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Hanging Ball

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Lately, there are two very different reasons the horses have been confining themselves close to the shelter of the barn overhang. I was showing off the mud yesterday but that has now turned rock-hard because the air temperatures have plummeted to single digits with a wind that feels like someone set the clocks back to January. The snow down the hill from the overhang that was melting two days ago has become dangerously glazed again with the re-freeze creating a hazard that the horses wisely choose to avoid.

Just in time, I hung up a fresh boredom-busting treat, Uncle Jimmy’s Hanging Ball that Light immediately went for.

The enticing grains held together with a sweet molasses coating are hard to gobble because the ball is hung high and swings away from any attempt to get a big bite.

Sometimes I feel like it’s cruel to tease them with this but watching how they don’t give up over time and eventually the ball starts to show signs they are getting nibbles off it makes me think it is serving the intended purpose of giving them a challenge that helps fight boredom.

Surprisingly, I have yet to see the barn birds claiming ownership of these sweet grain treats. It seems like it would be obvious bird food. Just in case they are chipping away at it when I am not around, the length of time the treat lasts tells me they aren’t cheating the horses of nibbles. In fact, that would probably help the horses out because when it is completely round at the start, all they can really accomplish is to lick it.

How many licks does it take to get to the center of an Uncle Jimmy’s Hangin’ Ball?

The world may never know.




Written by johnwhays

March 18, 2023 at 10:21 am

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  1. I love these shots! And you bring up a point about how animals are WAY different than humans! My little doggie has never had a scrap of human food. We inherited him and were told that was a very bad idea for his breed. But gosh…I don’t care what I may be eating, he somehow knows that it is something he would LOVE!! And he hangs out with earnest that I may just drop a piece…or even GIVE him one! And it has never happened. A human would have been conditioned to stop because they didn’t have any luck…not my little Mister…he STILL BELIEVES he may get lucky…and it always amazes me.
    Hope all is well with you and Cyndie…and all the aminals!! 🙂


    March 20, 2023 at 10:54 am

    • That’s hilarious. Yes, the endless optimism for possibly getting a morsel, despite a lifelong pattern of never before.
      We are well, thanks! Love to you, Lorrie! (Cyndie was just down in Fort Myers area visiting her mom for a week, enjoying warm weather!)


      March 20, 2023 at 11:01 am

      • Oh, good for her, John! Sure looks like you guys could use a little warmth 😉 I am amazed it can still be so cold up there!!


        March 20, 2023 at 11:26 am

  2. Great photos🤣


    March 18, 2023 at 10:45 am

    • I didn’t know I had captured the teeth and tongue until I saw it much later on my computer. Made me very happy. 🙂


      March 18, 2023 at 10:48 am

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