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post #1 of 2 Old 12-03-2012, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
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Any Suggestions for Robbie? Help needed!!

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Poor guy is taking this whole 24/7 stall rest thing really tough. He was a full outdoor horse before this incident, ridden 6 days a week and jumped twice a week. So this abrupt change to confinement is taking a toll on him and I'm worried because he is getting a bit depressed and he may not heal as well or as fast as me and the vets hope he will. I really need suggestions on how I can keep his spirits up while he is slowly getting sadder in his jail cell haha.

Here are the things I have already tried:

- jolly ball, lickit, boredom buster...tried them all he has wants nothing to do with them. He was okay with the lickit at first but I think it frustrated him too much and he gave up altogether.
- mirror...all he does is lick the whole thing and tries to eat it. It currently has half-eaten food all over it haha.
- opening his stall door and putting a restraint to keep him in...did that once and he escaped underneath. Tried a bigger nylon one and he broke through it. Maybe I should try a different kind if available?

Also some people have suggested just taking him on a quick walk around the barn to give him a change of scenery but as much as I'd like too, the less walking the better. :(
I feel so bad for him cause it's not like I can plop him in front of a tv for the next couple months. He basically stands by his stall door slamming his head against it to try and get it to open. I'm running out of ideas on how to keep him happy, entertained, etc so anything you guys think of would be appreciated!! I'll try anything!!

Robbie says thank you!!

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post #2 of 2 Old 12-03-2012, 09:17 PM
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Hi I read the first thread and im sending Robbie lots of prayers! Putting his hay in a hay net might help keep him busy. =) Also so bringing a horse buddy to see him might help too!
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