Horse stalls and horse barns are all part of owning horses. Horses are not only a very personable animal, they are also very costly. So having the appropriate facilities for them in important. Someone once said, "Give me a horse and sell the car, they both cost about the same but at least my horse appreciates me". The bond between horse and human can be so strong at times that some famous actors even contemplated retirement when their horse passed away.
Probably two of the most popular horses in Americana are Trigger and Mister Ed. Roy Rodgers did in fact own Trigger. He purchased him from the stable that supplied him to the studio without the studio's knowledge. For a vast sum of I believe it was $4,500, when Roy Rodgers was making about $100 a week, he obtained ownership of the stallion. Several years later, after the death of his first wife, he even proposed to Dale Evans from the back of his horse. Mister Ed, also a famous Palomino, was very instrumental in taking Allen Young (lead star Wilber Post) from a down time in his performing career back into the lime light once again. Allen Young even considered retirement from show business once Ed passed away just because he had been so attached to this special horse.
When I was reading the autobiography of Allen Young clear your house rubbish I thought it was really interesting that Mister Ed considered his stall his little domain. On the set, if he had to go, he would simply walk back to his stall and take care of business. Imagine a house broken horse.
Anyway, back to horse stalls and their importance. The main styles of horse barns are shed row, pole barns, and bank barns. A good size for horse stalls is the 12x12 foot construction. Stall doors need to be an average of six feet wide to prevent the horse running into the door or frame as they walk through. The wider doorway also protects people from getting trapped against the horse if one pulls them through the door way.
Barn aisles, typically found in pole barns and bank barns, are the clear paths through the center of the barn. Aisles need to be an average of at least 12 feet wide. Adding a few feet and allowing 16 feet or more is even better. If a barn has a wide aisle and high overhead clearance young horses can be broken and ridden in the aisle way. Another use for wide aisles is letting small children loose on ponies or horses. Having a confined area allows the child some freedom and also a chance to learn some control and steering in a smaller grass free environment.
Shed row barns have the stalls lined up, each opening to the outside typically with Dutch doors. These barns can have a single roof slope and do not usually have aisles built into them.
Bank barns are ones which are dug into a hillside. Many of the horse bank barns are actually converted cow or dairy barns. Bank barns are very cool, more expensive to construct, but very functional for horses if the ceilings are high enough.
Horse stall partitions should be at least eight feet high. This prevents horses from reaching one another over the walls. One horse owner wash brushing her horse in the stall and the horse in the next stall lunged over the wall at the first horse. Missing the horse being groomed, the aggressor instead sunk his teeth into the back of the owner. So having a higher stall wall between is safer.
Many times barns are not built with a high enough clearance. The horse's natural reaction to being startled is to rear up. So having a 12 foot high barn ceiling or even 16 feet makes it safer. The higher clearance also allows for hay wagons, tractors, and people to ride inside the barn.
The higher door clearance on the stalls themselves is also a good idea. Many times the rollers for the stall doors are mounted even with the top of the walls. This gives an eight foot high door way when the ceiling of the barn is twelve feet or better. The potential danger is that a rider will try to ride into the stall and not see the over head door lintel. It is best to extend the lumber on the stall door and mount the rollers as high as possible in relation to the roof.
Horse stall mats are another issue to consider. I have seen horse stalls lined with everything from just dirt raked smooth, to cement covered with stall mats, wood covered with mats, and even railroad ties with sand between the ties. It is not a good idea to leave sand as the top layer of the stall floor. Horses are constantly nibbling off of the floor. The sand then becomes ingested and the horse can then colic. Sand colic is very common in coastal areas or where ever the soil has a high concentration of sand. Mats are a good idea. They reduce the amount of bedding needed. Matting also relieves pressure on joints and bones. Standing directly on cement is about the worst for the horses.
Automatic horse water is another nice enhancement to a stall, but not necessary. Hanging buckets with double ended snaps from rings mounted on the wall does work well. When choosing automatic water options many times one unit can be set between two stalls. This allows two horses to have access to the same water. It is wise to have at least one stall that does not have a shared waterer. That way if a new horse is brought into the stable, then it can be quarantined for a short time. Shared water can spread colds, strangles, and other horse diseases, but this is not a problem when the horses stay at the barn and do not travel a lot. If you have a horse that is constantly going to shows, trail rides, or other functions where it comes into contact with other horses, it is a good idea to not let that horse be turned out or share water with others during the months it is traveling.
