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.
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Things To Remember When Planning Your New Farm Building
A new farm building is a large and expensive investment for the farm, therefore planning it right is extremely important to fulfill its purpose sufficiently. There are a lot of questions you should ask yourself when planning a new farm shed, to avoid later issues if the shed is not designed properly.
Decide what you need
Map out what you actually need from the shed and think about how it is going to be used from a strategic point of view. Ask yourself questions like ‘how long do you need it to last?” and “what level of flexibility do you require from the building?”
Keep the future in mind
Consider what the future will bring for you and your farm and how you could prepare yourself through designing the new farm shed to fit in with the next few years. This might add expense at the time but it could save you having to extend or build another farm shed in a few years time.
Understand the shed’s life span
Different makes of sheds will have different life spans. For example a stronger frame will make the shed last longer and stand up to harsh conditions. Make sure you conduct sufficient research about the life span and quality of the farm shed you are investing in to ensure you are investing in a good product.
Choose your site wisely
It is important to choose a site for your shed that will make sense in what it needs to be used for and how easily it can be accessed. Think about how the structure will work in with existing buildings on your farm and where you would have to go for further expansion.
Also the Rural and Industrial Design and Building Association recommends that you consult with your insurance company about the design for the farm building to find out what insurance will cover it and their opinion in the site.
Getting a Specialist
Getting a building and planning permit (if applicable) can be a difficult process, thus it is important to seek advice from a specialist to assist you through this necessary step.
If you will be needing a planning permit, be prepared for it to take time. Consider your options carefully and seek as much advice from professionals to educate yourself through the process.
It is important to consider the appearance of your farm shed, especially if it is going to be large.
Ensure that your new building will blend in and compliment its surroundings. Consider what colour you will make the building carefully, as colours can look very different when they are actually on a building compared to what they look like on a swatch.
If you choose to manage the project of your new farm building, remember that it will take up considerable amounts of your time and not everything will go right the first time. Managing a project of this size can be extremely stressful and if you are already a busy person it may be worth getting someone to manage the construction of your shed for you to avoid overloading yourself.
a large part of project managing is understanding the health and safety responsibilities the site will have as a building and construction site. If you are the one employing contractors there will be a lot of responsibilities to handle.
Factors of building design
Building design and engineering is a whole process in itself when constructing a farm shed, and will require a lot of thought and precision to get it right. Ensure you are taking advice from specialists and get a professional engineer to draw up your shed so you know that the construction will be sound and safe.
Material used for livestock and rural buildings need to be able to withstand damp and humid conditions. Corrosion is a common issue in rural buildings. The best way to avoid this problem is by using a galvanized steel frame. Galvanized steel is coated in zinc for the specific purpose to avoid corrosion.
Building A Warehouse: A Case Study
Many of our clients who are considering building find it useful to see a previous project to understand the process.
Below, we look at the construction of a large warehouse in Daylesford, which was erected in 2016 and is currently leased out to commercial tenants.
Our client planned on building an 80 x 30 x 6.5 metre warehouse in Daylesford. He intended to lease the space to commercial clients to operate a business out of.
He also had previous experience building for the purpose of renting to local business, so had a strong understand of the demand for warehouse space.
DESIGNING THE BUILDING
In order to meet the requirement of commercial operations, our client worked closely with our engineers to ensure the building would hold up to robust commercial use. This including strengthening structural component and ensuring that the wall could bear a load if they were required to.
Give the size of this project, the total cost came between $340,000 and $360,000.
Approximately $270,000 of this cost when to the kit itself (the components of the steel structure). And additional $72,000 went towards the erection of the building.
THE FINISHED PROJECT
The project was erected without a problem, and is now fully functional with reliable tenants operating a business from the site.
See images of the project below, including aerial drone footage.
Before & after construction: