Help keeping a sick stabled horse busy.. - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 4 Old 12-01-2010, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Canberra, Australia
Posts: 671
• Horses: 2
Help keeping a sick stabled horse busy..

So my delemer is my poor baby has pneumonia, due to this change in weather after it being warm for a while to being cold and rainy. I thought she'd be right without a rug on over the weekend, and i justerfided this choice in my head because all the other horses in her paddock aren't rugged. Well wrong I was, I feel very guilty but what can you do now i guess. She's usally in a paddock with her mates 24/7 and being locked up in a shed is killing her. It's a large fully inclosed shed, the shed gets used to store feed in one side because that side has like a 'deck' of sorts and the other side is just dirt with a gate at the front. Abbi's in this side and we've just set up our portable yard in there, attached to one side of the walls. It's very big so she's got plenty of room to move around and her legs aren't getting swollen or anything but she's just bored and really wants to be out in her paddock. She's got a salt lick, large fresh water bucket, plenty of hay in a hay net as I thought this would keep her a bit busy getting it out of the hay net and make her take longer to eat it, she's got sawdust up the back to lie down in if she wants, i've hung up a couple of plastic water bottles with carrots, apples, licorish and that kinda thing in them with the lids off (she tried for about a second when i first hung them up to get it out and then decided she couldn't care less) and she's also got one of the rope chew toy thingo for dogs hanging up as well as a soccor ball. Have I missed anything?? Im at a lost of what else to do with her to keep her entertained. I walk her when the rain dies down and let her pick at grass but she just isn't happy. any ideas or help would be great I feel really bad for her and she has to be in there until it stops raining and she's finished her injections. Thanks.

~He knows when you're happy~He knows when you're comfortable~He knows when you're confident~And he always knows when you have carrots.~Author Unknown
brookelovesparelli is offline  
post #2 of 4 Old 12-01-2010, 11:33 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 4,138
• Horses: 3
Get two small mesh hay nets and put his hay in them. It will take him a lot longer to eat it and he will be happier. It's more like grazing.

Take a plastic milk jug, well washed out, and punch some holes in it. Fill it with some feed or hay pellets. Make the holes just slightly bigger than the feed or hay pellets you want to use. Hang it from the ceiling in a corner at nose level. He'll figure out that as he "plays" with it, small amounts of feed fall out. Duct tape the lid on so he doesn't figure out how to take it off .

Ask your vet about hand walking her daily, away from the other horses. That will help with her mental stability.

If she's on grain, cut her ration back in half and feed more hay instead. Grain or feed gives them extra energy, which she doesn't need right now. Extra hay will keep her busier in her stall, especially with the small mesh hay nets.
luvs2ride1979 is offline  
post #3 of 4 Old 12-02-2010, 08:56 AM
Green Broke
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 4,144
• Horses: 1
Just a question. Your horse has pneumonia and she has to be stalled? Does she have a blanket on? Is she let out only if its not raining or just stalled and hand walked? I had a filly who had pneumonia and my vet told me to get her out of the stall keep a blanket on her and let her be outside. The fresh air was better for her than being cooped up in a dusty barn. She was still getting her injections but he wanted her outside. Needless to say she got better quicker. But that was my vets recommendations.
Posted via Mobile Device
mbender is offline  
post #4 of 4 Old 12-02-2010, 03:55 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Canberra, Australia
Posts: 671
• Horses: 2
Yes she's got a light rug on in the shed as its warm and doesn't need anything heaver it's being thunderstorming here all week with only about 10min max breaks between rain. So she's getting hand walked in thoses brakes but my vet told me not to let her be out in the rain.

~He knows when you're happy~He knows when you're comfortable~He knows when you're confident~And he always knows when you have carrots.~Author Unknown
brookelovesparelli is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Keeping Her Busy In New Places.. Huntseat Horse Training 4 06-17-2010 10:20 AM
How do you keep your horse busy? QHDragon Dressage 7 03-14-2010 04:56 PM
keeping busy.. ilovemyhorsies Jokes and Funnies 7 07-06-2009 05:23 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome