Many horses suffer from boredom when stall bound whether its for a few short hours or due to an injury or other reason. Guest writer Katie Stone reviewed a treat that can be used to entertain your stall bound horse that is prone to boredom.
It feels like a heat wave as it warms up to the mid/high 40’s as spring begins, but for those of us in the Midwest, we know the warm temperatures most likely won’t stay. The horses begin playing throughout the pasture and are getting into all kinds of trouble as they release their cooped up energy from the long, freezing winter. They end up getting mud baths, ripping turnout blankets, and losing halters. It is a complete mess but being the good owners we are, we are happy for our dirty horses because they are happy. They are also releasing all that energy before we hop on for our lesson. All is well until they go back in their stall for the night and are left to get into trouble with the free time on their “hooves.”
My horse is a hooligan and is known for constantly getting himself into trouble if he isn’t being worked consistently. One thing he was given by his previous owners was Pony Pops. I have continued to give him these periodically throughout the winter to keep him busy in his stall. He uses the Lic ‘N Spin holder, but they can also be safely and easily tied up in a stall.
Pony Pops are all natural, hard-based grain lollipops that keep my horse busy for days. They come in four flavors: apple, peppermint, carrot and horsea salt. The ingredients are listed on the individual Pops.
Although they are pricey, they are well worth the investment knowing that my horse will be kept entertained which prevents injuries. As stated on the website, “[s]tudies show licking and playing with products such as the Pony Pop causes the horses brain to release endorphins, these relax the horse and bring about feelings of well-being and contentment.” As you will notice, I mention ‘winter season’ throughout this article because they do attract flies, and my horse ends up with what I call a ‘Pony Pop nose,’ or some sticky residue on his nose from licking the Pony Pops.
A case containing 16 pony pops is priced at $189.95 (shipping included). The Lic ‘N Spin holder holds two Pony Pops at once. During the winter I usually fill his holder once or twice a month depending on the weather, turnout, and riding schedule. A case will typically last me a whole winter season. The Pony Pops website does offer a Pony Pop 2-Pack which includes 2 Pony Pops in the flavor of your choosing for $32.95 (shipping included). As stated in their guarantee, “[e]very Pony Pop is sold with an unconditional money back guarantee. If for any reason you are not happy with the performance of the Pony Pop within 30 days of purchase, we will happily refund the purchase price; no questions.” It took about a week for the package to ship to Ohio as they are located in Colorado.