Projects with Horse SA

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Horse SA represents the interest of horse owners and those involved in the horse industry. The organisation works with local communities, environmental groups and government to develop projects and contribute to legislation related to horses.

Engineering students at UniSA have completed valuable research and engineering design projects for Horse SA.

The following projects would be particularly suitable for engineering and environmental science students. 

Rail Trails design project

In Australia, disused railway lines are converted for use as Recreational Trails. Many rail trails around Australia allow horses to share with cyclists and walkers. There are no known Australian guides for rail trail planners to work from when it comes to horses.

In this project students would be required to:

  • Research current infrastructure in use in Australia and overseas
  • Advise which basic infrastructure items would benefit from student design
  • Using CAD or other tools, design infrastructure for rail trails which permit horses.

 

'Shared use' trails design project

Horse SA has developed a horse trail infrastructure guide which is ad hoc and informal, based mainly on photographs. As part of reviewing the document, and updating information available to community and local government, it is desirable to provide drawings and design information. In this project students would be required to

  • Research current horse trail infrastructure in use in Australia and overseas
  • Discuss with Horse SA which basic infrastructure items would benefit from student design
  • Design and CAD selected infrastructure items which may include horse yards, step overs, hitching rails

 

Improving biodiversity and water quality around stable yards

Many horse owners have a growing awareness of the need to improve biodiversity and water quality around stable yards. This project will provide an educational tool box of ideas for horse owners, prepared as a small booklet available online; on Pin boards and on Pinterest.  Your ideas may be be implemented in selected stable yards.

In this project students would be required to:

  • Research current biodiversity and water quality improvements practiced in stable yards in Australia and overseas  e.g. rain gardens, herb pots, bee hotels, bird boxes
  • Discuss with Horse SA which ideas would benefit from inclusion into a horse owner resource for South Australia
  • Prepare images and text on the selected ideas, which will be prepared using graphic design techniques (additional help may be available here if required).

 

Investigating conflict on shared use trails

In South Australia, most trails are for shared use between horse riders, walkers and cyclists. In this project, students will survey trail users and undertake desktop research on messaging used in videos, images, text related to user conflict and sharing trails. The outcome of this project is to prepare a discussion paper and example messaging.

Kidman Trail

(Mullen in Horse SA, 2014)

Horse SA

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