Whenever your turn comes to build a horse barn, no matter what style you choose, be sure to still pay attention to parameters that are applicable to all barns. Horse stall size, partition height, door width, horse stall matting, and automatic waters are all things that go into every horse stall no matter what type of barn in which it is located. Safe horse stalls are one very important aspect of caring for our equine friends.
I often wonder why so many people choose to buy and pay for new cars every few years. I mean, doesn't anyone ever want to get out of debt? Sure, it would be nice to drive a new car and you sure don't have to fix them as often, but is that really a justification for debt?
Kiplinger says no. According to Kiplinger, your car, assuming it's been well maintained, should be running long after the odometer has clicked over 100,000 miles.
Okay, just so that we are all on the same page, I drive a 1996 BMW 3 series. It's a stick shift and has about 180,000 on it. I bought it for cash, or rather traded my husband's motorcycle for it and have never regretted the decision. My husband did for a little while, but we bought him a motorcycle the following summer (for cash, too...but that's another post.) It's not that I'm rich enough to be going around buying cars for cash; it's that I'm too cheap to have a car payment. As a matter of fact, I haven't had a car payment in over 10 years. No, I didn't always own the Bimmer. As a matter of fact, I just bought it last year. But, as I was furiously packing up my mother's Chevy Blazer for a 900 mile trip to Dallas as my 16 year old BMW sat sadly in the driveway, I began to re-evaluate my situation and began wondering if a new car was in my future.
I think that it's important car scratch repair Bradford to point out here that "new" car doesn't mean the same thing to me as it might to other folks. New in my book means new to me. A new car for me could mean a 16 year old BMW with a great service history. I have never, nor will ever purchase a brand new vehicle...at least not until I'm independently wealthy...and even then it would be a struggle. But my point is, I'm struggling with the age old question about when it simply doesn't make sense to keep repairing an older car and buy a new one.
Take, for example, my situation last week. My husband and I needed to travel for business. The trip was going to take about 13 hours and require 900 miles of non-stop driving. Now, mechanically, my car would have probably made the trip fine. I mean, I change the oil regularly and keep an eye out for trouble, but it needed new tires and I was afraid that the clutch might go at any point (I've got to remember to get this stuff fixed this week!). Anyway, I ended up borrowing a car to make the trip since my car needed some TLC. After I got back, I started looking at what it was going to take to get my car back into fighting shape...and then I remembered why I put it off to begin with. Repairs, including labor, were probably going to set me back about $1200 or so. Heck, for just a few more dollars, I could probably find a car that didn't need any work at all. It might even be in a little bit better condition cosmetically. And then I started thinking about just how much I loved my little car and how little it had actually needed in terms of repairs and maintenance over the past year and just how reliable it's been and pushed the thought of getting rid of it right out of my mind. Of course I was going to put new rubber on that old car and fix the clutch when it went out. The investment would take me a lot farther than spending more than the repair cost on a car with an unknown reliability history.
When trying to decide whether or not repairing your old clunker is worth it, Kiplinger suggests keeping these tips in mind:
1. Which option is cheaper? In most cases, the repair work will be much less expensive than buying a new car, but you also have to think about it in future terms. Are the repairs mechanical in nature? Are they wear and tear repairs or cosmetic? How long can you go before repairing your car again? Are the repairs maintenance in nature (like my tires and clutch) or are they a reflection of mechanical failures? All of these questions weigh into the cost consideration.
2. Were you in the market to buy a new car already? Large ticket purchases should NEVER be made as an impulse purchase, no matter how desperate you are. Buying a new car in haste will only bring you misery...trust me, I've done it twice. Do your homework. Know what you can afford and understand the ins and outs of the car you're buying before you plunk down your hard earned cash. If the purchase you have to make is because your old car has finally died, rent or borrow a car for a few days until you can make an informed choice.
3. Do you have the money to buy a new car or is financing your only option? My advice is if you have to finance, you should repair the old one until you can afford to buy with cash.
