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    09-04-2009, 01:32 PM
Another question... stall boredom?

Carolina is in a stall at night at the new barn, turned out during the day. I've noticed that she's started chewing (not cribbing) the stall door.

Should I get her a jolly ball and a likit thingy? I don't want her stressed out in there or even worse, starting to crib.
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    09-04-2009, 02:20 PM
Yes they are definitely fun for them! =] I hang mine up and my two like to play "volley ball" with theirs together HAHA. Especially if there is a tasty treat to lick she most likely won't think about chewing. They also have this toy called a "pacifier" where you mount it onto your horse's stall wall and they can take their lips and roll around on it for fun. I haven't tried it yet, but I'm going to get one and do so. They also have sprays on the market to put on the area they chew on that tastes bitter and repels/discourages them from chewing. Good luck!BTW, if it gets worse, they have cribbing collars with sheepskin lining that you can use on her to stop the cribbing/wind sucking.
    09-04-2009, 02:24 PM
More hay would be the first thing I would try, doesn't have to be the best hay, such as alfalfa, but something to keep her busy.

Horse's either love the jolly balls and lik-it's or could care a less. We used to have the lik-it's that hung from the ceiling, they never touched them. Then we got the ones that mount on the wall and they have to spin them to get to the lik-it..... BIG fun! Keeps them busy for a long time.

An old milk jug with some hole punched in it with a bit of grain may hold her interest.
    09-04-2009, 03:38 PM
Hmm hay idea is out - she's not a big hay eater for some reason. I'm hoping once she settles into the new barn she will be.

I'm going to investigate the tack shops around here (since there seem to be a tonne!!! YAY!!!) and get her some treats.
    09-04-2009, 05:36 PM
We make stall toys for our horses who are on stall rest or have to be stalled a lot.

We use plastic milk cartons, make a few small holes in them and put some pellets inside. If they roll the milk carton around enough, one of the pellets will fall out. It keeps them entertained.

Sometimes we take some milk cartons and hang them high on the stall walls with hay twine. They use those like punching bags.

You don't have to spend a lot of money on stall toys - you can make them.

During the summer at dollar stores you can find beach balls or other balls. They also roll those around and stay busy.

I'm sure you can make some home made stall toys. If they get torn up or dirty, just throw them away and start over.

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