1. Look forwards.
It’s easy to get distracted by what’s immediately ahead of you, and by your horse itself. Make sure you’re focusing on the path ahead and that you know where you’re going.
2. Sit upright in the saddle.
New riders have a tendency to keep their bodies low and close to the horse. Try to be confident and ride with an erect back.
3. Heels down.
You might have heard this shouted by an instructor before. It doesn’t mean you should just pull your toes up; you need to adjust your weight so that your heels are lower than your toes.
4. Don’t put your feet too far into the stirrup.
This is a reasonable response for first time riders – they want to feel their feet safely lodged in. This can get your feet stuck if you fall off, and makes it harder for your to balance.
5. Your horse is not a machine.
Most riders start out because they love horses. Always remember that riding is about working with your horse, not forcing it to do what you want. If you work with this idea of mutual respect, you’ll learn faster and better.
6. Have your elbows at your side.
Another tendency for new riders it to lift their arms. You’ll have much more control and will be able to communicate with your horse better if you keep your arms at your side. This allows you to handle the reins better.
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How Buildings Change The Way Kids Learn
We spent the vast majority of our time inside buildings, but we often overlook just how much the affect us. Children can be particularly susceptible to changes in buildings when they’re learning and developing.
So how exactly does a building affect a child’s learning ability?
Certain colours are more suitable for learning than others, and allow students to get the most from their experiences.
Brighter colours have a positive impact on pre-teen childrens’ learning, while more subtle, subdued colours are better for teenagers.
Temperature and airflow –
These were found to be the two most important influences on student achievement. Temperatures that are too high can cause kids to slow down, whilst stuffy air has the same effect. The simplest way to improve your students’ learning? Open a window.
Noise pollution –
School are usually designed to reduce the amount of noise interference from nearby. Rooms are closed-off and students are encouraged to be quiet. This is for good reason; noise from nearby makes it much harder for students to process what they are learning.
Room to move –
Buildings change learning by changing the behaviour of the people in them. A great way to keep the brain active is to move around every now and then. Large buildings with open spaces that students are encouraged to move through can ensure that students keep fresh, active minds and retain what they learn.
Large rooms –
Another benefits of large rooms is that they encourage creative, out-of-the-box thinking. Being stuck in a small space limits your ability to create fresh ideas.
Natural light –
Natural light works wonders in improving productivity. Studies consistently show that sunlight makes people happier, more active and more productive, whether they’re working or studying.
Areas that have low rates of school graduation benefit from transparent windows. Allowing people in the community to see into the resources and activities of the school encourage enrolment and makes children value their educational experience more.
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10 Largest Factories in the World
1. The NASA Vehicle Assembly Building.
The doors of the building alone are 139 metres tall and allow entire spaceships to be built under cover.
2. The Meyer Werft Dockhalle 2.
Used to build cruise ships, this enormous space looks like it could fit an entire city inside it.
3. The Aerium.
This huge structure was built during World War II in Germany to construct and store airships. It was later bought and re-purposed – a tropical theme park was built inside it.
4. Jean-Luc Lagardere plant.
This factory is designed specifically to build airbuses – the largest commercial airliners. It is large enough to build 8 airbuses simultaneously.
5. Boeing Factory.
Another aeroplane factory – this is larger than three sports stadiums side by side.
6. Lauma Fabric Factory.
Insured for $85 million euros, this factory was built in Latvia in 1965 to produce fabric for underwear.
7. The Tesla Gigafactory.
This gigantic solar panel electrical station aims to harvest enough electrical energy in a year to power half a million Tesla cars.
8. The Stetson Hat Factory.
Operating in the early 1900s and producing only hats, this huge factory seems to defy modern production industries. Over five thousand men and women were employed here.
9. Mitsubishi Motors, North America.
This facility combined production, design, research & development under a single, enormous roof.
10. Belvidere Assembly plant.
An assembly plant owned by Chrysler, this is another factory that pumps out thousands of cars – and make use of an unfathomably large floor area to do so.
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