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    08-30-2010, 09:57 PM
Giant balls for horses yes/no/why?

I've been looking at those huge 25-40 inch balls for horses. I tried a regular jolly ball without success, I'm hoping that perhaps a peppermint scented one will better catch my horses interest. Loki in particular is a peppermint nerd.

Has anyone ever used or bought one of these giant balls? Good or bad? They look great for exercise and desensitizing. I worry that Divo may be bored all alone in his pasture. I'll also be bringing out my new colt in a few weeks and don't want him to be bored either when I'm not around.

Thoughts? Suggestions?
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    08-30-2010, 10:02 PM
LMAO! I am SOOO sorry but your post title made me bust out laughing!

In regards to your actual post, I've wondered the same thing!
    08-30-2010, 10:09 PM
I thought it would be nice for our pony, as he is in a paddock alone, but he just snuffed at it a bit, and then ignored it. It was just a plain rubber pilates-type ball, though. I really wanted him to love it! :(
    08-30-2010, 10:19 PM
I would love to get one of those really big ones, so I can teach my girl horsey soccer...I think it would be the 40 in? I can't really see how these would be dangerous...and some horses would probably have an absolute blast with 'em.
    08-30-2010, 10:26 PM
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Those are the 'soccer' balls and yes they are wonderful. We have two at our barn. Solon absolutely loves him. They are spendy but worth it.
    08-30-2010, 10:43 PM
Would a large exercise ball work? I have several extras around here.
    08-30-2010, 10:48 PM
Green Broke
I wouldn't use those, they pop fairly easily with a big foot stomping on them. And the horse like to stomp on them!

The ones we have a the big green ones from the original horse soccer group but they come in a variety of colors/styles now.

These were the anti burst balls and no longer in stock for some reason. Not sure how the others do as far as popping.

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    08-30-2010, 11:43 PM
The title made me gigle hehe! I don't know about the balls, but I saw a video of a young friesian having a blast with one. It was really cute!
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    08-31-2010, 12:41 AM
Mine had one (just a big pilates/yoga ball or whatever) and he loved it but he popped it. He got terrified of it and I think it really ended up doing more harm then good.
    08-31-2010, 01:08 AM
Haven't tried the giant ones yet, but know a few places around here where horses have them and seem to enjoy them. My guy has a peppermint jolly ball that he loves to tease the horse in the next stall with. He loses interest though, so I rotate toys between the jolly ball, an amazing graze (thing he rolls around and "treats"/alfalfa cubes fall out, and a good ol lick-it. Between those three and lots of turn out he never gets bored and has stopped his chewing and cribbing ways!

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