Originally Posted by trailhorserider
I just set it out there and let them investigate it themselves. Baby is fearless! Mom isn't afraid of it either though, and now when I am cleaning the pen, I can toss it from one side to the other to get it out of the way and the horses don't flinch anymore when it hits and bounces. I have an old cotton lead rope (minus the snap) on mine because I used to have it tied up to the fence. But they use it more I think laying around on the ground. Or at least I throw it to one side and and the next morning find it at the other end of the pen, so they must be playing with it at night. You could try tying a length of old lead rope to the handle. My guys pick it up by the rope and swing it around.
i guess it could also be a good thing for them to get used to stuff coming towards them/past them so they won't be so spooky..
I'll set it out there tomorrow and hope for the best :)
Thanks for the help/advice!!