4. Last but not least, consider your insurance before buying a new car. Insurance premiums will vary based on age, make and model of the car you drive and if you finance your car, your premium may be much higher than you expect. Check with your insurance agent before you buy.
Are you having a difficult time getting over your ex girlfriend? Are you unsure as to want to do to recover and heal from the relationship you had with your ex girlfriend? To help understand common thoughts and feelings a guy may experience when he is trying to get over his ex girlfriend and for tips on what you can do to get over your ex girlfriend, I have interviewed therapist Jenny Grace Shaw, M.ED, LMHC, CPT, CWS.
Tell me a little bit about yourself.
"I hold a Masters degree in Education and Counseling, a Bachelors degree in Psychology, Minor in Sociology, and am Licensed Mental Health Counselor. I have a passion for people, listening to and understanding their life journeys, advocating for their needs, educating and supporting them through trials and tribulations, and guiding them towards long term emotional, physical, and spiritual health; their authentic self."
What are common thoughts and feelings a guy may experience when he is trying to get over his ex-girlfriend?
"We have all heard the song, 'Breaking Up is Hard to Do,' sung by Neil Sedaka back in the 70's; well, if there was ever a song speaking the truth, that's the one.
It is difficult breaking up no matter what the reason because it's not just the actual act of ending the relationship, it's the time afterwards. There are many questions, feelings, thoughts, and confusion to face. Some may believe that it is easier for men versus women to dissolve their relationships. However, it's been my experience that such termination holds no 'easiness' for either gender.
For this purposes of this article I will be speaking to the difficulty men experience when trying to get over an ex-girlfriend and how he might better work through the break up, but I would feel amiss if I didn't acknowledge how both sexes could benefit from the following discussion.
Anger would most likely be the primary feeling expressed by men. It's very common for the anger to be noticed as well as felt since shame, hurt, fear, and sadness tend to be too intense to acknowledge.
Through medial, parental, educational, cultural, and environmental messages; anger has consistently been portrayed as 'acceptable,' or do I dare say, 'expected' of men. Still, if bereavement counselling stevenage the goal is to truly work through the impact that a break up can evoke, men must be open to the feelings that nest below the anger. Men can expect to feel confusion, anxiety and even panic at times; 'What happened?' 'What did I do?' 'What didn't I do?' 'Did she cheat?' 'Did she leave me for another?' 'How do I get her back?' are just some of the questions known to arise. Feelings of fear, shame and guilt usually stand next to sadness in the internal line of emotional distress. He may obsessively ponder what he is to do now for the rest of his life, determine that there is no other woman for him thus, irrationally (though it feels rational) deciding to shut himself off from all women and maybe even everyone else.
Men may slip right into the world of denial'"this can occur both consciously and unconsciously depending upon his age, maturity level, support system (or lack thereof), surrounding stressors and responsibilities, and ability to cope with intense emotions and life situations.
Self-esteem, self-worth and confidence levels are challenged leaving a man feeling emasculated.
On the other hand, there are men who have experienced sincere calm during their splits. This does not mean they are absolutely 'fine' or that they don't care at all, it simply signifies that they are aware of what has occurred, carry no resentment or regrets, reviewed the components of the relationship, accept who they are and what their needs entail, and are willing to go through all they need to do to stay focused on the new life phase placed before them."
What are some things a guy can do to get over his ex-girlfriend?
"She broke your heart, you caught her cheating, your lives are taking different paths; whatever the story, it's clear you need to honor the truth and get going on getting over your girlfriend.
The following 6 actions will help guide you back to 'owning' your destiny, embracing your self-respect, and in fact, secure a new sense of self-empowerment. Having said that, this is not an easy process and men, you cannot try to force it, skip a step or ignore, change or deny each feeling, for it only prolongs the trials while also increasing your indulgence of self-destructive beliefs and behaviors. Rest assured, the more you remain open and mindful, the more likely you are to come out of such turmoil a stronger, even more special man.
