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Shires Ball Feeder

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Why We Love This

The Shires Ball Feeder is stable favorite for both owners and horses! This colorful play ball helps ease stable boredom and engages your horse in the pasture. Simply fill the ball with treats or grain and let your horse play!
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  • Great for both stalls and paddocks
  • Helps ease boredom and create engagement
  • Easy to fill with treats or grain
  • Durable

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Length- 11"
Height - 9.5"
Width - 9.25"
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Shires Ball Feeder is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 76.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great size. Definitely keeps my horse less bored while in stall.
Date published: 2021-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Interactive Treat Toy! I bought this for my horse, Lucky, when he is in his stall more due to poor winter weather. It is wonderful for winter time boredom and keeps him occupied for hours. He seemed to enjoy getting the treats out of it and finds it very entertaining! It is a very durable toy. My horse has had his for a few years. It's starting to show wear but still works. Since Lucky is food motivated, this toy is a huge hit. It was funny when he first started to figure it out, but after a couple of minutes, he realized how to get the treats out. I use the SmartCookies since they are small and sugar-free and I have found that they are a perfect size. I have also cut up small pieces of carrot to put inside the treat ball. I have only used the Shires Ball Feeder in Lucky's stall as he is usually pretty occupied outside. I have also brought it to shows. It not only keeps him busy but it also has a way of relaxing him. Cleaning the outside of the ball is easy. I just use a scrub brush and a hose. The inside takes a little more time. That is why I only put dry treats in it. That way the only thing inside that would need to be cleaned is any shavings or hay that gets in. When I am hosing the outside, I rinse the inside a few times and put it upside down to dry. I highly recommend the Shires Ball Feeder. It is Lucky approved!
Date published: 2021-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this ball I bought this about a month ago, and my horses love it. I fill it with large hay pellets from Medalist Feed and it is absolutely perfect. They’ll plays with it for hours. It has some scrapes on it, but just superficial - the ball itself is holding up great. My horses are mustangs (2-6 years old) and they aren’t always gentle, so I’m glad it has held up so far!
Date published: 2021-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect I bought this for a very special horse at the horse sanctuary where I volunteer. He figured it out so quickly and he loves it. It makes me so happy that that this ball gives him so much pleasure. It is heartwarming to see.
Date published: 2020-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Treat My horse loves this, it's a great fun treat for him.
Date published: 2020-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good design I wasn't sure my horse would persist in pushing the ball till the pellets and cubes came out but he did and he loves it!
Date published: 2020-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Durable Product w/Distructo Equine! I bought this 6 months ago and am just now having to replace it. Mr. Distructo, aka Dakota, is very hard on things and they usually don't last long. This product however stood up to his hurling it (kicking) across his 31' stall. I'm so impressed by it, that I'm buying a replacement for it.
Date published: 2020-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Huge hit! Gave to a horse who never had any interest in jolly balls-- this has been seeing a ton of use! Easy to clean and seems like it will be unlikely to roll out of a paddock due to its design.
Date published: 2020-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for boredom! I bought this in the hopes that my horse who chews the stall out of boredom would chew less and play more. While I haven’t had the ball feeder for very long, Lily really enjoys the challenge of getting her dinner out of it.
Date published: 2020-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great concept I have two horses and originally bought one ball to keep my cribber busy. I hen I saw how much fun she was having, I bought a second one for my other horse. They seem to enjoy looking for the treats. It’s so much fun to watch them.
Date published: 2020-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My horse is obsessed To be honest, my friend peer pressured me into buying this. I finally caved, and have no regrets. It took him an hour to figure it out but now he plays with it all day long. I fill it with alfalfa pellets.
Date published: 2020-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun, fun, fun! This is a truly wonderful product. My horses love them. The horses roll them around their stalls and receive treats. They're a great way to prevent stall boredom. Very sturdy.
Date published: 2020-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fun! I got this for my Harley boy as a way to keep him occupied while I'm unable to be at the barn as much. He was apprehensive at first but once he discovered that this strange object dispenses yums he was all over it!
Date published: 2020-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from These are great! I have used this in stalls and outside, for so many reasons and so many horses. I use Blue Seal hay stretcher pellets with this, they fall out easily. Love this product for horses in limited turnout (our mini or layups)
