- The Fiberline Factory.
This incredible factory is in Denmark and produces fibreglass. The low, angled architecture makes it blend in with the surrounding hills, minimising it’s impact on the environment. It’s everything you don’t expect when you think ‘factory.’
2. Louisville slugger factory, Kentucky.
Creators of an American icon, the Louisville slugger baseball bat factory has kept it’s original design. The building is classic factory architecture – reminiscent of the traditional American values that bring the company such success in it’s homeland.
A huge, iconic bat has been laid against the building on the scale of giants. A nice touch to a well respected building.
3. NPO Energomash Plant.
Much of this amazing factory looks like something out of a sci-fi film. It’s used to produce rockets and is located in Poland. Although some of the factory is still in use, other parts have been dormant for years.
4. The McLaren technology centre.
The famous prestige car-maker has put as much technology and design finesse into their UK factory.
The extended layout lets in large amounts of light to it’s surprisingly huge interior. The factory includes production areas, research and development, showrooms, electronics stores and testing rooms.
5. Olisur Olive Oil factory.
This beautiful Chilean factory respectfully matches its environment. It’s made of biodegradable materials, a decision that matched the biodegradable nature of the entire olive oil process.
It’s a great example of sustainable architecture.
6. Van Nelle factory
This Dutch factory produces tea, coffee and tobacco. Built in 1925, it’s a great example of a modernist factory: a big, grand, impressive machine.
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The 10 Signs Your Horse Might Be Getting Laminitis
Laminitis is the break-down of the living cells that connect the inside of the hoof to the coffin bone (the bone closest to the ground). This breakdown can cause a split, leaving a gap and making your horse’s feet open to infection and highly painful.
CAUSES: Laminitis can occur through repeated foot trauma, especially sudden traumas on hard surfaces. It can also be caused by excessive hoof trimming.
Catching it early is important and will prevent lameness in your horse.
Here’s what to look out for:
- ONE – Hot hooves.
Hooves get warm with exercise and with normal body heat regulation. But if your horse’s hooves stay unusually warm for hours at a time, this may be an early indication of laminitis.
- TWO – Increased heart rate.
As with any problem of the body, your horse’s internal systems will try to fight against laminitis, resulting in a much higher heart rate.
- THREE – Strange stance.
A leaning-back stance is a very strong indication of laminitis. Horses do this to avoid putting pressure onto their sore feet.
- FOUR – Sensitivity at the top of the pedal bone.
The pedal bone ends in the very centre of the hoof. If you press gently in that position, you will be able to gauge if your horse has an unusual sensitivity or pain.
- FIVE – Heavy pulse.
Press your fingers against the vein that runs along the side of your horse’s leg just above the hoof. The pulse should be relatively feint in a healthy horse. A heavy pulse is an indication of problems.
- SIX – Distorted hoof growth.
Laminitis prevents the hoof grow properly, causing it to become misshapen. This usually only becomes evident rather late; the hoofs will begin to spread out and sometimes even turn upwards.
- SEVEN – Foot lifting (too much or too little)
Horses shuffle their feet to keep blood circulating. An early response to laminitis can be to shift often to help extra blood flow, or to avoid shifting due to pain.
- EIGHT – Visible gap.
Look for a gap between the hoof wall and the sole on the underside of the hoof. This is a very strong indication and needs to be taken care of immediately.
- NINE – Shortened stride.
A shortened stride indicates pain much as a limp does in a human. This can be particularly evident when walking on hard surfaces.
- TEN – Obesity.
Obesity is not a sign, but can be a precursor to laminitis. Extra weight can put stress on the hoof that encourages the breakdown of the laminae.
Keep an eye out for any of these signs to make sure that your horse is comfortable and healthy. With any indication of discomfort, consult a vet. The easiest way for your horse to recover is to be proactive and take protective measures as soon as you see the signs.
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Voted the Most Handsome Horse in the World
Is this the world’s most handsome horse?
The world seems to have voted ‘yes’ – this horse has more than 50,000 followers on Facebook and has even appeared on The Colbert Show (video below).
The horse’s name is Frederik the Great, a suitably noble, grand name for a horse that is nothing less.
His flowing locks and jet-black coat have caught the attention – not just of the equestrian scene, but the entire world.
Take a look at the gallery below and make up your own mind.
Is Frederik really the world’s most handsome horse?
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