1. Stop placing her on a pedestal.
Men, remember you are still worthy of respect and love. The more you keep her up on a pedestal, the more you lose sight of your own worth. Take her down and put yourself back up. Anything else is just wasted energy. Yes, she has wonderful qualities, no one will argue with that. Yes, you two have had some of the greatest moments together; she may have been the best lover ever, her intelligence or humor may have rocked your world, but she is just ONE woman amongst many other magnificent ones. Pedestals are made for scholars, trophies, or presidential speeches, NOT women. The fact is you both are equals; worthy of love, respect, time, patience, kindness, success, trust, and happiness.
2. Stop all contact.
I know it will be difficult to not hear her voice, see her face, or spend time at home or other mutual places since memories are everywhere. I realize you may feel deeply rejected, can't imagine not being able to help her when she is in need, fear you might run into her with another man, and argue that if you just try to be friends she may want you back. Such rationalizations are only 'intelligent sounding noise' in your head. Your best bet is to take care of yourself first. Break ups are hard enough, the faster and more diligent you remain towards healing, the shorter the painful experiences will be. Think about it, would you really ignore a large slash in your arm hoping it will heal on its own? No, if it is not respectfully cared for, it will fester, become infected, and sure enough develop into a much larger, more serious health issue. The same is true for your emotional health.
3. Make a commitment
Yes, you heard me, make a commitment, except this time make it to yourself. Take the time needed to review your feelings, begin journaling, evaluate your physical health and make changes as needed (nutritionally balanced eating and exercise does wonders for a hurting heart), talk to safe and healthy friends (avoid those who may spend their time telling you what to do rather than listening'"you know who they are), investigate outside help; a Therapist, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Social Worker, or Pastor. Get active and join a new support group, fitness team, social club, church activity; whatever "floats your boat"'"remember this is now the time that you can happily shout 'it's all about me!'
4. Don't worry about his or hers possessions left remaining.
I have seen this over and over again and with a lot of denial attached; some leaving their things almost as if to make a statement 'I own you, I still have your ----.' Others argue that if they let go of the 'item' their memories will cease too. Memories are an incredible gift we are blessed with whenever we share with others. They can never be destroyed unless the person wants them to be. Thus, to stay focused on the path of healing, holding onto items or using them as leverage is not a productive way to cherish the positive memories, rather it is a self-destructive coping activity. Let go and accept the reality of the situation. You two had wonderful moments, but your relationship, for whatever reason, has reached the end of its journey. Now, is the time to be present; placing all energy on grieving and healing. The items are just that, 'items.' Control over your heart or the chance for reconciliation, they are not.
5. Recognize the difference between NEEDS and WANTS.
This is the time to get right down to basics. Needs and wants get convoluted often. You may feel as though you can't 'stand' to be without your girlfriend. You announce that you NEED her or you just don't know what to do. 'How can I work?' 'I can't eat, sleep, I am a wreck without her!' No argument over whether or not break ups are difficult; they are. After all, they constitute an 'ending' and can be synonymous to a death. They are stressful, painful, uncomfortable; at the very least, but she is NOT a need for life. The very presence in your world does not mean she will be providing you with oxygen or sustenance. She is not that powerful. She is a WANT. Truth is, had you never met her, you would not have had any idea how special she is, you couldn't, you would have been too focused on another. This is the time to intensify acknowledgement on your actual life needs while appreciating how wants have another special place in your world.
6. Go ahead and date!
Having said that, remain open. Recognize and appreciate things that did not work with you and your ex girlfriend. Make a list of things you want in your life and things you don't. It is extremely important to notice the difference. One of the most unrecognized gifts of break ups is that this is now your time to get to know yourself even better. You have an opportunity to grow. As humans, we don't grow from happiness, we grow from pain or difficulties. I know this doesn't make the emotional pain feel any better, but after one has been through pain and experienced personal growth, it's empowering. Dating, fantasizing, having great conversations with other women will allow you to gain emotional, spiritual, and mental strength. It may feel awkward or scary. Your mind may play tricks on you by denouncing your loyalty to your ex; all of which are valid feelings, yet still untrue and again, 'intelligent sounding noise.' True, long term healing requires stepping out in your own best interest. Be choosy without shutting yourself down or pushing potentially great new relationships away.
Finally, the new woman has nothing to do with your ex girlfriend, treat her with the time, patience, and respect as she deserves. Treating her any other way will only hurt you. Resentment, judgment, or punishment need not be a part of your healing process."
