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    07-11-2009, 10:35 PM
He's so bored

Arizona is 5, and gets really bored in his corral/stall during the day. The corral is approximately 12x12. He will paw at the gate, kick at the wood, and turn over his hay bucket. Not angry, just bored.

Items he has inside the corral:
Jolly Ball (completely ignored)
Hanging Likit (he has NO IDEA what to do with this thing)
Hay bucket (pretty big)

What other things could I put in his corral for him to occupy his time with during the day while we're at work? I was thinking of tying various knots on the rails around the corral for him to work loose since that is one of his favorite past times while tied.
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    07-12-2009, 10:13 AM
    07-12-2009, 11:02 AM
Well if I were the horse, I wouldnt want to be stuck in a 12x12 stall all day, that's like the size of my room. I wouldnt be able to run around and graze or do anything really. Do you have a paddock to put him in during the day? Where he can run around and stuff and graze a little bit. I understand your at work and stuff, but do you not trust him in a paddock if you were to put him in there ( and if you have one ) ? I think he is bored because he is in a confined space for a long amount of time and doesnt see much change in environment and can't ''move around'' ( but I wouldnt know if you turned him out or whatever ) just a suggestion. Lol, haha but do you turn him out ?
    07-12-2009, 11:20 AM
I know he's bored because he's stuck in there all day. He gets turned out around 3-4pm when we get home from work. Our fences aren't finished yet, and he has walked through them before, so I won't be turning him out during the day.

He was in a paddock last year, and he grazed the grass to dirt and was then bored. He's just a very curious, inquisitive horse, and I'm hoping someone has some suggestions for stuff he can do all day

I should note, Dixie is in the adjacent corral, so he has a friend right there. Problem is, she stays in her stall napping all day
    07-12-2009, 11:41 AM
I just realized I put 12x12. The corral is actually 24x28ish. Yay math!
    07-12-2009, 03:25 PM
Well perhaps you could try tethering him ? I know I had to tether my horse for about a month when she grazed all her grass down, and she was happy, and I had her on quite a long rope, ( 60 feet ) but I had to make sure there were no trees or anything for her to get tangled in and that there was lots of room for her to go and lots of grass, and that she had shade too b/c that is very important for a horse to have in the hot sun. I would tether her in the morning before I went to school ( 7:30 am ) and I would keep her tethered right up till 9:30 pm. But usually someone would be around to watch her and fill her water bucket up, but with your case ( I think ) there is no one to keep watch on him, hmmmm, I don't know what else you could do.
    07-12-2009, 08:50 PM
Have you tried putting him in a fenced in jumping field?
You could also try to put a new pasture buddy in there for him =]]
    07-12-2009, 10:00 PM
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.
    07-13-2009, 08:50 AM
I'll try the kong and tire thing! Those sound pretty good.

The reason he's in the corral is because the fences to the pasture are not 100% trustworthy at this point. We are building new fences, and the ones we have are no longer electric. If he were in the field, he wouldn't be bored anyway. He'd be way too fat

There's no shade in any of the pastures, so tethering would be cruel for him
    07-13-2009, 10:43 AM
Have you tried milk jugs? My horse loves em because of how loud and noisy they are haha.

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