The mare in the photo below is Bonnie, who lives in an animal shelter.
The tiny fawn is a newborn – her mother had given birth nearby and was struggling to fend off two coyotes, ready to take advantage of her post-natal weakness.
That’s when Bonnie intervened, protecting the newborn fawn until the deer managed to move the coyotes on.
It’s a heart-warming story – a mare that shows the same kind of compassion, heroism and courage that we usually forget is animals just as much as it is in humans. A beautiful thing to see.
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Indoor Arena Etiquette
Quick note: People ride because they love it. Intentions are always good, so try to be kind and understanding if errors are made.
Always wear a helmet
Even if you aren’t riding. If you step into the arena, you need to have a helmet on.
Mount outside the arena or in the very middle
Otherwise, you risk getting in everyone’s way – which is dangerous. This is the same for making adjustments to your stirrups etc.
Ride in the direction of the other horses
Don’t ride against the flow, it will make things more difficult for everyone.
Close the gate behind you
Don’t leave any gaps open through which horses could escape.
Let faster horses/riders travel on the outside of the track
Fast outside, slower inside. This helps things flow best.
Don’t leave horses unattended
Sharing an indoor requires everyone to be aware and cautious of their horses at all times.
Announce your intentions
If you’re about to pass someone from behind, say ‘passing on your left’. Do this for all actions that it would benefit others to know.
Maintain a horse length from the horse in front of you
This allows everyone time to react to anything unplanned.
Don’t talk over the rail
Doing this will put you in the way of other horses and riders. If you need to talk to your trainer, make sure you’re out of others’ path.
No dogs on the arena
This could spook other horses. Dogs can also get in the way of riders.
Give your commands quietly
Don’t shout or yell when commanding your horse. This makes the arena more difficult for everyone to enjoy.
Clean up afterwards
Make sure that any mess you’ve made is cleaned up when your session is over.
Warm of any loud noises
If you’re going to do something you know will cause a loud noise, let others know. A loud sliding door could spook other horses.
Read more: 16 equestrian tips and tricks
Download: Dressage arena dimension sheet
8 incredible educational buildings
The Evelyn Grace Academy.
Designed by famed architect Zaha Hadid, this redesign won multiple awards. The robust buildings are strong and low-maintenance, but provide expansive, well-lit interiors.
Despite the success, the UK later banned curved schools, saying that non-uniform designs cost too much.
The Surrey City Centre Library.
This bold public library near Vancouver combines curves and points to create a unique space that utilises solar warmth to make the vast interior comfortable for studiers.
The library was a response to the increasing importance of digital data, with physical book collections no longer being as important. Instead, this library offers open spaces for people to meet and collaborate.
The community was involved in the design process through the library’s online presence, encouraging feedback and comments from civilians.
This fascinating extension houses the fine arts faculty of a Spanish university. The sparse, empty concrete gives the area a course feeling, allowing students a blank canvas on which to create their own activities and happenings.
Located near a highway, the building curves around to make its public spaces open, but also protected from the busy, urban exterior.
Wooden Open Library.
This open library near Toronto allows a few people in it at a time. The single shelf works on a take-something-leave-something arrangement that allows strangers to share literature with each other.
The building closes into a box overnight to keep the books safe.
Hallfield primary school.
This London primary school threw together buildings of different shapes and sizes – in many ways echoing the creativity of a school child.
The learning spaces, with their strange curvatures and abrupt corners, became part of the learning resources, and likely embedded themselves into the memory and affections of the students that studied here.
St James Senior Girls School.
This small collection of close-quarter classrooms is designed to transition its students from their educational lives to their adult lives. The village-style architecture encourage pupils to take control of their position in the system, whilst feeling a sense of belonging to their own small part of the school.
The building combines elements of traditional architecture, whilst employing modern elements (such as the clay roof lanterns), which make it more eco friendly and fill the space with natural light.
This stand-alone drawing studio is situated on the grounds of the University is belongs to in the UK.
It is incredibly bold on the outside and confrontingly minimal on the inside. There’s nowhere for students or subject to hide as they experiment with their craft.
The circular face makes powerful use of natural light and the trees and grass of the surrounds are challenged by the starkness of the building.
This beautiful kindergarten has the kind of restrained colour-scheme of a modern loungeroom, without reducing the playfulness it needs to keep children interested.
The building is all about making pupils feel that they can and should be always exploring space, regardless of how much it seems like part of the background.
To see some of our outdoor learning structures, download our COLABuild brochure.