Occupying a Stabled Horse
World Horse Welfare is an international horse charity - founded in 1927 - that improves the lives of horses in the UK and around the world through education, campaigning, and hands-on care.
Below is a summary taken from an article by World Horse Welfare.
Please be aware that not all things will work for all horses – it depends entirely on the individual horse’s nature and the circumstances.
- Make sure your horse can see others nearby
- Give them a football to play with
- Have a radio on in the background
- Fit a stable mirror
- Give them some stable toys to play with
- Bore a hole through a swede or turnip and hang it on a string from the ceiling
- Horses have evolved to eat for at least 16 hours a day so making sure they have enough to eat can be an excellent way to relieve boredom
- Spread feeds through the day wherever possible, so your horse receives his or her food in a larger number of small feeds to break the day up
- Exercise your horse by going for a ride or by walking your horse out in-hand
- Provide a vitamin/mineral lick
- Spend time grooming your horse