Your horse prefers to toss its own leadrope rather than the fancy, expensive toy you bought for them at the tack store. What are some great boredom busters for your horse that will not bust your budget? Here's a few ideas!
Got a jug of milk, juice, or even laundry detergent? Then you have a horse toy! Take a large, empty plastic jug. Remove the cap and rinse it well. You can then simply toss it on the ground, hang it in the stall or on a fence or feeder, and let the fun begin!
Your horse not impressed? Add some rocks to the jug so it rattles when moved, which some horses love. Better yet - add some treats into the jug and let your horse figure out how to get them out. Add a few holes if your horse needs extra help!
Cones can be great fun for your horse to grab, throw, kick and stomp. Make sure to use the soft flexible type and not hard plastic so it will withstand horseplay.
Contact your local road department to see if they have any damaged cones they are willing to get rid of - just be sure to clean it thoroughly before giving to your horse. Alternatively, most home improvement stores sell cones inexpensively.
Teddy bears are not just for children! Many horses love to bite, toss and stomp these toys. While great fun, these may be the least durable - monitor your horse and if the plush toy becomes. too shredded or damaged, remove and/or replace the toy.
If you do not have a plush toy at home you are willing to provide to your horse, check your local second hand or thrift stores for a budget friendly option.
Got any worn out or holey rubber feed pans in the barn? They are no longer useful for holding feed or water - but they make a great toy! The flexible rubber means they will withstand biting, tossing, stomping, etc. You would be surprised what antics a playful horse can display with an old rubber feed pan!
I hope these ideas help get you started on some inexpensive options for toys your horse can play with. Get creative, and let us know any other toy ideas you come up with!
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