and can also help to keep stock calm.
5. Furthermore, a sturdy steel frame and cladding have a much higher fire-retardant rating than many of the older style timber frame and beam sheds that can be found around Victoria.
If you can fit yourself into the group of Victorians that live under the summer fire threat, and are interested in increasing your chances of protecting your rural assets from risk of fire, you can contact Central Steel Build for advice and assistance.
Contact Central for a free consultation, advice on your property setup/possible site location for a shed, and an obligation free quote. 1300 955 608, or visit centralbuild.localdev.highbrow.com.au
We’re here to help protect Australian farmers.
See you at Lardner Park, near Warragul for Farm World 2017!
We’re going to have a stall at the 2017 Farm World expo.
If you’re in the area, drop by & say hello – tickets are $20 and there are going to be over 800 exhibitors.
Make sure you grab a free bottle of water and Central Steel Build straw hat!
WHEN:Thursday 30th March – Sunday 2nd April.
HOW MUCH: Tickets are $20 for a day pass (or $18 if you buy online), $30 for a 2 day pass, and $55 for a full pass.
WHERE: Lardner Park, 155 Burnt Rd, Lardner, VIC. (15 minute drive from Warragul).
CENTRAL STEEL BUILD: You’ll be able to find us on North-South Street. We’re near the Working Sheep Dog Trial Area.
MORE INFORMATION: For more details, including how to buy tickets online, visit the Farm World website.