One our most exciting buildings of the last couple of years has been the new rodeo cover for the Stockman’s Hall of Fame.
It’s been a great privilege to work on what has been a fantastic project for an excellent organisation. From the foundations through to the finishing touches, we could not be happier with how this project turned out.
The Hall of Fame has had a very clear vision for what they wanted, and this new addition to a Queensland institution has been turned into something unique and excellent.
Below are the photos from laying the first foundations through to completion.
The frame, erected
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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10 Creative Ways To Reuse Old Horse Stirrups
1. A door knocker.
A simple little way of letting visitors know that they’re about to enter a horse property. A great first impression.
2. A towel holder.
Any way you can get a little reminder of your horses into your everyday decor is a good idea. This lovely little touch makes you feel like you’re in a luxury BnB ranch,
3. Wind chimes.
A great idea that looks nice and sounds even better. Wind chimes are underrated, right?
4. Candle light holders.
Beautiful, simple and easy to set up. As in the photo, it’s best to make sure these aren’t actual open flames, but LED lights.
A wonderful way to liven up your back patio.
5. A dream catcher.
If you’re into the bohemian look, an old English stirrup can be made into a nice dream catcher with some simple crafting techniques.
6. A lamp.
Another project using an old english stirrup, this lamp gives a nice rustic look to a room, and uses the stirrup very subtly.
7. A Christmas wreath centrepiece.
Old stirrups are versatile because of their simple shape – they look great in a whole lot of different designs.
8. A decoration.
Super simple, right? Make use of that naturally beautiful shape of the stirrup and hang a little decoration in there with twine.
9. A hand towel holder.
Or a napkin holder. Either way, all you need is an English stirrup. Nothing else
10. A photo frame.
Beautiful! An elegant way to keep your memories.
English stirrups can be attached to the wall and used as tiny shelves for trinkets. Excellent.