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Why Buy a Horse Toy
by Jimmie Hall

Horses can get very large and formidable looking, but deep down they are really just big kids. They need toys to play with just like humans do. You'll find that there are so many different horse toys to choose from. This page will give you some suggestions on what to buy when searching for toys for horses.

Firstly, you need to know that if your horse is to be stuck in a horse stall for a long length of time, then you must get him or her a toy. Your confined horse's health depends on you getting him or her some good toys to play with. If you do not get a toy for your horse it will end up getting bored and creating bad habits for itself. These habits will be very difficult if not impossible to break.

Now that you know you need to get your horse some toys to play with, we will go over a couple of the more common toys. Some common toys consist of scratching posts, amusement balls, and treat toys.

Treat toys are toys that contain food within them. The horse will have to work with the toy to get the food out of it. He or she can spend hours digging out the tasty treats that are located inside them. Just be careful not to give them too many of these toys because they will not want to eat their regular feed if you do.

The amusement ball is basically just something that grabs your horse's attention and causes him to want to play. You want to build or buy something that your horse will enjoy pushing around. This can be as elaborate as a large store bought gentle noise maker or a milk carton with some modifications.

A scratch post is just a rope tied around something soft so that the horse does not hurt himself. They provide a safe place for your horse to scratch. You can make one of these with some rubber and a nice rope or buy something a little sturdier online.

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