Boredom busters and slow feeder ideas for your horse


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hay net outside stall window for boredom


There may be some times in your horse’s life when he needs to chill out for a bit.


  • Stall rest is definitely one of those times. Awful and unsafe weather keeps us out of the saddle sometimes, a horse’s friend moving away, and other stressful situations warrant some mental interaction for your horse.


  • Horses on diets, horses with ulcers, and even horses that are just plain ‘ol horses can benefit from a slow feeder as well. There are plenty of ways to make your horse’s meals last longer, which occupies his brain and keeps his body in a more natural state.


  • This is by no means an exhaustive list. There are tons of ideas out there, these are the ones that I have used before.


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horse pushing a horse toy


Train and combat boredom at the same time

train your horse to do anything book

This is the best horse book, ever.


  • I can’t love this book any more than I already do. Years ago, I read this like a maniac and turned my unsafe and dangerously spooky horse into a lovely, trustworthy creature that would happily trot through the fields without a bridle. More on that story here.


  • Boredom is a mental thing, and since we usually can’t hook our ponies up with some binge-watching TV, get involved. Work on his brain at the same time as teaching him how to learn.


How to bust your horse’s boredom with food and slow feeders.


  • Just keep it flowing. All the livelong day. I don’t mean let him decide on what volume of hay to eat, that still needs to be reasonable. I do mean that you should give him some eating challenges so his noms last longer. And yes, you can get slow feeders for grains and pellets.


How to get rid of boredom with horse toys.


  • Some horses want their toys loose, others prefer their toys to be tethered. You get to do some experimenting here. Some toys incorporate food, some don’t.


  • Nothing says “I love you, horse” more than an indestructible toy that you can stuff with your horse’s favorite snack. Well, your horse might disagree, but whatevs.


  • Please be fanatical about what sorts of treats you are giving – many are literally just sugar formed into a shape. Which is great, for SOME horses. You also want to make sure your horse paces himself. HA! Most horses need to have their sugary snacks removed.



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You Can Train Your Horse to Do Anything BOOK

This book is a wonderful, step-by-step guide to helping you "clicker train" your horse with positive reinforcement.

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Teaching Horses with Positive Reinforcement BOOK

A Guide to Achieving Success with Clicker Training. A great book about horse behavior and how to successfully train your horse with kindness.

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The Power of Positive Horse Training BOOK

Creating Exceptional Behavior by Changing Equine Relationships with the World Around Them

Horse Behaviour Exposed BOOK

Learn the language of horses

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Training Set with Clicker and Pouch
$19.25 $18.25

Keep your rewards handy while clicker training!

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Jolly Pets Horsemen's Pride Amazing Graze Toy

Keep your horse's brain happy!

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Great to use with buckets to discourage cribbing

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Equiessentials Slow Feed Hay Ball Large
$130.05 $120.20 ($120.20 / Count)
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Grazing Muzzle by GG Equine

Basket-style grazing muzzle to help keep a horse at a healthy weight and help reduce the risks of colic and laminitis in some horses.

Use code 15PROEQUINE for savings sitewide on muzzles, halters, slow feeders, and more.

HayPlay Slow Feed Bag XL – GG Equine

One side of this innovative slow feeder is solid - perfect for pastures! It will hold a small bale of hay.

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HayPlay Slow Feed Bag – GG Equine - 2 sizes available

2 sizes of this slow-feeding hay toy - snack size holds a few flakes, and the half size holds 1/2 bale.

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40 lb. Alfalfa Cubes
$35.02 ($0.05 / Fl Oz)
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Horsemen's Pride 10" Horse Jolly Ball Peppermint Scented
$33.80 $22.99

You can never have too many toys

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