• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.

Announcement

Collapse

Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Uncle Jimmy's Sticky Balls: A hot mess?

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • 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.

    Comment


    • #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.

      Comment


      • #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.

        Comment


        • #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.

          Comment


          • #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.

            Comment


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

              Comment


              • #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?
                Originally posted by BigMama1
                Facts don't have versions. If they do, they are opinions
                GNU Terry Prachett

                Comment


                • #9


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

                  Comment


                  • #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

                    Comment


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

                      Comment


                      • #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...

                        Comment


                        • #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!

                          Comment


                          • #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'!

                            Comment


                            • #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..

                              Comment


                              • #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.

                                Comment


                                • #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.

                                  Comment

                                  • Original Poster

                                    #18
                                    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

                                    Comment


                                    • #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.

                                      Comment

                                      Working...
                                      X