Toys for horses are a subject never crossing my mind until a few years back. I’m always watching T.V. shows about horses and clinicians; trying to keep up on what is going on in the wonderful world of horses.
I don’t recall which show it was, but the half hour was dedicated to horse play so to speak. I learned about the huge balls a horse could nose around his pen or pasture. The show presented a horse running around pushing this huge ball with his nose and body, kicking at it and yes, generally playing with it.
Needless to say I thoroughly enjoyed watching this horse having so much fun. It was like watching a kid play or even us adults. I like to play games at times too so why wouldn’t a horse like to play. Maybe playing with a ball he won’t be inclined to chew on the fence posts. Chewing on wood causes other horse problems not to mention having to replace the fence parts from time to time.
Watching a horse at play is fascinating. Other creatures play also. One evening when I was a teenager I was to witness such a scene. A friend of mine and I were hiking over some hills and came to a meadow. As we sat gazing at the beauty of the pine trees and sagebrush we spotted a deer. Pretty soon more deer joined the one. Watching them graze and being there was a thrill enough, but all of a sudden one started running towards another and that one ran to meet him and before they hit they veered off and spun back. Pretty soon the rest decided they wanted to join the game. The whole herd of about ten or twelve deer was playing tag. I felt it such a privedledge to be part of seeing nature at play.
There are other toys a horse can play with too. I’ve seen objects that are hung from the rafters in a stall. There are other plastic objects that can be installed in the corner of a fence. There are some that are apple shaped and have an apple scent. Others are round plastic. The horse can nudge and chew and lick on it to keep from being bored while in the barn or bored out in the field where he can be tempted to chew the wood. Some roll on rollers, some make noise. They entertain and keep the horse occupied.
If you are so inclined, you can also make your own horse play things. I’ve included a video with one idea.
I have not tried the idea of toys for my horse, but I would like to. I think she would have fun kicking a ball around her pen, especially now during the winter. I’m not up to riding much in the cold months so a toy would help. I’ll have to check my finances and see if I can afford one for her. They aren’t all that expensive, but I have to watch my money. A small one would be good to start out with.
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