Once you’ve built yourself an arena, it can be difficult to know exactly how to lay your surface. But it’s an important thing to get right for your horses’ safety.
We’ve put together a guide that goes over the different options:
Cost to Build Hay Shed in Victoria
Costs involved with building hay sheds all come down to exactly what kind of shed you need. Each property is different. For an exact price, get a quote within 24 hours, or for an estimate, take a look at the ranges below:
Small – Medium Hay Sheds
COST: $10,000 – $40,000
This includes sheds that range in size up to 18m x 15m.
They are sometimes used for private properties, hobby farms or vocational farming.
Medium Hay Sheds
COST: $40,000 – $65,000
Medium hay sheds are for much larger quantities for medium-sized commercial farms. These can go up in size to 38m x 18m.
Medium – Large Hay Sheds
COST: $70,000 – $150,000
On the higher end, we have a wider range of sizes. These are large-scale, industrial hay sheds. On the upper end of this range, sheds reach sizes of 63m x 30m.
READ MORE: Cost to build a grain shed.
What Your Horse’s Sweat Patterns Mean
It can be hard to know if your saddle has been fitted well – your horse can’t tell you when something’s wrong, so you have to keep an eye out for some key indicators.
One way to do this is to look at the sweat and dirt marks left on your horse’s saddle pad.
By looking at these signs, you can get a sense of your saddle’s fit and what needs to be adjusted.
The two key concepts.
These are the most valuable things to remember when looking at sweat patterns:
- Sweat and dirt marks should be symmetrical.
Symmetry means that the saddle is sitting evenly on your horse. Sometimes non-symmetrical marks don’t indicate a bad fit and sometimes a problematic fit can still result in symmetry.
But as a general rule of thumb, this is a great one to go by.
- The centre line of you saddle pad (the gullet) should be dry.
Under no circumstances do you want the saddle to be rubbing or touching the spine of your horse.
How to interpret sweat and dirt patches.
Larger amounts of dirt and more darkness generally suggest that more rubbing is occurring in this area.
Ideally, rubbing is minimal and is spread out evenly.
Dirt at the front of the saddle pad means that the saddle is too wide and is being pushed forward.
Dirt at the back of the saddle pad could mean that the saddle is the wrong shape, or that the rider is sitting too far back in the saddle.
Diagonal dark patches indicate the points at which the saddle is swinging and rubbing. Diagonal points usually mean that the saddle will need to be custom adjusted to your horse.
Heaving rubbing on one side means the saddle is leaning to the opposite. In the diagram above, the saddle is leaning to the right.
This can also be caused by the way the horse is ridden, or the length of your stirrups.
Sweat and dirt patches are a rough guide. The most important step to getting a comfortable saddle fit is being attentive to your horse; their mood, their sensitivity and any tension in their muscles. Contact a saddle fitter if you suspect you aren’t able to get your saddle to fit nicely.
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