Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: dark side of the moon
Can you pony him off your mare? He would maybe like a nice trail ride every now and again :) Also, I would pick up the book "Let's Ride!" by Linda Tellington Jones, there is some really awesome ground exercises you can do with some poles that are very mentally engaging.
For one like him (I have one, he is a horse but very brainy) I like for him to have "things" in his stall and turnouts. Jolly balls, traffic cones, rubber feed pans just to name a few. He also enjoys empty milk jugs (he can only have him them a couple days before they are destroyed, but luckily I go through about a jug a week). Those corner mount horse pacifiers are nice too, and maybe he'd like those toys they can roll around and the treats fall out? Just find things around the house too, but make sure it's safe for him. Someone gave my guy a sweatshirt once to play with and he ate big chunks of it, although luckily it just came out the other end! I didn't like giving him Uncle Jimmies or Lickits because he'd eat them way too fast, but I do use himilayan salt blocks rather than the traditional blocks because he can't destroy them, he likes them hung up on the wall too, rather than in the feed pan, to give him something to do.
Your jumps are cute, and your pony is cuter. I'm very very jealous :)
Good luck, and bless you for adopting such a sweet little soul.