The Indestructible Jolly Ball, and a Donkey

I thought perhaps a toy might distract Beamer from his sometimes destructive behavior, so I bought him a Jolly Ball.  Seemed rather pricey, but considering the fact that it’s made for horses and is supposed to be indestructible, I spent the $20 bucks.


Beamer digs… not just little holes you could step into and twist your ankle. No, huge holes that you wouldn’t want to fall into without a passport in your pocket.  He’s been naughty too, like dismantling the automatic drinker in his pen and adjoining, then chewing everything to bits except the bowl. If that’s not bad enough, two weeks ago he bit me in the ass which left me an attractive purple hickey the size of a salad plate.

Beamer is obviously bored.  The indestructible Jolly Ball seemed like the perfect answer, and it was, briefly.  It lasted twice as long than it would have taken me to feed the $20 bucks into a paper shredder.

Beamer destroyed the indestructible Jolly Ball, and although it was flat as a pancake, I couldn’t bring myself to throw it away. I decided to make Beamer a new toy, and hung it from a lead rope in his pen…  now I need a new lead rope.

If only donkeys were this easy…


amy elizabeth, TBN Ranch


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14 Responses to The Indestructible Jolly Ball, and a Donkey

  1. Donkeys enjoy having a donkey to play with perhaps you can get him a playmate? They also love to eat old stumps as they are wood eaters. Good job giving this boy a good home he is one lucky donkey 🙂

  2. tbnranch says:

    Thanks Joe, he has one in his pen now, I’ll try hanging it. 🙂

  3. We had a donkey on the ranch I worked at and we had the same problem. No fence rail was safe, gates were chewed, and God forbid he got hold of your clothes! Jenny was the one who came up with the answer. I was changing a tire on the hay wagon one day and she said,” Why don’t you use some of that cable in the barn and hang that old tire up in the corral for him to play with?” It worked fantastic, he beat the crap out of it, poked and hung his head through it, tugged at it, bit it and just plain old had a ball with it. It wasn’t long before horses started enjoying it too! 2 years later when I left the ranch, the tire was still swinging in the corral!

  4. Bongo says:

    And I thought Bongo was bad.

  5. tbnranch says:

    Yep… that must be it!

  6. Maybe Beamer came from a line of Pirate Donkeys, that would explain his digging for Pirate treasure. 🙂

  7. Rita A. says:

    Would old tires work?

  8. What about wearing saddle bags? Gives the animal a job to do…I’ve heard it works with some dogs.

  9. Bassas Blog says:

    🙂 He is a rascal! I found this list of inexpensive toys on a donkey website:

  10. Oh, Beamer, what a bad boy!

    I think you should send a picture of Beamer’s handiwork to the company that made the “indestructible” Jolly Ball. 😉

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