5 toys to help horses beat their boredom

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  • If winter weather or injury has resulted in your horse being on box rest or stabled a lot more than you’d hoped, then you both may be feeling pretty fed up, but stable toys for horses are great way to alleviate boredom. While bored horses are at a higher risk of developing stereotypies, such as cribbing, destructive chewing or box walking, most settle eventually if they have stablemates near by or something to keep them occupied.

    The main aim of stable toys is to enrich your horse’s time in the stable, keep him mentally stimulated and extend the time he takes doing normal activities, such as eating. From flavoured licks to horse balls, there’s an ever-growing plethora of ready-made horse toys available. Horses are pretty easily pleased, though, so if funds are tight you could make your own.

    Best stable toys for horses

    Likit Boredom Breaker

    Colours: Red, glitter pink, aqua, purple or lilac | RRP: £30 |

    Ideal for food motivated horses or experienced lickers, this multi-directional double hanging challenge will keep the busiest horse occupied.

    View now at amazon.co.uk, viovet.co.uk, naylors.com or rideawaystore.com

    Likit Snak-a-ball

    Colours: Red, aqua, purple or lilac | RRP: £32.16 |

    This treat ball stimulates natural grazing behaviour and encourages your horse to stretch and use muscles from poll to tail.

    View now at amazon.co.uk, viovet.co.uk or naylors.com

    Horseman’s Pride Jolly Ball

    Colours: Wide range of colours | RRP: £29.99 |

    This ball is made of hard wearing material that resists deflating when bitten, kicked, tossed around or rolled on. Some are also scented for extra temptation.

    View now at amazon.co.uk, viovet.co.uk, sportsdirect.com, naylors.com or equus.co.uk

    Stubbs Rock N Roll ball

    Colours: Red, blue, green, pink or purple | RRP: £29.99 |

    Combining a shape that is difficult to roll in a straight line with generous size, this dribble treat feeder will keep a horse very busy. The dispensing hole is 30mm diameter and suits most treats. Moulded from ultra-tough stubbythene, this toy is supremely durable.

    View now at amazon.co.uk, viovet.co.uk or equus.co.uk

    Bizzy Bites Original

    Colours: Pink or aqua | RRP: £29.99 |

    You can hang this stable toy from the wall, leave it on the floor or attach to the stable door. Inspired by baby and dog teethers, the textured wings provide an interesting surface for chewing which also aids a teething horse.

    View now at amazon.co.uk, viovet.co.uk or equus.co.uk

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