Laminitis is the break-down of the living cells that connect the inside of the hoof to the coffin bone (the bone closest to the ground). This breakdown can cause a split, leaving a gap and making your horse’s feet open to infection and highly painful.
CAUSES: Laminitis can occur through repeated foot trauma, especially sudden traumas on hard surfaces. It can also be caused by excessive hoof trimming.
Catching it early is important and will prevent lameness in your horse.
Here’s what to look out for:
- ONE – Hot hooves.
Hooves get warm with exercise and with normal body heat regulation. But if your horse’s hooves stay unusually warm for hours at a time, this may be an early indication of laminitis.
- TWO – Increased heart rate.
As with any problem of the body, your horse’s internal systems will try to fight against laminitis, resulting in a much higher heart rate.
- THREE – Strange stance.
A leaning-back stance is a very strong indication of laminitis. Horses do this to avoid putting pressure onto their sore feet.
- FOUR – Sensitivity at the top of the pedal bone.
The pedal bone ends in the very centre of the hoof. If you press gently in that position, you will be able to gauge if your horse has an unusual sensitivity or pain.
- FIVE – Heavy pulse.
Press your fingers against the vein that runs along the side of your horse’s leg just above the hoof. The pulse should be relatively feint in a healthy horse. A heavy pulse is an indication of problems.
- SIX – Distorted hoof growth.
Laminitis prevents the hoof grow properly, causing it to become misshapen. This usually only becomes evident rather late; the hoofs will begin to spread out and sometimes even turn upwards.
- SEVEN – Foot lifting (too much or too little)
Horses shuffle their feet to keep blood circulating. An early response to laminitis can be to shift often to help extra blood flow, or to avoid shifting due to pain.
- EIGHT – Visible gap.
Look for a gap between the hoof wall and the sole on the underside of the hoof. This is a very strong indication and needs to be taken care of immediately.
- NINE – Shortened stride.
A shortened stride indicates pain much as a limp does in a human. This can be particularly evident when walking on hard surfaces.
- TEN – Obesity.
Obesity is not a sign, but can be a precursor to laminitis. Extra weight can put stress on the hoof that encourages the breakdown of the laminae.
Keep an eye out for any of these signs to make sure that your horse is comfortable and healthy. With any indication of discomfort, consult a vet. The easiest way for your horse to recover is to be proactive and take protective measures as soon as you see the signs.
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How Far Does My Shed Have to Be From The Boundary or Fence?
Regulations depend on a number of things, including the height of the shed and the purpose the shed is being used for.
Below are some common situations:
Backyard sheds need to be 15 centimetres from the boundary unless they are over 3.6 metres high.
Sheds above this height need to be 1 metre from the boundary/fence. This distance increases with the height of the shed.
Farm sheds (like hay sheds & machinery sheds) need to be 5 metres from the boundary.
The shed must also be at least 100 metres from any highways, if they happen to be nearby. They must also be 20 metres from any other road.
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How much to build a factory or warehouse?
How much does it cost to build a factory?
Although every job is unique, and factories range from the very small to the very large, we’ll outline some estimates and figures below.
The best way to find out is to request a quote. You’ll get a response within 1 working day with an exact figure.
NOTE: These costs include the design & fabrication of the structural steel and the cost of installation. They do not include fit-out costs or site preparation costs.
Small to medium warehouses
Small to medium builds include small warehouses, extensions, washbays and workshops.
Cost range: $10,000 – $45,000
Size range: 50m2 – 400m2
Medium buildings are often storage sheds, machinery sheds and smaller factories.
Cost Range: $45,000 – $80,000
Size range: 200m2 – 700m2
Large warehouses & factories
Large projects include large warehouses, infrastructural buildings and factories. These are usually built by medium sized companies.
Cost range: $80,000 – $400,000
Size range: 350m2 – 2,300m2
(We also build structures larger than these measurements. Contact us for details).
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Where have you built before?
We’ve built all over Australia, and we’re able to travel to any state. We recently built a bull riding ring for the Stockman’s Hall Of Fame in Queensland, but we’re based in Kyneton, Victoria.
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