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  • Things to reduce equine stable boredom

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    01-12-2012, 02:34 AM
  #11
Green Broke
Can't help with the injury, I'm afraid,

BUT my dad's grumpy mare had three months box rest after an op on her hind leg. We invested in an equine massage every two weeks, it honestly helped to relax her, and her muscles. She isn't a big carrot fan either- apples are anoter thing. We bought likits- no interest. So we chopped up carrot and poked them through haynets, or on the ground so she had to find them. At first we used haynets, however, so she wasn't moving around in the box so much and harm herself.

Also, try small holes in a net. It works for some, didn't for Josie- she just left the hay till we got a bigger holed hay net!

Good luck!x
     
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    01-12-2012, 04:47 AM
  #12
Trained
Thanks for the ideas :) I'm going to head over and buy a likit for him on the weekend, hopefully he'll be interested in it.
I brought Billy up to spend some time with him tonight while they both got fed, certainly perked Hugo up a lot having the company and Billy is such a character that I'm sure Hugo would've been having a little chuckle at his antics.

     
    01-12-2012, 04:59 AM
  #13
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I've heard that sometimes people keep goats as company for stabled horses - maybe a goaty friend could entertain your injured pal. :)
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    01-12-2012, 05:01 AM
  #14
Trained
I'll have to speak to my stable owner, but maybe they would let me keep a goat there for a while. Good idea :)
     
    01-12-2012, 05:24 AM
  #15
Green Broke
How about putting a mirror in his stall? I've heard these have had great results in entertainment and boredom. Though - would it work that long? As you said, he's not the toy type.

But, what about toy's with threats in them. I've seen balls which rolls - causing the treats to come out? Kind of like a kong (the dog toy) for a horse. Or there are the one's which you can tie to the ceiling somehow and they spin, so the horse has to spin it to make the treats fall out?

There are always things like haynets at meal times - makes the meal process a bit longer and more amusing?
     
    01-12-2012, 06:04 AM
  #16
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If you try a mirror, be careful. Horses can get aggressive towards them and break them. We did this once and we wired it to the outside of the bars of the stall. The entertainment quickly wore off, though. The small hole net is the best idea. I used to hang a milk jog that had a small hole in the side of the bottom. I would put horse cookies in it. The hole was just big enough that when the horse butted the jug enough, a cookie would eventually fall out of the hole. The horse can smell the cookies which encouraged the butting.
     
    01-12-2012, 07:20 AM
  #17
Green Broke
So sorry to hear about this, & how it's stressing your finances-I can totally relate, as I am doctoring my mare's eye & while the recovery is going wonderfully, my bank account has taken a major hit at a very bad time.Seems like some horses need to be "bubble-wrapped!".
     
    01-12-2012, 07:36 AM
  #18
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I'm going through stall rest with my colt as well and the finances since his injury. No fun at all. Not as long as yours and his injury is a hyper extended shoulder. I'm trying to figure out what he would want to play with. He's never experienced toys before.
Would bopping a jolly ball around if you hang it from the ceiling be an option for your boy?
I hope his recover is comfortable and easy for him. Poor guy, that can't feel good!
     
    01-12-2012, 07:39 AM
  #19
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by drafts4ever    
I'm going through stall rest with my colt as well and the finances since his injury. No fun at all. Not as long as yours and his injury is a hyper extended shoulder. I'm trying to figure out what he would want to play with. He's never experienced toys before.
Would bopping a jolly ball around if you hang it from the ceiling be an option for your boy?
I hope his recover is comfortable and easy for him. Poor guy, that can't feel good!

Cheaper alternative to a jolly ball- basketball in a haynet ;)
     
    01-12-2012, 09:07 AM
  #20
Trained
Some horses just stall rest well. I would just put a small hole haynet infront of him and see if you need anything after that. I would not be pumping treats and all sorts of extra food into him unnecessarily as you will want his weight as light as possible to reduce strain on the injury.
Also, imo, I would have him one bute, 1 gram twice a day. Inflammation post injury postpones healing and can actually make the injury worse. I would say the risk of further injury from the inflammatory response is a higher risk then the horse moving in his stall. Bute does more to reduce inflammation than treat pain, its like taking an Advil...

Good luck!
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