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    12-31-2011, 07:58 PM
Green Broke
Horse Toys

I need help getting a horse toy for Rodeo. He flooded the barn the other day playing with the nozzle for his hose for his bucket. I can not have him flooding the barn every other day. He turned it on Monday, but they caught him, and turned it off before anything could happen, but Wednesday night, he turned it on and flooded the entire back of the barn including all of the stalls, the aisle back there, and even the manure pile out side.

The BO has moved the hose to the outside of the stall to where he can't get to it, but obviously he needs some kind of stimulation while he is in there so he wont get himself into trouble. To add to it, we switched his feed this past week to a Junior feed, and he is beyond hyped up on it.

So, my question is, what do you guys suggest for a toy? Im not too sure how he would do with a jolly ball, as he doesnt like to play with bouncy balls, or large aerobic balls.....any and all help would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks
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    01-01-2012, 12:42 AM
I got my a horse a Jolly Stall Snack. He didn't touch it at first, so I took the part that the horse is supposed to eat out of the apple to see if he didn't like the flavor, or if he didn't know what to do. I put the flavor thingy in with his mineral block, and when I went out to feed him the next morning...It. Was. Almost. Completely. Gone. So apparently, he just didn't know what to do! I still have to go to TSC to get a refill...oh well. I'll be interested to see if he finally figures out what to do with it.
    01-01-2012, 12:56 AM
Green Broke
I tried something like that & my horse ate most of it while I was out on a trail ride on my mare-at around $6 a refill that gets pretty pricey!I have used an orange traffic cone, but it does sometimes end up in the water barrel.
    01-01-2012, 07:02 AM
Try a plastic gallon milk/water/juice bottle with a few pieces of gravel in it (to make noise) and the top duct taped. It won't last a long time, but it's one of the few things that will keep our mischievous mare, Lady, occupied. Our mares are never stalled, but she also learned to turn the faucet on and loves to pick up just about anything in her mouth. We once found her having a wonderful time with our straw broom in her mouth swinging it around at the other mares (she reached it by stretching her neck over their shelter divider). She won't play with a jolly ball or other horse toys, but it seems that the handle on the plastic jug is perfect for her to grab in her mouth and throw around. Eventually she winds up flattening them, though, and they no longer interest her, so we have to replace it every couple weeks.
Good luck...some horses are just born to be trouble makers
    01-01-2012, 09:13 AM
^ that made me lol, I could just picture a mare swatting other horses with a broom! XD
    01-01-2012, 09:50 AM
I'll second the milk jugs. I've bought toys made for horses and they just collect dust but free milk jugs they play with. You can hang a few and they can bang them together - Hondo's favorite thing, he has choice to be in or out and a lot of the time he stands 1/2 in, 1/2 out slamming his milk jugs around. Woodstock likes to run around with them and throw them for himself or if I'm available he's always up for a game of fetch, he also drags a tarp, cones, rolls barrels around for fun...he's my 'special' one

The best part about jugs, they are free to replace!
    01-01-2012, 10:40 AM
Green Broke
Thanks guys!! That was my worry with the LikIt's, as others have mentioned, I leased a horse a while back, and he ate it within a few hours, and I don't want to be buying them constantly, but that milk jug is a great idea!! Will do!!

Thanks again!

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