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post #1 of 11 Old 09-14-2013, 08:05 PM Thread Starter
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Does your horse play with toys?

We have a stallion who LOVES spinning lead ropes and blankets and anything he can pick up around his head. The funny thing is his foals are all the same. They love putting ropes and towels and hoses and brushes and anything they think they can pick up in their mouths and will spin them and play with them. The yearling gets so excited when he gets ahold of his saddle blanket. When he gets it it results in much running, bucking, rearing, spinning it, throwing it, and pawing it into the ground. He is super mouthy, not out of any kind of dominance or aggression(he is NOT allowed to put his mouth on us. No worries.), just out of an obsession with having something in his mouth. Lead ropes are a big target for him. Once he has something in his mouth he is as placid as a lamb. Do what you want, he is fine. He is so uncommonly content with a bit in his mouth. Lol!

The two little babies are rotten to their cores. One drug the hose into the middle of the pasture. You can't leave ANYTHING out lest it be stolen. The colt got my lead rope today when I turned my back.

We have never had a horse, let alone four at the same time who were so obsessed with toys. What about you guys? What things do your horses go crazy for?
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post #2 of 11 Old 09-14-2013, 08:09 PM
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Charlie LOVES his soccer ball...and licking anything and everything. Josie (old roping mare) looooves to twirl a lead rope or any rope really.

and I have a steer that loves eating electrical wires....he successfully stripped my tractor, my stock trailer, and the electric fence....I think he gets a high from it haha
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post #3 of 11 Old 09-14-2013, 08:28 PM
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A friend of mine had a gelding that loved to play with his jolly ball. His favorite game was fetch. He'd throw the jolly ball, wait for you to eventually go retrieve it for him, and then he'd throw it again. Lol He would also whack it against the wall and move it all around his stall or pasture.

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post #4 of 11 Old 09-14-2013, 09:51 PM
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Both of mine love toys. I generally make them for them, old jeans, boxes, ropes, etc.,. I bought a nice jolly ball, too....they wouldn't touch it. :( hmph. Never again! Their latest favorite is wheelbarrow tires. They love those. The hose? No, I have to stand guard to fill their tank, b/c they think it is a toy - which is only fun at bath time.

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post #5 of 11 Old 09-15-2013, 12:21 AM
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Mine loves toys of all types, even the non-toy variety. He's even been known to play fetch.
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post #6 of 11 Old 09-15-2013, 04:48 AM
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We have a stallion who LOVES spinning lead ropes and blankets and anything he can pick up around his head. The funny thing is his foals are all the same. .....
It does seem to be genetic...we have 3 generations...

Our broodmare, Mandy, daughter Lady, and now grandson Buckshot are all "mischievous" ones. A bucket of brushes or tools is guaranteed to be dumped, picked through, and they will walk off with their favorite one. Lady loves to untie herself, and then everyone else.
They steal hoof picks out of your back pocket.
All the gates are chained with snapbolts or they will open the gates (after we found Lady on our deck looking in our back window on Christmas eve a couple years ago).
One morning I found that Lady had reached over the divider and stolen our straw broom and was swinging it around at all the others chasing them all away.
We gave Buckshot (the foal) a bright orange, cloth covered, "flying squirrel" dog toy (flies like a frisbee) that he loves to take in his mouth and run around the pasture.
I could go on and on....but they will NOT play with a "horse toy", e.g. a jolly ball

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Mudpie kept throwing his grain tub around (it would end up outside of his stall all of the time) so I bought him a jolly ball and he loved it. He kept throwing it out of his stall, on to the hill outside and presumably roll in to the ravine, so I hung it up. :) Now he walks under it and lets it roll over his back. xD

He's silly. :3

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We had a yearling who loved a whiffle bat. He would follow that bat around and just play with it. If you needed him to stand still, give him the bat. We got him to load into the trailer by placing the whiffle bat inside the trailer and he walked right in. He would stand there and have this yellow plastic bat hanging out of his mouth, with the most relaxed look in his eyes. He was a bit weird, he also would take a nap at noon everyday. We had the farrier out and George was taking his nap. He would not get up for love or money. So the farrier trimmed his hooves and George never had to interrupt his nap.

The only one who plays with toys now is our old former successful race horse. He will play with sticks and food bins. He spins them around and tosses them. We figured it was because he was at the track for 14 yeas that he learned some weird habits. The other horses will all stand and watch him in amazement.
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post #9 of 11 Old 09-15-2013, 12:10 PM
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We had a foal that hung around our dogs more then she did the horses, as a result we had a moredogthenhorse horse. Now if your not looking she'll sneak around and steal the dog toys (squeaky toys are her favourite) - so we have to make an effort to buy dog toys big enough that she won't accidentally swallow them :/
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post #10 of 11 Old 09-15-2013, 08:50 PM
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My guy loves his dressage crop. He puts the end in his mouth and twirls it around like he's conducting or painting. Lol. But he won't touch a jolly ball of any designated horse toys.
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