Box rest stable toys

peanut

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My boy's just been put on box rest for two weeks with suspected lami
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He's nearly climbing the walls with boredom after only a day. Can anyone please suggest stable toys that don't involve food?
 

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how about a ball? football or gym ball if boy isnt scared...

one of mine sometimes has his dinner in a snack a ball but tackles it around even wehen its empty (he knows its empty mind)
 

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Paper feedsack filled with hay and carrots etc (or whatever he is allowed to eat)
Cardboard box to murder/throw around (check for those sneaky staples )

These only work if you have a mouthy horse that isn't spooky though.

Hide bits of carrot etc in his bed. (Not much good if he on matting!)
 

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really fill a haynet up so its almost bursting and then poke carrots/apples etc into it - my old mare spent hours picking through the hay to get them (she was on box rest 8 months!) also if you can drill a hole through a turnip or the like and then tie it up in the stable above his head, that might keep him busy a while.
 

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Hi,

My boy was on box rest for eight months with a broken leg. I would strongly recommend a turnip or swede tied up on a rop. It used to keep him occupied for hours as he tried to bite it!

I would also recommend a mirror (i got mine from stablemirrors.co.uk or something like that). He seemed to enjoy standing next to himself, and it calmed him down as soon as I put it up. (My vet warned against it as she thought it might make him worse, but we decided to give it a go and take it down if it did not help.)

Hope that helps!
 

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i kept a mare in for a week this winter, no toys just all the hay she could stuff in, she didnt actually seem bored at all and had to be prised back out for her 24/7 turnout
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