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
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Ways To Easily Improve Your Dressage Test
There are several small tricks that many people tend to miss in dressage. These can ultimately improve your dressage test and score.
In the sport of dressage a good first impression is imperative and can be the difference between being forced to fight for points from the start or being a benchmark to begin your test. You should break the halt into components to ensure a flawless performance.
- Entrance- Have a smooth entrance aimed to the center line sporting a confident canter. Concentrate on staying straight, and the quality of your pace.
- Transition to halt- Make sure you are straight and your horse is responding to your seat and hand aid to create a smooth transition.
- The halt- Make sure during your training sessions you have someone watching you practicing the halt. Try not to look over the side as this will result in an unsettled horse and increases the possibility of the horse moving. Make immobility your goal, keep your seat balanced and your eyes through the horses ears.
- Exit- Make sure you leave the halt precisely. Keep it simple with a graceful salute and a nod to acknowledge the judges. This transition requires a lot of practice.
Transitions are highlighted by judges as important and is where a lot of riders will loose the majority of their points. Practice all of your transitions in and out of movements ans gaits. This is a very simple way to improve your score.
Execute each movement with precision and aim, focusing on the letter you are aiming for and strive to maintain straightness and accuracy. When doing a diagonal line with a change at the end, remember it is not supposed to be executed on the wall but on the diagonal itself.
A corner is a good opportunity to correct yourself so make sure you are utilizing every corner to gauge your performance. Take advantage of the corner by doing a half halt, to let yourself bring everything together to come out of the corner confident and well prepared to start the next movement.
It is very important to visualize the arena you will be riding in for the competition. By doing this you will feel more at ease on the day of the test and you will be able to focus on your performance better.
You Won’t Believe What These Blocks of Wood Become
An incredible artwork from chainsaw sculptor John Brady (check out more of his work here).
See four slabs of beautiful timber transform into something absolutely breath-taking.