Are Stall Toys Good for Horses?

Q: When I walk down the aisle of the stable where I board, I see a lot of horses have balls or other toys hanging up or sitting on the floor of their stall. But I never see them playing with the toys. Is it good for horses to have toys in their stalls?

A: Well, it can be really beneficial to give stalled horses something to do. The problem with “toys,” either commercial or hand-made things, is that horses can become habituated to them pretty quickly. That is, the novelty wears off and they

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