What type of help is available for a guy who is having a difficult time getting over his ex- girlfriend?
"Men have several choices of guidance when getting over an ex-girlfriend. As mentioned above, investigating therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers in their area can be as simple as opening the Yellow pages or utilizing internet search engines like Google. Nowadays, there are blogs and even personal comments about their experiences with doctors, therapists, agencies, etc. The great news is that more and more men are searching out such guidance whereas not too long ago they would stuff it all down in the name of pride or shame. Remember, repression equals emotional infection; no recipe for healing.
Craigslist, another great internet resource, has columns dedicated to community activities, support and discussion groups, events, and athletic activities. If all else fails or if you just prefer, head directly to the local Borders, Barnes n' Noble, or Library.
Self-help books, books on CD, Biographies of others who have worked through a difficult break up are everywhere. Personally, I have found workbooks , on many subjects, to be very helpful. Start your own support group, Blog, discussion session, etc. recognizing just how not alone you are can feel like someone just put the air back in your lungs."
What last advice would you like to give to a guy who is trying to get over his ex-girlfriend?
"Refuse to blame yourself. Relationships are not one-sided; both individuals play an important role in their success and demise. Take this time to recognize your strengths and weaknesses, take responsibility for your mistakes while not holding onto hers, note the gifts and life lessons learned, and move on. Finally, breathe, you are okay.
Thank you Jenny for doing the interview on 6 tips for getting over your ex girlfriend. For more information on Jenny Grace Shaw or her work you can check out her website on www.jennyshawtherapy.com.
On-the-job accidents should be covered by a workman's compensation claim, but these claims are not generally easy to secure.
Let's take a look at the reason why cab driving is so dangerous, the reason why claims are so hard to secure, and exactly what you can do to successfully secure the workman's comp claim if you're the taxi driver injured on the job.
The Dangers of Driving a Taxi
There are many different types of injuries that drivers are in risk for. Because the job consists of such a variety of daily activities, the forms of injuries also vary:
Vehicle accidents: Spending so much time on the streets puts taxi cab drivers at a the upper chances for being involved in an accident. Even when the taxi cab driver is competent, she or he can't always avoid the negligent or even distracted driving behaviors of others.
Repeated Motion Injuries: Taxi cab drivers might develop back or shoulder problems from frequently moving heavy luggage in and out of the trunk. Or even, a cab driver might have problems with carpal tunnel syndrome from sitting.
Workplace Violence: According to the National Company for Occupational Health and Safety, taxi cab motorists face large assault and murder rates in their job. An injury experienced buy a passenger Airport Transfer Gatwick is a workplace injury and this injury may be covered by the workman's comp policy.
If you are the taxi cab driver who has been hurt on-the-job, your injuries might be protected under a workman's compensation claim. This might be hard to prove so it is always best to have a good lawyer on your side.
Why Workman's Comp Claims Can Be Difficult for Cab Drivers
Cab motorists are often employed by a cab corporation as independent contractors. By employing cab drivers in this way, cab businesses may hope to avoid having to protect their drivers under a workman's payment plan. But if you a cab motorist that was injured on-the-job, you may be entitled to a workman's comp claim looking an independent contractor for the cab corporation. The legal system often discusses more than just what your tax types say. The courts will look at the relationship to the taxi cab company:
Would you provide your own cab or will the company provide it for you?
Will the cab company dictate the particular hours that you work?
Does the particular cab company send you radio phone calls you are expected to answer?
Are you required to wear a uniform by the taxi company?
Is the cab company's logo design or phone number on the side of your taxi?
Even if you are an independent contractor, these types of questions may establish if you are actually a worker and that the cab company is definitely your employer responsible for your on the job injuries.
A Workman's Compensation Lawyer Can Help
The cab company may try to refuse your workman's comp claim if you are a independent contractor for the company. If you believe that the cab company is your accountable employer, then you should seek the aid of an attorney who specializes in workman's payment cases, particularly ones involving hurt cab drivers.
They will look at your case and determine if you have a claim against your employer. If they believe that you have a case, they can help you safe a successful workman's comp claim. Being an employee injured on-the-job, you are worthy of just compensation for your injuries. The workman's comp attorney can help you bargain legal matters so that you can spend your time coping with your injury.