Tack Box

Pur­chase: Horse toys

EQUUS - - Eq Hands On -

• #ONSIDERATI­ONS Stall toys are de­signed to pro­vide men­tal stim­u­la­tion, but horses may have their own ideas about what’s fun. Some are con­tent to sim­ply bat a hang­ing ball back and forth, oth­ers might need the mo­ti­va­tion of a treat to in­ter­act with a toy. Dura­bil­ity is im­por­tant: Even the most en­gag­ing toy will be use­less if it breaks within a few days of use. Be sure to reg­u­larly in­spect toys for safety. • /PTIONS Rub­ber molded balls, which hang from the ceil­ing or are left loose to be nudged around, were some of the first stall toys for horses and con­tinue to be a fa­vorite. Larger, in­flat­able balls more suit­able for use in pad­docks have also be­come pop­u­lar. An­other op­tion is lick­able toys that in­cor­po­rate a hard, re­place­able “sucker” that en­tices horses to in­ter­act for long pe­ri­ods of time. Fi­nally, many horses en­joy treat-dis­pens­ing toys that drib­ble out grain or other ed­i­bles.

• 0RICING from about $15 for a sim­ple stall ball to nearly $40 for a lick­able mo­bile or treat-dis­pens­ing toy

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.