Jack Likes His New Toy, and So Do the Dogs

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In my last post I solicited ideas from you to replace my horse Jack’s favorite toy, a feed pan that ended up stuck around his leg after too much hard playing. You all offered some great suggestions, including Porta-Feeders (outside my budget, but they look awesome!) to traffic cones to palm fronds (if only I lived in a place with palm fronds instead of snow!). After much thought, I decided to give the giant doggy tug rope a try as suggested by reader Courtney.

The video below shows Jack’s initial introduction to his new rope. He’s was little skeptical (“Is that a snake?!” he seems to ask) at first but quickly figured out how to swing and toss the rope. I have to apologize, though, before you hit playÑI had no idea I baby talked to my horses until I caught myself on camera (although, I bet I’m not alone!)

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Michelle Anderson is the former digital managing editor at The Horse. A lifelong horse owner, Anderson competes in dressage and enjoys trail riding. She’s a Washington State University graduate and holds a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in business administration and extensive coursework in animal sciences. She has worked in equine publishing since 1998. She currently lives with her husband on a small horse property in Central Oregon.

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