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I just purchased a jollyball today and I was wondering if I could keep it out in the snow.. or if that would be a bad idea and it would crack/shatter. Do you think it could withstand North Dakota weather???
 

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The jolly ball my horses have stayed outside last winter during 3 blizzards... buried in up to 4' of snow at times. The only thing that has ever damaged it is my Jack Russell Terrier ;)
 

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The jolly ball my horses have stayed outside last winter during 3 blizzards... buried in up to 4' of snow at times. The only thing that has ever damaged it is my Jack Russell Terrier ;)
Haha, so I'm guessing I could leave it out there :)
But do they actually play with it?? I'm going to test it out tomorrow.. but I've seen youtube videos where the horses go crazy with them, lol.
Thanks for the help :D
 

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My 5 month old foal loves his. :D His mom has picked it up once or twice, but the baby is the only one that really plays with it. It hasn't been through a snowy winter yet.
Do you just leave it out there, and eventually they will pick it up and play with it, or did you hold it up to him because I tried with my horses and the one kinda got freaked out about it and backed away while the other one kinda nibbled on the handle but she wouldn't take it. What did yours do with it?
 

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Do you just leave it out there, and eventually they will pick it up and play with it, or did you hold it up to him because I tried with my horses and the one kinda got freaked out about it and backed away while the other one kinda nibbled on the handle but she wouldn't take it. What did yours do with it?
I just set it out there and let them investigate it themselves. Baby is fearless! Mom isn't afraid of it either though, and now when I am cleaning the pen, I can toss it from one side to the other to get it out of the way and the horses don't flinch anymore when it hits and bounces. I have an old cotton lead rope (minus the snap) on mine because I used to have it tied up to the fence. But they use it more I think laying around on the ground. Or at least I throw it to one side and and the next morning find it at the other end of the pen, so they must be playing with it at night. You could try tying a length of old lead rope to the handle. My guys pick it up by the rope and swing it around.
 

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I just set it out there and let them investigate it themselves. Baby is fearless! Mom isn't afraid of it either though, and now when I am cleaning the pen, I can toss it from one side to the other to get it out of the way and the horses don't flinch anymore when it hits and bounces. I have an old cotton lead rope (minus the snap) on mine because I used to have it tied up to the fence. But they use it more I think laying around on the ground. Or at least I throw it to one side and and the next morning find it at the other end of the pen, so they must be playing with it at night. You could try tying a length of old lead rope to the handle. My guys pick it up by the rope and swing it around.
i guess it could also be a good thing for them to get used to stuff coming towards them/past them so they won't be so spooky..
I'll set it out there tomorrow and hope for the best :)
Thanks for the help/advice!!
 

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I threw mine up in the air and ect now my horse is just scared of it haha, i put there hay around it now so there around it. I just need them to stop eating my fences so i want them to be occupied
ooo.. that would suck.. eating your fences.. those darn cribbers!!!
Yah one of mine would really freak if I threw it into the air..
 

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My foal used to chew everyone's tails. A baby thing I guess. But what really helped was keeping hay in front of them 24/7. That's something I never used to do, since hay is really expensive around here and I don't have pasture either. But I just make sure they always have a non-fattening grass hay in front of them and he quit chewing tails.

Buying some grass hay might be cheaper than fixing the fences. Worth a try anyway.
 

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I bought jolly balls for the horses, they totally ignored them. So I gave them to the Berners and they love them. They have been outside through two winters, not a problem. Just don't run into them with the snowblower, they get pulled into the blades, then fly out when they can't be caught and land about 10 feet away....
 

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I hung mine in my mares stall because she takes the halters off the wall! But she plays with it, this morning when I went out she was swniging it around. Never had experience with them outside, though, but I would think they are durable!

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