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Entertaining a horse on boxrest

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theflyingfuck Sat 20-Oct-12 09:51:27

Hello Ladies! I was wondering if anyone had any particularly fun ways of entertaining a horse on box rest? He has been in at night but never all day, so a little lonely and stressed, he is normally out all day with another horse or two. He has a boredom breaker (two in fact) but not much company where he is and if it makes any difference he's a little pony

Thanks x

cedmonds Sat 20-Oct-12 15:02:46

How long is in on box rest for?
If a while you could get him stable mirrors mine loved it when he was on box rest for a year. He still does. Can he see the others when they are out? If he is in a busy yard and lots going on try and hae him somewhere were he can watch the world go by.Mine also like having swedes hanging from the roof, but it needs to be somewhere they can push it against a wall or door.Little and often feeds as well if poss

ExitPursuedByAaaaaarGhoul Sat 20-Oct-12 15:06:20

Second the idea of mirrors.

And I used to sit in my horse's stable and read a book.

Out loud.

I know, I am a bit tragic blush

SucksToBeScaryMe Sat 20-Oct-12 15:08:15

I have had a horse on 4+ months,i agree with cedmonds. Horses are nosey and love having a room with a view! We put ours in the middle of the yard,he got a bit humpy when all he oher horses went out on excersise (had a buck and a kick) But it was the best we could do.
Good luck

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Sat 20-Oct-12 17:46:18

What's he in for? Could you make him a tiny paddock instead, near his friends? Box rest is horrid. Standing quietly outside in a ten ft patch next to his friends has got to be more beneficial than walking his box and kicking the door through stress!

theflyingfuck Sat 20-Oct-12 19:38:04

Hi, thanks for the advice, he has an absces (sp). So not too long (hopefully) the problem is the stable yard is packed and my stable although large, lit with natural light, cosy and with a built in manger and metal bracket, it is in a crap location as all the people who don't stable overnight get put there so no one will swap sad he cried all day and just wants to be OUT. Everyone keeps passing comment about how noisy he is! But no one wants to swap sad

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Sat 20-Oct-12 20:12:47

Now personally, I'd have put a rubber sock on and turned out anyway!

ExitPursuedByAaaaaarGhoul Sat 20-Oct-12 22:38:15

Abscess! It won't be long surely.

Plenty of poulticing and then a good slap of that thick tar stuff and then out.

maturenanny Sun 21-Oct-12 16:42:13

We used a radio, mirrors, hung treats from the roof...when we had a horse on box rest after colic surgery
X

cedmonds Sun 21-Oct-12 17:16:44

Disposable nappies are great to keep a bandage on foot dry and clean

frostyfingers Mon 22-Oct-12 10:06:17

Nappies and reams of duct tape should do it, and you can get poultice boots (although my dhorse is expert at taking those off).

Alameda Mon 22-Oct-12 23:17:50

is it any better, is he out yet?

had to keep 'sedating' mine for same thing recently (acp gel and occasional injection of dope) the vet was so insistent on box rest but it made him absolutely frenzied - in the end he was turned out on 3 legs and made a very swift recovery. Got some brilliant tape to hold the vet wrap and lintex stuff in place, I think it would survive anything

theflyingfuck Tue 23-Oct-12 11:02:29

We tried the music option and this works if he is tied up (strangely) We are going to try turning him out with my mare as she is pining and going off as well, I have one of those poultice boots cover things and we are going to see how he goes...

bonzo77 Tue 23-Oct-12 11:17:42

One of the horses at our yard had an abscess. She had her dressed foot wrapped to the knee with plastic bags and carpet tape and was turned out as usual. And this was this spring when it was wet.

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