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    02-15-2009, 07:46 PM
  #1
Foal
Smile Stall boredom

Hi,
I really hope that this is the right place to post this. My horse had to get stitches on friday, and she is on stall rest for 2 weeks. She will probibly go insane, so I was just wondering what everyones tricks are for keeping your horse occupied. She is not a fan of lickits, salt blocks, or jolly balls. I would like something that I can make at home like a milk carton filled with rocks that hang. Any Suggestions? Thanks!
     
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    02-15-2009, 07:55 PM
  #2
Green Broke
Oh yes, this EXACT thing just happened to my horse -- she had stitches from a surgery and had to be on stall rest for 2 weeks as well, NO moving her out of the stall at all! And there are a few tricks I used to keep her from going insane:

1. Get a milk/water gallon jug and poke some pellet-sized holes in the bottom and leave the top cap off. Fill with a handful of pelleted treats - if your horse moves the jug the right way, she'll get a tasty treat! Hang from the ceiling or the wall -- I had 2 of these in Sandie's stall and one also had a handful of sweet grain which would fall out more easily and kept her attention.

2. Teach your horse tricks Now this isn't for all people, but for those who wish to teach tricks, it definitely keeps the mind occupied. I taught Sandie how to "shake hands" during her stall rest, by using tic tacs as treats, I just tapped her leg and then picked it up and said "Shake" and rewarded her. Now all I have to do is reach my hand out and say "Shake" and she does it! HOWEVER, as with any trick you also can't give the horse a treat whenever they do the trick, which they will try all the time without you asking first just to get one! Only give the treat when YOU asked for the trick...otherwise someone could walk by and get swiped by your horse's hoof!! (Sandie's still learning not to "shake hands" unless I ask her now!!)

3. I know you said your horse isn't a fan of salt blocks, but have you ever tried the flavored kind? Sandie LOVES peppermint flavored and candy apple flavored salt blocks!

Other than those ideas, I'd say just be sure to visit every day and groom her, talk to her, just hang out with her in the stall. All of the above helped Sandie not to go stir crazy -- but don't get me wrong, even so, the first day out of her stall she went CRAZY (DO NOT ride that first day lol)

Hope everything turns out okay for you and your mare!
     
    02-15-2009, 07:58 PM
  #3
Yearling
I was told to be sure to take the lid off the milk jug when you fill it with rocks for a toy. Cover the hole with duct tape. Some one said a horse can chew off the lid and swallow it. Seems like they could chew duct tape too. Not sure if that is sound advice. Someone on this forum had good luck putting treats in a jug and kept the horse busy trying to get them. Not sure where that was on here but it sounded good. Give her lots of grass hay to munch on. My horse had to be in a stall for three days and was miserable. So good luck, you will get through it!
     
    02-15-2009, 08:04 PM
  #4
Yearling
Oops, sorry I did not see that some one had already put in the treat idea. Think I will write that one down in case I ever need it.
     
    02-15-2009, 10:13 PM
  #5
Yearling
When my horse was on stall rest...after a week of failed toys and treat machines...the best thing I found to do for him was move him to a stall with a window and hand walk him as much as possible. I ended up going out there 3 times a day and handwalking for almost an hour each time.
     
    02-16-2009, 12:31 PM
  #6
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Juniper    
Someone on this forum had good luck putting treats in a jug and kept the horse busy trying to get them. Not sure where that was on here but it sounded good.
That was me And it worked very well!! But yes, definitely take off the cap! It's more fun for them anyway because if they tip it over they can get a treat out of the top of the jug too!
     
    02-16-2009, 12:33 PM
  #7
Green Broke
Are you allowed to hand walk at all? What hotreddun said would definitely be helpful if you are...in Sandie's case I wasn't even allowed to do that because the stitches were right behind her front leg in her "armpit" area (I guess you'd call it that if she had arms anyway!!) The vet said I couldn't even let her walk around because there was a good chance she'd pull them just walking!
     
    02-17-2009, 01:07 PM
  #8
Foal
I can now walk her 15 minutes a day. We don't really walk, she stands on the ground, doesnt really move, and eats grass. I think it is more of a mental walk then a physical walk if you know what I mean. I am really interested in trying to find a peppermint salt block, alexis loves peppermints. Yesterday I finally got her to lick her new (and expensive) Himalayan salt block. I had to shove it in her mouth so she got the idea. She is so funny, when I first gave it to her she was like, "And why would I eat that rock?" she's goofy.
     
    02-17-2009, 08:52 PM
  #9
Green Broke
I found peppermint and candy apple flavored salt blocks at a local tack shop (the peppermint one is almost gone, so she has both in her stall now - yes, she is very spoiled lol!!) If you want to order online, here's a place that carries them, in 3 different flavors:

Browsing Store - Sturdy Steed Salt Block 4 lb

Or just search online for "Sturdy Steed Mineral Block" and you'll find lots of places that carry them Sandie LOVES hers!!
     

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