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.
What Is The Difference Between A Class 1 & And Class 10 Building?
The belief that it is a simple process to convert a class 10 shed into a class 1 home for an economical solution to building a house. This however is wrong as it takes a lot more effort to convert from a class 10 shed to a class 1 home than most people realize. In the following paragraphs we will explain why this is.
Differences between a class 10 shed and a class 1 home
Engineering differs substantially between the two types of constructions. Class 10 sheds are engineered so that in a wind storm there will be allowed some flex and movement in the frame. This is okay as the shed is not lined. However, for a Class 1 building the engineering needs to suffice to not allow any flex in the frame as this will damage all internal lining.
Also Class 10 sheds are built on a standard slab, which is able to allow for a small amount of settlement as the building is not lined. This contrasts with a Class 1 building as no settlement should be allowed in the slab or internal linings will develop cracks.
There are many more differences between the two designs of buildings, including alternative levels of requirements in vermin proofing, termite control and so on. All of these differences are surmountable, however the money and effort put into them outweighs the immediate benefit.
Differences in structure design between a class 10 shed and a class 1 home
Although it is accurate that you are able to obtain a class 10 shed to a weather lock up stage cheaper than a Class 1 stud frame and truss building, the fitting requires high cost.
Class 10 portal framed buildings aren’t designed to be lined, so to do this it is very difficult. One thing after another become harder and require more amendments and cost by using a class 10 portal frame. However with a Class 1 stud frame these things are standard as normal builders do them everyday.
It is important to note that it is possible for a portal framed class 10 shed to be constructed as a class 1 home, however as said in previous paragraphs a lot of time and money is needed to acquire this result and you would need to work with an architect. The main reason our of clients who build this kind of structure is to achieve a simple study look in their home, not to get a cheap house. See below some of our past DesinaBuild jobs.
Five steps to building a world-class indoor horse arena
Building a horse arena is a pretty big investment that you’ll likely put a lot of time and effort into.
You should be in complete control of the project so your arena ends up looking world-class.
This is all about the details, and there are a few simple things to remember that will make a huge difference:
Make use of existing trees & foliage
Dressage riding has always been about sophistication, skill and ceremony. Part of that is about beauty. A really world class horse arena makes use of the land around it.
If you have some existing gardens or trees with enough spare space to accommodate a horse arena, make use of it. We installed a horse arena behind a row of trees and it looked incredible (above).
Install wooden kickboards
This simple detail will make your horse arena look like a prestige show room. Wooden panels look absolutely stunning.
They cost a lot more than a rubber alternative but they look impressive and classy.
Get the base right
A high-quality arena will have a perfectly level base.
Make sure that your landscaper and surfacer uses angular stones for the base. They will lock together and stay even.
Make sure your fence posts are strong
An even fence is important to the look of the arena. Make sure your builder installs the fence when they put up the arena.
If you put up your own fence, cement your posts deep into the ground to ensure it always looks straight.
Make use of natural light.
The biggest effect on first impressions is lighting. The best arenas in the world are designed to draw in natural light.
Talk to your builder about this when you’re designing the arena. Open panels or raised centres aisles will capture natural light and make your arena look great.
A good company will take care of the handiwork and leave you to think about design. The little details are what turn a good horse arena into a great one.
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