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post #1 of 7 Old 09-28-2012, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
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stall toys?

I have never given my horses stall toys. I have seen them around but sort of categorized them as frufru things. I saw myself spending lots of money for this toy to have my horse ignore it. In part because most of my horses are in a run in shed situations within small groups. They can spend their days and night wondering around socializing, eating grass and hay.

Now, my horse Harry is staying in a stall at night. He is spending the night in the stall because if out with his group he will chase the mares around and keep them away from the hay. This has lead to him stall walking at night. Harry's personality is this unique combination of equine ADHD and incredible insecurity. He spends a section of his day chasing the mares around just because he can. The mares range in age from 28 to 4 and all are wimps. He is just a bad leader. I think at night he just gets bored and paces around. I can't leave them him out a night because if left to his own devices he will chase them around all night. The mares will all sit nicely around, eat their hay and share grain. Its easier to stall one then to stall three.

I am just wondering if people have stall toys? If so which ones? What are your opinions on toys?
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post #2 of 7 Old 09-28-2012, 08:17 PM
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Milk jugs on strings. We usually wait to change out or add toys to stalls until we have enough for everyone because they will give you the sad "Where's MINE?" Look if you leave one out. They love them. Stick some rocks in them so they rattle, or cut a hole in the bottom and drop in some peppermints so they have to work to get them out. Have fun it it! Make sure you take the cap and ring off though so he doesn't eat it.
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I used to have my old gelding a ball that dispensed treats. You could choose differnet sized holes to accomadate what you put in it. I always chose the smallest opening and stuffed it with corn. He would roll that thing around for hours until it was empty. I recently tried a jolly ball, and within 2 hours he had killed it flat.
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I saw one that was basically an apple, cores with a rope through it.

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post #5 of 7 Old 09-29-2012, 01:24 PM
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When I used to board mine, I got my gelding this ball thing that hung from the wall. He never touched it and I eventually just gave it away. Since then, I kind of felt like the OP in that they were a waste of money. Several years ago I was visiting a barn and one of the colts had a stall ball. He was a complete ham with it. You could ask him "Where's your ball?" in an excited voice and he would go nuts with it, throwing it around and banging it against the wall. If he was in a paddock you could throw it to him like a dog and he would chase it, pick it up and buck like crazy, and he eventually would bring it back so you could throw it again. He loved his stall ball, and the owner said that if he doesn't have it he paces, paws, and kicks from boredom. That said, it's going to depend on the horse and their individual interest level. I would try the less expensive options that some are suggesting (milk jugs and such). If he likes it, get him something more durable.
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Mudpie has a jolly ball in his stall... He kicks, carries, and throws it around. I'm actually looking to by another kind, maybe one that won't fly out of the stall so easily ;)

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post #7 of 7 Old 09-29-2012, 02:08 PM
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Indie just has a milk jug in her stall, as do most horses at the barn. A few horses have jolly balls hanging up but I've never seen them really play with them or anything. I'd like to get Indie a likkit for Christmas though. :)

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