Is Your Horse Bored?


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Is your horse showing signs of being bored? Maybe he’s chewing on his stall or walking up and down the fence lines of his pasture. Boredom can set in when horses are on stall rest, are retired, or otherwise don’t have enough activities to fill their days with. A truly bored horse can become a destructive horse if you don’t take action to alleviate his boredom.

Signs of Boredom

It’s typically pretty easy to tell when a horse is bored. A bored horse may turn his attention to anything he can find to entertain himself with. He might play with his water or feed buckets, or kick his stall door. He may try to get his pasture mates to play with him, and might try to pull at their halters or rugs.

Boredom can manifest in destructive behavior, though. A bored horse may begin cribbing or chewing on fences or his stall. Bored horses may weave back and forth or walk pasture fence lines for hours, which can wear hard on their bodies. Bored horses may also find trouble anywhere, pulling items like halters and rugs into their stalls or antagonizing nearby horses.

Solutions to Boredom

Before you go about providing your horse with extra toys and activities, make sure that he’s receiving enough physical activity. If your horse is not on stall rest, try to maximize the number of hours that he is turned out each day. Make sure that he has equine friends both near his stall and when he is turned out; the company of other horses will keep him occupied for many hours each day.

Take a look at your riding schedule and make sure that you are riding your horse regularly and are keeping him both mentally and physically fit. If you don’t have enough time to ride your horse as regularly as he needs, then consider finding a rider to partially lease him to give him additional exercise.

How to Keep Your Horse Occupied

Once you are satisfied that your horse is receiving enough exercise and time outside, you can move on to additional techniques to prevent boredom. Stall toys are a great way to keep your horse occupied. There are a wide range of manufactured stall toys available today; check out horse items for sale to find stall toys. You can also make a stall toy by hanging an empty milk jug or juice bottle. Cut small holes in it and put in a few horse treats to keep your horse occupied.

Make sure that your horse’s stall is located in an area with lots of activity. Bored horses can benefit from watching other riders and horses come and go, and may be less bored when stalled in a more “social” part of the barn.

The more time that you can get your horse out of the stall, the better. Take him for walks by hand, and give him lunging sessions to keep him working. You can also do some trick training or ground work to keep your horse’s mind sharp and fresh.

There are many ways that you can prevent equine boredom and keep your horse occupied and entertained. Put some of these ideas to work to prevent boredom in your horse. TOPHORSE–browse horses for sale or place an ad to sell horses

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