Entertaining Houdini

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  • DocsWinsomCash Original Poster DocsWinsomCash
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    My mare has learned the fun new trick of opening doors. During the fall she opened the gate when she was left alone once. Due to the New England winter I have moved her to in the barn and now her attention is turned to the stall doors. Her stall and the stall next to hers share a small turn out where she can go in and out as she pleases. Currently the BO’s are storing a round bale in the stall next to her and she figured out how to open the door to let herself in for a snack. We have fixed the door so she can no longer let herself in. I would like to get/make her something to keep her entertained and busy. Has anyone had any success with any particular toys?

    Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and once it has done so, they will have to accept that their life will be radically changed.

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    There are a lot of toys for indoor horses. One in our barn has some sort of thing that dangles, and has a salt thing on it. He likes to spin it around even when it is empty. Another option for the doors is the kind of latch through which you put a snap – no matter how clever with those lips, I haven’t met a horse that can undo a snap (although it wouldn’t suprise me that they are out there). If she can go in and out as she pleases, she might like a ball in her field.

    It is never the horse's fault

    DocsWinsomCash Original Poster DocsWinsomCash
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    I’m hesitant to put a ball out for her just because her field is on a slight hill and its muddy lately because of the mild weather weve been having (not that I’m complaining by any means lol) but she did have a salt block on a rope that didn’t last long at all. Shes very food motivated.

    Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and once it has done so, they will have to accept that their life will be radically changed.

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    Slow feed hay net? Do they make something for horses that is similar to the Kongs for dogs? She would probably enjoy that! I haven’t tried toys for my boy, partly because he thinks them undigified and partly because I keep imagining all the ways he could get himself into trouble.

    It is never the horse's fault

    DocsWinsomCash Original Poster DocsWinsomCash
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    I have considered a slow feed hay net, she wolfs her food down anyway so it wouldn’t hurt to have her slow down a bit. I also just found this website with pretty cool ideas, I love the fruit/veggie idea for a treat everynow and then!

    Home Made Horse Toys! And a few other things…

    Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and once it has done so, they will have to accept that their life will be radically changed.

    MHBTAvatar
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    Ugh – – almost as hard as finding the right bit. Try, try again. What one horse loves another doesn’t care a thing about!

    I haven’t gotten one of these yet but I keep thinking about it. The reviews on this site and another I’ve seen are great & barely one that says their horse wasn’t interested in it:

    http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=15498+15511+16270&pcatid=16270

    It’s not exactly the cheapest toy option, but not bad and definitely one of the cheapest slow feeders I’ve seen on the market. (I can’t believe what they charge for some of that stuff!!!)

    Also, if she likes balls, the jolly balls won’t roll far – – they don’t always stay inflated long either though; at least if they’re a hit with your horse!

    Honestly, my horse just likes flapping his rubber feed pan up and down . . . . and he used to love tossing his blankets and halter on the ground until the barn owner asked me to move them across the aisle because she was sick of picking them up 🙂 Poor Avatar . . . he doesn’t get to have any fun.

    PS – – Av sometimes goes through salt fast too (then doesn’t touch it for awhile). If he’s going through it I figure he’s craving it and has some dietary need it’s fulfilling, so I just keep replacing it. You may be able to address a dietary issue as well as a boredom issue with that one . . .

    Lizzie Lou
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    What about a Porta-Grazer? If you haven’t heard of one, look at the website, porta-grazer.com.

    horsemagnet0112
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    Does your horse get daily turn out to free grazing? Because if she doesn’t , that might be why she always wants to gobble down food. Much of horses lives are just grazing, they graze constantly and need to have access to do so. Also , try and give your horse a huge mineral block. I believe they are different than salt blocks. Maybe your horse isneeding some extra minerals in his diet.

    Also I think a jolleyball would be the best form of entertainment. Even if your horse was outside or in his stall.

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