Date published: 2020-04-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Might be too challenging for some There is a lip on the inside of the hole which often blocks the treats from coming out. I'm sure some horses whip this thing all around with gusto and get the treats but my horse had a real problem. He could hear the pieces of carrot in there but they never came out so he'd just give up. My solution was to drill another hole in the opposite side of the existing hole. The pieces will come out easier this way. It's still a challenge for him. The carrots don't pour out. but they do pop out every now and then so he doesn't get discouraged and lose interest in it.
Date published: 2020-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Busybody This ball has kept my 4yr old OTTB who is stall bound entertained for hours. Great investment.
Date published: 2020-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE! I bought these for my horses for toys on rainy days when stuck inside to keep busy! Now I just add a little treats everyday they even will go for the ball before even there grain! And all treats fit! I try getting the low sugar treats so not getting a lot of sugar everyday. They really love it! I have a pony that is a big head bobber in his stall when wants to get out or stressed he just gets very fussy and this has been so great for him he will play with that ball for hours even after empty keeps him happy! My mare when playing with hers does her own stretches while playing with hers! I’ve had both balls for over 3 years now and other than a few scratches from being bumped around not one dent very durable! I would definitely recommend for boredom busters or just even a fun toy! Great price too! And fun colors!
Date published: 2020-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great toy - except for size This is a fantastic toy! Our 2 year old colt LOVES to roll this and get his hay cubes out of it. BUT ... I wish they would make it about 2” bigger (13” diameter) so it didn’t fit under panels and roll out of the pen or into other horses paddocks. Please consider this. Thanks
Date published: 2020-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pure entertainment My horse is constantly playing with this ball every time I show up. Not sure if it is the peppermint candy I put inside that makes noise when he rolls it around but he sure loves it!
Date published: 2019-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun toy Loves to play with it to get out treats keeps him busy
Date published: 2019-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Buying another... Bought this for my baby horse (he likes it) but my older horse loves it, and steals it. Buying another
Date published: 2019-11-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Thin plastic First day of use and it already has a dent in it great product but needs to be made stronger
Date published: 2019-11-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Diificult My horse won’t even try to move it. I shook out cookies for her to eat and she is still not interested.
Date published: 2019-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great boredom breaker Fill them with smart cookies and my horse rolls it to get cookies out.
Date published: 2019-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great toy I bought a ball for my 6 year OTTB and he loves to play with it so much i bought one for my 23 OTTB to help keep him from cribbing.
Date published: 2019-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My mare loves this! This is the best cure for boredom when my mare is stuck in her stall. She rolls it around the floor and even up the walls to get her treats. It keeps her very entertained.
Date published: 2019-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My ponies love these!! I have 3 minis and I started with one of these and now am up to 3! They love them and it keeps them so busy. I use Cheerios for the minis and they get such a kick out of playing and rolling them around!!
Date published: 2019-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for my stall bound horse I purchased this for my gelding who is recovering from a suspensory injury (I’m trying to keep him from climbing the walls ha!). It’s worked perfectly. He picked it up right away. Smelled the treats and started rolling it and pawing at it. After a few days he got better and would roll it, and then sniff around to see if any treats fell out. He’s definitely gnawed on it and stomped on it and it’s held up great. Recommend for all stalled horses!
Date published: 2019-04-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great but needs to be openable for cleaning My horse loves this and it entertains her for AGES, however it needs to have a way to open it because it's impossible to clean. It will grow moldy over time and takes ages to dry out when you do clean it.
Date published: 2019-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hours of Fun for My Horse It has been a very rainy in Houston the past couple of years. As a result, turn out time is not a daily occurrence. I was looking for something that would help my horse pass the time in her stall. Hopefully, something that would engage her mind and encourage her to move around. I was very happy to come across this product on the SmartPak website. I read the reviews before purchasing this product, so I knew the size of the goodies put in the ball was important. Too small and the treats would pour out. Too big and the treats wouldn't come out at all. I found Manna Pro Start To Finish Apple Treats at my local feed store, and they seem to do the trick. If I had to guess, I would say each treat is about 1.5" X 0.5". Ruby happily roles her ball around her stall for hours, and the ball is empty when I get to the barn every evening. Ruby and I are very pleased.
Date published: 2019-03-26
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