View Full Version : Good toys for playful gelding

Jan. 22, 2010, 06:42 PM
I've got to get my young gelding a toy so he'll stop using his brother's face as one.:(

I'm looking for paddock toys -not toys for a stall. I know about the jolly ball but have never tried it.

This horse loves to pick things up...pitch forks, blankets, water heaters. I'm sure if I got a jolly ball he'd play with it for a while, but then maybe the dogs would take it away.

What have you tried with success?

Jan. 22, 2010, 09:16 PM
I've seen horses get a real kick out of picking up and tossing around traffic cones.

Blue Bandit
Jan. 22, 2010, 09:58 PM
they are a Haflinger's favorite toy:

Jan. 22, 2010, 09:59 PM
My coming 3 year old colt still plays with the jolly ball. He picks it up and thumps the nearest pasture mate with it until they begin to chase him. It's been out in the pasture forever and is still in great shape.

Ditto the cones, horses love to move those around!! :)

Jan. 22, 2010, 10:05 PM
I vote traffic cones, too!

Jan. 22, 2010, 10:10 PM
I have a playful mare... odd for a mare... but she likes small traffic cones too! Wont touch a jollyball though.

Jan. 22, 2010, 10:56 PM
We had a gelding that would destroy jollyballs. I finally took a few milk cartons and tied them together in a circle (I don't have rodawn's mad ball-making skills! :) ). I left the tops off and put a handful of feed in each carton. Holy crap, did he have a great time with that!

He would destroy a set every two weeks or so. I'd just make him a new one. Cheaper than the jolly balls he kept destroying.

If you do the traffic cones, we're going to need video!

Fairview Horse Center
Jan. 22, 2010, 11:01 PM

Jan. 22, 2010, 11:17 PM
Three foot piece of garden hose. They can beat themselves and others.:lol: I gave my stallion the ripped rubber feed pans, I often had retrieve them off the roof.:mad:

Jan. 22, 2010, 11:57 PM
Most have already been said that I thought of, but I was going to suggest a huge big ball like Fairview posted, jolly balls (tie a couple together closely and they'll be pretty heavy and bulky for the dogs), rubber feed pans of all sizes, soccer balls, traffic cones, etc.

This looks like it could be fun: http://www.horseplayproducts.com/products/field-hp-round.htm

apples in a trough to bob for apples?

A LARGE detergent container? Like the heavy duty kind with the nozzles on the side (not one you pick up to use)

Jan. 23, 2010, 04:33 PM

Jan. 23, 2010, 07:05 PM
Get a jolly ball, and wrap several long pieces of bailing twine through the handle, and make a good thick braid about 1.5 to 2 feet long or so and knot at the end. I have seen several horses who looove this and learn to pick it up by the braid and swing it around. Its pretty funny to watch actually.

Jan. 23, 2010, 07:09 PM
Oh sorry...thats really more of a stall toy. Didnt see at first that you were looking at pasture toys. One horse I know that fell in love with it in his stall did take it to his paddock sometimes though! :)

Jan. 23, 2010, 08:20 PM

^This. I started a thread about it a few weeks ago. My horse is GAGA for this toy and he is NOT a toy kind of horse (totally ignores jolly balls, traffic cones, left a half-eating Uncle Jimmy's Hangin' Ball on the wall because it was too easy/boring, etc.) I don't know why it's not more popular or well known, but IMO it's the best horse toy on the market. PS, they are a little cheaper on Ebay.

Jan. 23, 2010, 08:20 PM
Oh I like that idea Neely. He'd play with it in the paddock.

I tried an old balance ball today and he was quite interested, but the dog got it and poked a hole in it.

Jan. 23, 2010, 08:34 PM
Oh I like that idea Neely. He'd play with it in the paddock.

I tried an old balance ball today and he was quite interested, but the dog got it and poked a hole in it.

I have a $20 yoga ball from Wallymart that has been out for over a month now. It is cold here so I freeze molasses to it for an added treat.

Jan. 23, 2010, 08:51 PM
A bike tire! (not inner tube, but the actual tire.) I have an old mountain bike one that I tossed out there and my Mustang loves to pick i up and fling it around. It's sturdy and free.