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post #1 of 20 Old 07-13-2011, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
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homemade horse toys

not the cheap looking ones like the milk jug things
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post #2 of 20 Old 07-20-2011, 04:36 PM
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I have no idea what you are trying to say. You are selling homemade toys? You are looking to buy them? You want to know more about them?
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post #3 of 20 Old 07-20-2011, 04:52 PM
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Do you want to know how to make them?

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post #4 of 20 Old 07-27-2011, 06:57 PM
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If you want to know a good one to make, a rider at my barn ties 3 knots in a short but thick rope and her horse unties them! Simple, cheap and quick!

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post #5 of 20 Old 07-31-2011, 02:04 PM
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I've used this idea for horses that like to chew. Start by folding two pieces of bailing twine in half. Braid all four pieces together, leaving a good eight inches or so open at the bottom. You can either add more twine and create a ball, or you can firmly tie a small stuffed animal (minus eyes and all other plastic parts) to the bottom. You can also use a toy with a squeaker, though be careful they don't get the squeaker out. Hang this from the top of the stall. This can amuse the horses for hours.

You can also do the standard rocks in a well-washed milk jug, minus the cap.


I gave pieces of old carpeting--large pieces--4 foot square at least-- to a young colt who had to be isolated from the herd. He had the best time, tossing them around, tearing them up. Take them away before they get too stringy.

If you do give the horse a bucket, take the bail (handle) off so he can't get a leg caught. Don't give him flimsy hard buckets that might shatter--those black rubber pans are good toys. My colts drag those all over the pasture.

Milk jugs-- put small amounts of sweet feed or oats in them, leave the top off, let the horse figure out throwing the jug around gets her a reward of a little feed.

Horses seem to like to make noise. If you can stand it yourself--a big cow bell hung in the stall seems to entertain some horses endlessly.

I've never used them, but I see those PonyPops advertised on RFD-TV.
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post #6 of 20 Old 07-31-2011, 05:36 PM
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My horse seems to love taking my grooming kit apart and flinging everything in all directions. Once he has emptied the entire kit, he takes the bucket and throws it across his pen, usually into a mud puddle. That's his favorite game.
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post #7 of 20 Old 07-31-2011, 10:11 PM
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I've seen some horses even play with their rubber feed bins.

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post #8 of 20 Old 07-31-2011, 10:36 PM
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Ours like to play with the big plastic barrels. They roll them around, kick them, etc...

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post #9 of 20 Old 08-01-2011, 12:32 PM
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sometimes just tying a turnip to the roof on a length of rope is great fun for custard!

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post #10 of 20 Old 08-01-2011, 02:10 PM
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We hang halters and lead lines on our stalls. These provide endless amusement for Hugo who flings his halter as far as he can and chews on his lead line.

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