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.



You may like to try some of the options suggested below to relieve the boredom of a horse who is confined to their stable. We would always encourage people to turn their horses out as much as possible, but these tips might be help if you have to keep your horse stabled for a particular reason.

Please be aware that not all things will work for all horses – it depends entirely on the individual horse’s nature and the circumstances.

  • georgie-in-stableMake 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


Click here to read the full article on the World Horse Welfare website

Advice on whether you should stable your horse