Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Tri-State (IA, WI, IL) area
When my mare had her first foal, and got evicted from her temporary stall/paddock in the cow barn (Dad said the sick heifer was more important.), the only place we could keep her was in our round pen, where she'd get extremely bored. Some of the tricks we used on her are:
--I can't remember what they're called exactly, but I used to buy these spray-on flavoring things (in an aerosol can) for horses that are supposed to be used on a picky horse's grain or whatever. I'd always soak down our Jolly Ball with the stuff, and my mare would go nuts for it. Then when she got bored with one flavor, we'd get a different one. (There were peppermint, apple, and I think carrot flavors)
-- We hid sugar cubes and little dollops of peanut butter in the corner of her grain bucket (that she can't reach easily... she has to use her tongue. It's kinda funny to watch.) and other challenging-to-reach places.
-- You know those Kong toys for dogs that have a hole through the middle for a doggie bone? The really big, sturdy ones for big dogs. We slathered a soft, plastic rope with peanut butter and honey (she loves peanut butter and honey) and looped it through a few of those Kong toys, and she'd spend forever licking the stuff off and trying to get the Kong toys out of the way. Even after she'd gotten most of the stuff off, she'd drag the rope back and forth along the rail I hung it on, until even her baby would drag it around. (we had it hanging up on the fence, too, so it wouldn't get dirty or wrapped around someone's leg. Only problem: she got to chewing on the rope so we had to take it away.)
-- For some reason unknown to me, she absolutely loved tires. So we found a little one that she could pick up, but neither of them would get stuck in it either. She'd sit in her arena and flip it over or drag it around.