One of the incredible things about horses is their ability to learn. Dressage is, of course, a great testament to a horse’s ability to understand, remember and perform with a trainer.
But what most people (especially non-horse people) often don’t realise is just how intelligent horses are. Not only can they learn by interacting with a trainer, but they can also learn by watching another horse interact with a trainer.
That means that horses can teach themselves how to do something just by watching another horse do it. Pretty incredible, right?
A lot of you reading this might already know about this, and it’s certainly common knowledge amongst some horse people that allowing a horse to observe training is a great way of easing them into the arena themselves.
But here is where it gets more interesting:
A horse will only learn through observation if they are observing a horse that they respect. If the horse that is in the arena (the demonstrator) is of a higher social status than the horse that is watching (the observer), then the behaviour will be learnt. But if the demonstrator is of lower social status, or it is from a different social group, the observer will not learn the behaviour it watches.
The social lives and minds of horses are much more complex than people often give them credit for.
- Horses can learn from watching other horses, but only under some situations.
WILL LEARN: The horse they are watching has a high social status than them.
WON’T LEARN: The horse they are watching has a lower social status.
The horse they are watching is from a different social group.
To see out horse arenas, download our brochure.
Hay And Machinery Sheds
Central Steel Build has been constructing farm sheds and buildings since 1975. With over 50,000 builds under our belt, we’re the best and the most reliable option available.
How Much Does It Cost To Build A Hay Shed?
Every project is different, and we can give you an exact quote within 1 working day if you give us a call on 1300 955 608. The estimates below are a general guide:
Sheds and Garages Kit Cost $3,500 – $28,000
These range from a single car garage to a large fully lock-up workshop.
Sheds and Garages Permit Cost Approximately $900
Plus warranty insurance of $750 if the job is worth over $12,000. (Central Steel Build is a registered builder).
Sheds and Garages Footing Costs $400 – $1900
This includes concrete and digging.
Sheds and Garages construction costs $1,200 – $9,000
Includes scissor lift and crane hire if required.
Sheds and Garages Concrete Slab Cost Approximately $70 – $80m2
This is 100mm thick 25mpa reinforced with black plastic membrane. This has no allowance for site works and is dependent on client providing a laser levelled, crush rocked (50mm), and accessible site.
How Much Does It Cost To Build A Machinery Shed?
Where has Central Steel Build built before?
Below is a map of some of our recent builds.
Can you travel?
Depending on the scale of the job, it’s likely we will be able to travel. We’ve done work right across Australia, and are willing to travel if the work necessitates it.
What kind of sheds do you build exactly?
Absolutely all kinds. We do grain sheds, fodder sheds, hay sheds, machinery sheds. We do storehouses, we do bull riding rings, equestrian rings.
We also do all sizes, with our biggest job being the Hamilton Sale yards.
Can I see some of your work?
Absolutely. You can download a brochure of our farm buildings, which details all aspects of our rural structures. (We recommend this – the photos are excellent).
Alternatively, you can look through the gallery below:
Download the FarmaBuild brochure here to see more.
8 Fictional Horses You Wish You Owned
How many times have you been watching a movie or reading a book and thought “that’s a horse I would love to own”?
It doesn’t matter how fictional or unrealistic they are, you can’t help but fantasise about owning one of these amazing creatures. Often, they’re the characters your childhood dreams were built on.
Let’s take a look at the top 8 fictional horse characters.
1. Mr Ed.
Horse riding is all about communication. But don’t you just wish you could actually speak to your horse. It would make things so much easier.
The famous Mr Ed could talk – in fact, he could barely stop talking!
Gandalf’s noble horse from The Lord of The Rings. Shadowfax is perhaps the most noble and dignified of any fictional horse character.
Shadowfax was ‘foaled in the morning of the world,’ the original and perfect horse.
In fact, he’s almost the most dignified character ever written, animal or human. It’s not so much that you’d like to own Shadowfax, but that you’d like to know him.
A thoroughbred with too much spirit for ploughing fields, Joey is the storied character of War Horse, the wildly successful book, film and stage play.
The best-natured of all the horses on the list is Bullseye, from the Toy Story films.
More like a puppy, Bullseye is full of enthusiasm and friendliness.
The colourful, beautiful flying horse from RainbowBrite, the 80s cartoon series.
Starlite was able to fly on rainbows, and her colourful mane and tail made her an excellent horse to fantasise about.
The horse from The Neverending Story who, in the novel, is actually a speaking character.
A complicated character, Artax’s death was a difficult one for most readers, but reminds us of the emotional complexity of the horses we love.
A horse capable of talking, but hiding his gift from his war-mongering owners, Bree is another complex character from the Chronicles of Narnia.
8. Black Beauty.
For some of us, this might have been our first horse love.
The novel does an excellent job of stokes the fires for a horse lover, reminding us of the need to treat every animal with love and respect.
READ MORE: The 10 Best Horse Movies of All Time