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Uncle Jimmy's Sticky Balls: A hot mess?

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  • Uncle Jimmy's Sticky Balls: A hot mess?

    I'm 3,000 miles from Old Man Slacker. Who just celebrated his 19th birthday and, like any son, did *Not* call his mother on that special day.

    Nor did he call the day after when one would have thought that the hangover had receded enough for a phone conversation. One also would have expected that, at 19, the horse would have figured out a cell phone plan and how to dial.

    In any case, I want to send him something that says "Mamma loves you"--- or at least something that would remind him who I am.

    A pair of blank checks sent for spring vet stuff and teeth stuff didn't do it. Blank checks! To such an irresponsible horse!

    So I re-opened the possibility of sending him an Uncle Jimmy's Sticky Ball. A veritable pinata of horse fun.

    I was further inspired by a picture of a mare and foal checking out theirs in a Smartpak catalogue.

    Now there is a problem: The ball is clearly virgin. I can't see any chunks missing or even any spit on it.

    And no one was sticky yet.

    So my question: Do these disintegrate into a sticky mess? Will the horse be covered in molasses up to his matted forelock? Will my BO hate me if I send one of these?

    Oh, and you can get "low sugar" varieties.... should you think that your 19 year old son is doing anything healthy while out from under his mother's thumb.

    Thank you for your help. It "takes a village."
    The armchair saddler
    Politically Pro-Cat

  • #2
    Will the horse be covered in molasses up to his matted forelock
    Eventually, yes.
    Click here before you buy.


    • #3
      I got my mare one for Christmas last year. I was very disappointed when she wasn't the least bit interested in it.

      A month or two later she kept coming in with sticky spots on her rump. I was thinking she was rubbing a tree some where in her field. Nope, she would walk under the ball and it would hit her rump. I moved it out of the way and all was fine, no sticky forelocks.

      She finally became obsessed with the thing about two months after I hung it in her stall. Go figure.


      • #4
        Originally posted by mvp View Post
        So my question: Do these disintegrate into a sticky mess? Will the horse be covered in molasses up to his matted forelock? Will my BO hate me if I send one of these?
        My mare absolutely hated it being suspended like a punching bag from a cross rail above her stall. Since any attempt to bite at it made it move and thus almost impossible to bite it (lick sure but that's not her deal) she just ignored it. Unquestionably she could smell it but was miffed that it was a futile effort to enjoy it.

        So I eventually broke down and moved it so she could put it against her stall bars. It didn't last but maybe 4 days once she could brace it against something firm and attack. I haven't found them to be overly messy, e.g. anything blowing in the wind suddenly gets stuck to it.


        • #5
          When I first bought my gelding I bought him one. The next morning his forelock was glued to his ear, his mane was so sticky and tangled I thought I was going to have to roach it, and his face had little bits of oats stuck all over. Needless to say, he had a great night. Luckily, a fellow boarder shared the secret of WD-40 with me, and he was cleaned up in no time.

          I bought him another one for Christmas...never touched it.

          Don't waste your money on the sugar free ones, in our barn of 20+, I've seen no horses that will touch them.


          • #6
            Originally posted by mvp View Post
            So my question: Do these disintegrate into a sticky mess?
            Sticky mess, yes. Disintegrate, no. They're hard as a rock all the way through. They'll get gooey on the outside in hot weather, but they stay hard.

            Originally posted by mvp View Post
            Will the horse be covered in molasses up to his matted forelock?
            haha, probably. Especially if they follow instructions and hang it so he can't pin it against the wall and bite chunks out of it (lasts longer that way). I put one in my horse's stall while he was on stall rest, and I had to clean his face off every day. Molasses up to his eyeballs. But man, did he love that thing.
            RIP Victor... I'll miss you, you big galumph.


            • #7
              Just had a giggle at your vaguely pornographic thread title..


              • #8
                Originally posted by skydy View Post
                Just had a giggle at your vaguely pornographic thread title..

                Oh, you are new here!

                The balls get it every time...

                There is also a pecker wrecker....

                what am I missing?

                but actually those are supposed to be the hanging balls and the sticky buns?


