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For those of you with horses! (and cabin fever)

Are you a stall-bound horse? Want to amuse yourself and your human?
Well, here are some fun activities for you!

Poop in the water game

This will test your coordination and spatial abilities. Horses all over the world practice this, every day. You must try
to poop in your water container (note: drink water first, so you won't go thirsty!). If your water container is too high to poop in,
you can attempt to poop on the stall's door, or on the wall. This also gives your human something to do-- when they see what you've
done, they will marvel at your special abilities, then happily provide you with fresh water.

Artistic Wood Carving

You can become a wood carver. Use your teeth to chisle the wood of your stall into a beautiful piece of art! At first, you can start
with simple shapes -- such as the half-moon bite shape-- and as you become more advanced you can try different forms (big curve shape or multiple bite shapes). Your human will really appreciate this. Some humans will actually remove your artwork from the stall, and put up fresh, new, unchewed boards-- encouraging you to develop your artistic abilities with a fresh, new canvas!

Grain Spilling Game

Try to dump out all of your grain from your grain bucket/container, by turning it over with your nose. It is a fun game. You can even continue to flip the container to be sure that all the grain is dumped on the ground. Then, using your delicate muzzle to guide you, try to pick up all the grain, sorting throught the bedding and poop. Amusing, and it makes your grain last longer. Your human will appreciate it too-- he/she may even bring you a new bucket of grain, or challenge you to become better by using more difficult containers!

Hay Dunking

In this game, you'll try to grab a bite of hay, carry it to your water container, and dump it in. Dropping hay in your water is fun for both you and your human! Although it's just hay, they will probably come in your stall and remove it from your water (then you can dump more in). This gives humans something to do.

Who Can Be The Loudest

If you're stalled with other horses, try a little friendly competition with this game. When it's feeding time, see who can neigh, bang, scream, and kick the loudest in their stalls. Humans will instinctively throw food to the noisiest, most demanding horse, so try to be it. The winner is the horse that the human feeds first.

Smoosh The Bedding

In this game, you can attempt to mix your bedding, poop, and hay all together. You do this by walking all around in your stall, until you get a good, even mixture. Some horses walk in circles, or back and forth in a straight line... experiment with different styles to see what you like best. Again, this provides entertainment and excersice for your human, because they will have to clean it all up.

Roll in the stall

Attempt to get a good roll, in your stall. If your stall is big, this is easy; however, the smaller the stall, the more difficult it can
become. The object is to roll, well, without getting stuck. There is some danger involved in this game, as you could roll up near a wall and get stuck. If you get stuck, make sure you thrash so that your human will notice you, nearly have a heart attack, then come to your rescue. This game is best played when humans are around.

Mane Rubbing

Try to rub your mane out in certain spots. Humans like neat manes. That is why they comb, spray, and pull your mane; Save them work by pulling your mane yourself! You can stick your head through the stall (if it has an opening) and try to rub the top of your neck. Or, just rub it on the side of a wall. This will give your mane a nice look that humans appreciate (clumps of hair missing). You'll save them time on having to pull your mane or trim a bridle path.


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Re: For those of you with horses! (and cabin fever)

LOL i like this one....and i used to LOVE when my horse did all of the above.....NOT


untill they all come home safe....pray for our troops!
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to funny!! Mine is in the pasture with a run in so we have the Tail Rub so he can have a fancy new fake tail for show season....arrrrghhhh!!

Oh...and the Mud Roll. That's always nice to do when the blanket is off so your human can't ride you without giving you a bath...oh's to cold for a that the point?

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Re: For those of you with horses! (and cabin fever)

I miss having horses, but #1, #7 and #8 I do not miss lol.
"Roll in the stall" is so true... plus it tests the human's ability to dodge hooves and get the rope on the hooves/ legs to safely unstick the "Roller".

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Re: For those of you with horses! (and cabin fever)


Love the bit about poop on the stall door... one time I went
in to clean out and one of the horses had a perfectly balanced
single piece of poop on the stall door... the rest of the pile
in the breezeway...


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