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Does Your Horse Deserve A Jolly Ball Horse Toy?

Updated on February 3, 2015

Horses Love To Play With The Jolly Ball Horse Toy

Just like us, every horse has it's own personality, and some breeds are much more playful and inquisitive than others. Even a horse with a docile personality is by nature a very active creature.

The Jolly Ball Toy made for horses will keep your horse happy for hours while providing you with the enjoyment of knowing your horse is active and stimulated, and it is a lot of fun to watch our equestrian friends playing with their very own toys made for horses.

This lens is all about Jolly ball and toys for horses, and Helping you choose which one you want for your horse. Nothing says it like video so please enjoy the collection of "You Tube" clips toys for horses.

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Jolly Ball Helps Your Horse Overcome Boredom

It's important to keep a horse motivated and stimulated, especially if they are left to themselves for extended periods of time. Whether they are kept in a stall or paddock area it' is truly important to have a toy available to them.

Given the opportunity most horses will find their own games to play. The unfortunate side to this is you could find your new halter or bridal damaged because your friend thought it would make a great horse toy, or just as common wood chewing habits could begin.

Having a horse toy available can also help minimize the potential for weaving or cribbing; two very serious habits that are hard to overcome once they've started. The "Jolly Ball" can help relieve horse boredom.

Jolly Ball Videos

Horse Boredom Cures

Horse boredom can become a problem that manifests in many ways. It’s very important to keep your friend stimulated especially if he’s a single horse and has no other equine buddies to play with and when he goes out to graze you may want to take the ball out with him. Horses can become accustomed to their things just as we do.

Long days kept in a stable can literally drive your horse bonkers if they have nothing to do but stare at the stall walls all day. You can see this through habitual tendencies such as “Wood Chewing”, “Weaving”, or ‘Biting”. Having a Jolly ball horse toy to play with will give your horse something fun to occupy him while he is waiting for his next opportunity to be let out fed or ridden.

No one can say for sure that having a toy to play with will cure any of these tendencies, however it is widely believed that these behaviors are stress related and play is a common and natural way to relieve stress in many animals horses included.

You can simply leave the toy in your buddies stall or you can the “Jolly Ball” from a secure line off one of the stable walls. This keeps it out of the way and makes an interesting pastime nuzzling the ball back and forth.

The “Jolly Balls” now also come in scented varieties that emit an apple or blueberry scent when the handle is bitten or chewed. The handle is made of a very durable rubber material and is designed for this type of activity.

Horses Sleeping Weaving and Cribbing

Horse Cribbing and Wood Chewing Cures

Horse wood chewing, not to be confused with cribbing is typically done out of boredom. One of the simplest remedies of course is to give your pal something else to chew on or play with such as a “Jolly Ball”. the handle on a “Jolly Ball” is made of an extra durable rubber material designed to go through very rough play.

The wood chewer generally is doing so because of boredom, but can also be reacting to a mineral deficiency. The cribber on the other hand is actually using the wood to hold onto in order to contract their neck muscles so that they can suck in air. This is an addictive behavior which can be much harder to overcome than wood chewing.

In either case you will see your paddock rails or stall doors slowly chewed away. The “Jolly Ball” is a good place to start in determining why your horse is wearing away at your barn and fence. Although not an actual cure for cribbing it can keep your horse occupied so that it may minimize this addictive behavior which passes the time away.

Horse Weaving Cures

Weaving although associated with boredom is thought to be more directly linked to anxiety which can come from a lack of socialization and or grazing or pasture time. Weaving is not in itself overly harmful although the repetitive motion can lead to muscle strain or abnormal hoof wear.

Once again the “Jolly Ball” can assist by allowing the weaver something else to focus on. This is a habitual habit and just like all habits the longer it is allowed to continue the harder it will be to break at a later date.

A few things that can help eliminate weaving:

1) Buy a horse toy such as a “Jolly Ball”.

2) Allow your horse more socialization or at least visual stimulation such as seeing other horses.

3) Sometimes a mirror can help.

4) Allow more pasture or grazing time.

Horse Biting cures

Horse Biting can be a simple desire to play or a move to show dominance. In either case you simply cannot allow the behavior to continue. It’s not only unacceptable behavior it’s extremely dangerous for anyone that comes in contact with the horse.

Where you have identified that a horse is an aggressive biter or a playful nibbler you must be prepared to react quickly and consistently. Don’t smack or hit your horse this can make the problem worse by giving a wrong signal. Instead be prepared to move quickly and directly by moving the horse backwards. This will help in two ways the first your horse will be caught off guard and likely forget what they were doing and the second is it establishes a calm show of strength (your the Alpha).

Another reason horses will nip is a lack of oral stimulation. In nature a horse will spend a good portion of the day grazing. With the high food value feeds we have bestowed upon the domestic breeds feeding time is generall y over in a matter of minutes.

A “Jolly Ball” can help make up for that lack of oral stimulation and ultimately may help reduce your nippers tendency to bite.

Horse Biting Video #8 ( Can we agree this is a "No-No")

What do you think about the Jolly Ball for Horses?

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    • sierradawn lm profile image

      sierradawn lm 4 years ago

      I wish that I had known all this when I was a kid on the farm with my horses! I had no idea horses needed toys! What a great and unexpected lens!

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      DoctorMo1 5 years ago

      Jolly Ball is a great dog toy too!! My German Shepherd loved his. Tied a piece of rope to the handle and it made a great tug toy.

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      halloweenprops 5 years ago

      Cool horse toy!

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      BunnyFabulous 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Wish some of the horses I rode at the riding school I learned at had had toys like a Jolly Ball to play with. Had some big time biters there, so grooming them and putting their tack on was a challenge.

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      Tara Wojtaszek 5 years ago

      It never occurred to me that a horse could get bored but it makes sense.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I had a Dressage School Master that had a kind of haughty attitude - always looking down his nose at you - who turned into a playful foal with his Jolly Ball. He would shake it up and down and hit himself in the head repeatedly and the throw it and "passage" over to it and stomp it so that it flew off. It was so funny! Unfortunately the video is not digital - and I don't know how to get it that way.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Ah, poor horses! I guess we humans don't always think about boredom in horses. They surely do stand a lot and carry a lot of weight. I always wondered about their tired hooves and legs.

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      Bob Zau 6 years ago

      It's a real treat watching my wife's horse and his buddy play with their Jolly Ball.

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