                • #9

                  Yes, I haven't seen the "pecker wrecker" that is for sure..


                  • #10
                    My mares ignored Uncle Jimmy's balls in their stalls for months. Tried hanging it as recommended, but they weren't interested. Tried a few other presentations without success. Those balls just hung there, dusty and unloved. After a while, one of them fell off the string, and even when I dropped it into the feed pan, my mare just threw it out and pooped on it. Eventually I just wanted the remaining ball gone, so I hung it against the wall in the run-in, and they did slowly nibble away at it. On the plus side though, my picky dainty prissy mares never did get the sticky molasses head.

                    And interestingly, the buns were a big hit with my girls despite their apathy towards the balls.
                    "In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming part dog."
                    -Edward Hoagland


                    • #11
                      Your mares prefer the "buns" to the "balls" do they ...? Hmmm..


                      • #12
                        I skimmed through the thread and somehow caught only the "bad" parts...

                        Actually i have a pretty funny story about that...

                        My instructors horse (one of them, that is) liked to pull the ball part off of the string amd hide it in the corner of his stall (behind the water bucket, so we never saw all of them). She thought that the horze was eating them, so every so often shed get a new one for said horse. Well, eight balls later (oh god that sounds weird...) she moves the water bucket and, lo and behold, there is a little mountain of balls.

                        She calls the Uncle Jimmy company to complain, and after she explains that the balls come off of the string really easily the man at Uncle Jimmy says something like "well now, uncle jimmy doesnt want that! Uncle Jimmy will send you eiht FREE Hangin' Balls in the mail! Uncle Jimmy will NEVER dsapoint!"

                        No one else understands why we all burst out lauhing whenever someone says "Jimmy" or anything related...


                        • #13
                          I put one in my horse's stall while she was on stall rest. She hated it until I put it in her hay rack since it fell off the string. It melted to the metal door of her hay rack. She still ate it though. Everyday her nose would be covered in molasses!


                          • #14
                            Sticky mess? It depends on where you live :P

                            Some horses like em, some dont. I like to make my own horse treats ^-^ and I must say, I saw a commercial for these one time on some horse channel and laughed so hard! boy oh boy!
                            Clancy 17hh chestnut Dutch WB, '99. Owned and loved since '04 and still goin'!


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Tehzebra View Post
                              Sticky mess? It depends on where you live :P

                              Some horses like em, some dont. I like to make my own horse treats ^-^ and I must say, I saw a commercial for these one time on some horse channel and laughed so hard! boy oh boy!
                              Oh, I would love to see the commercial..


                              • #16
                                Neither one of my horses are fans of these, so for special occasions I buy them the Bizzy Balls. They're a bit smaller, cheaper, and just made of molasses and hay.


                                • #17
                                  When I hang one, my two geldings will finish it in a day. They figured out how to bite at it at the same time so they cut out the swinging factor.
                                  When done they are covered with seeds and stickiness.


                                  • Original Poster

                                    Originally posted by skydy View Post
                                    Just had a giggle at your vaguely pornographic thread title..
                                    Sorry to those in the know!

                                    These are called Uncle Jimmy's Hangin' Balls, not Sticky Balls.

                                    My mistake.

                                    I do appreciate your candor about the molasses mess that will ensue. I also think the sugarless variety lacks a certain je ne sais quoi. Once you buy a horse a pornographically-named $27 treat for no good reason, why give that politically-correct nod to health?
                                    The armchair saddler
                                    Politically Pro-Cat


                                    • #19
                                      If your horse is somewhere with yellow jackets, beware, as they will flock to the treat in the summer. We had a horse get stung all over his nose because his Pony Pop (another hanging molasses/grain treat) was covered in the wasps.

                                      If I can find the Uncle Jimmy's on sale, I will buy them for my horses when cooped up in the winter or due to injury, but mostly I get Pony Pops as I can buy them cheaper in bulk. The horses do get sticky messes on their faces, but they love the treats, it keeps them busy, so I do it. Hot water and a towel removes the mess.