Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Scrambler

You got to know when to nose it
Know when to hoof it
Know when to walk around
Know when to trot
You never count your cubes
While they're sitting in the red egg
And who cares about the counting
When the eating's done?

A couple of months ago I posted about horse toys, bemoaning how much it would cost to buy two Nose-It cubes. Since then I been putting a scoop of alfalfa cubes into an old, round water can and letting Tonka and Raven have their way with it, which has worked out fine.

I was at a farm store that I rarely visit the other day buying seeds when The Scrambler caught my eye. It is a new (Canadian-made) dog toy that looks like a giant Easter egg and is made from a tough, rigid plastic. I mused aloud about whether it would stand up to horses if I bored a treat hole in one end, and the retailers thought that it probably would. At $18 it wasn't going to break the bank if it didn't work out, so I bought one.

So far the horses love it (or Raven loves it and Tonka would love to have the opportunity to love it) and shows no sign of breaking under the strain. Its shape is a huge advantage when being pursued by 1200lb animals because it simply skitters off in another direction if they happen to get a hoof on it. I am looking forward to buying another one ASAP before they all get snapped up.


Brandy said...

That looks great! And if Raven likes it, of COURSE Tonka wants one, LOL!

Thinking outside of the box is fun!

Brandy said...

PS, LOVE the pix of hopeful horsie lips!

skerp - the noise made by this toy when hooved at.

allhorsestuff said...

Great idea I tell ya!
Those muzzles were too funny!

Carole said...

Must. Have. Item!

Anonymous said...

That looks like a wonderful idea for Casey and my dogs!

Grey Horse Matters said...

Looks like a fun toy that they can play with. Good thinking.

Anonymous said...

Those Scrambler things have been for sale at Tisol here on Main for as long as I can remember. I think my dogs would find it beyond annoying (and Tweed would probably be afraid of it) but I bet the horses like it!

The food lady NLI