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Introducing Equi-Spirit Horse Training Balls, Toys & Tools

As seen in Equus magazine, The Equestrian Times, Equine Journal, Trail Rider, The Organic Equine, Natural Horse Magazine, Phoenix Business Gazette, and the Arizona Republic newspaper

As seen on Cronkite News; News Watch Sports, The Bonnie Hunt Show, RFD TV, Horse City TV, and Animals At Work; A Canadian tv show.

 

 

Let Your Horse Play---The Natural Way

Hours of Fun with Extremely Durable, Safe, and Affordable Toys

and Horse Training Balls for Equines of all Sizes

Laura Zugzda-California   Friesian Stallions

 

135th Kentucky Derby Winner, Mine That Bird

Loves His Equi-Spirit™ Ball

 

December 29th, 2010—Cornville, AZ

His co-owner, Dr Leonard Blach contacted the Equi-Spirit office to order another Equi-Spirit ball.  He stated via email, “Mine That Bird has so much fun with his ball. He always had something to play with, but this is favorite toy.  He has it in his sand paddock in the day time, then at night he wants it in his stall with him; it’s his security blanket. I love watching him play with it. Thanks so much for this idea.”

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Dogs LOVE the Equi-Spirit ball too!  See pictures below

CLICK for Canine-Spirit Toys site

Retailers--Interested in carrying our unique Equi-Spirit Toys & Tools?

CLICK to email Lisa Ross-Williams

Looking for Equi-Spirit Retailers Out of the U.S.?

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Zing from Australia "has a ball" with his Equi-Spirit Soccer ball

Ablue Moon Rising (Zing) owned by Dee Kelly of Ablue Moon Arabian Ponies

Dutch from Indiana has some fun in the snow

Smoke, the steer LOVES his Equi-Spirit Smiley Face Ball

Adelante having fun

Pluto shows off with his Equi-Spirit Ball

Pluto Tucsok-Lipizzan

Photo credit: Barb Riebold

“We believe very strongly in the importance of play in a horse’s

emotional and physical well being,” says Equi-Spiritcreator, Lisa

Ross-Williams and Kenny Williams. “But our horses were literally

going through various balls in a matter of a few minutes. Our horse

Riley seemed on mission to pop whatever inflated toy he could,

either by biting them or laying on them,” says Lisa. “We became

committed to finding a horse play ball that could hold up, but there

were none on the market that could offer any durability.  So we

located a raw material supplier, and created Equi-spirit. We found

other people were having the same durability issues, so it was a

hit!”

Extremely durable, made with a heavy duty inner bladder which is

then covered by a cover, the Equi-Spiritball is big, beautiful,

weather resistant and provides your equine partner play all day. 

It’s been proven that horses do not get bored with the Equi-Spirit

horse training balls, toys and toolsas they sometimes do with

other toys.  Available in a variety of sizes from 25" for little and

timid horses, all the way up to 40 " for the BIG horses.  The balls can

be used for free-play which encourages exercise and stimulates the

horse’s minds as well as their bodies. 

The balls and tools can also be used for mounted games including

Horse Soccer, a growing equine trend. Equi-Spirit toys are also

currently used by a number of clinicians at their demonstrations and

events.  Karen Scholl, Horsemanship for Women, uses her Equi-spirit

ball and Rainbow Parachute for this purpose.  The complete line of

Equi-spirit toys and tools, including the extra durable balls can also

be used by teachers and trainers, individual horse owners and care-

givers to keep horses exercised and amused.

Karen Scholl uses some Equi-Spirit products during her demo at the Festival of Horses

Karen Scholl's Horsemanship for Women

Equi-Spirit Videos

Footage can take up to a minute to load-please be patient  

 

Freeplay

Featuring Elvis, Cooper, Riley and Spirit

 

Ground/mounted games

Featuring Rebel and Smokie

If you're having trouble getting the above video to play, here is a link to the same footage on You Tube  CLICK for You Tube video of Elvis and Riley

Video Footage and Editing Courtesy of

Sweet 16 Studio

YOU TUBE VIDEOS OF HAPPY CUSTOMERS

CLICK for You Tube video of Fresian Stallion, Midnight Tango with his Smiley Face Ball

CLICK for video of Amazing mini Ricky

CLICK for You Tube video of Bailey and Melissa Shell

CLICK for Amazing Lucy and Her Ball Play

CLICK for You Tube Video--World Cup Soccer Horses vs Humans

CLICK for You Tube video of Roman's horse in Kosovo

CLICK for Arianne's Colt in Canada

CLICK for Scooter's You Tube video

CLICK for Andulisian Stallion with his Equi-Spirit Ball

CLICK for Tyson with his X-Mas Present-Equi-Spirit Ball

CLICK for Kami's (mini filly) Ball Video

CLICK for Ball Playing Colt

CLICK for Overseas Ball Fun

CLICK for Arabian Colt with his Equi-Spirit Ball

CLICK for Rinaldo, 3-year-old Andalusian stallion

Mountain View Kids Camp Soccer Games

CLICK for Mountain View's Soccer Page with videos

CLICK for Tobi and his Equi-Spirit Ball

CLICK for Flipped Her Halo with her ball

CLICK for Jack and his Equi-Spirit Ball

CLICK for trainer Julie Goodnight and her Equi-Spirit Toys

 

Equi-Spirit Equine SoccerBall

Gannon-Pipersville, PA

Thank You to Laura Zugzda-California

Friesian Stallions playing with an Equi-Spirit Catch Ball

 

 

Reddy Rascal and Chloe-Janet from PA

 

Lionus

 

       Equi-Spirit Jolly Roller  (see below)

 

Gypsy Horses in Texas

 

 

Equi-Spirit Ball and Dressage?? You Bet!

Patsy and Ronaldo, 18.1 hand Dutch Warmblood, used as a dressage horse when not playing with his ball

 

Scottsdale Paso Fino

 

40" Equi-Spirit

Smiley Face Ball

Omar the Camel LOVES his Equi-Spirit Soccer Ball

 

EQUI-SPIRIT IN THE NEWS

Equi-Spirit was featured in the business section of the Arizona Republic newspaper on October 5th, 2009

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CLICK for On-line article

 

Environmental Enrichment for Horses by Terri Cage

Ran in Fort Worth Horses Examiner  October 5th, 2009

CLICK for Terri's Article

 

Our balls are different from the Parelli and Horse Soccer ball!  How??

1.  Our Equi-Spirit™ balls are designed for horses-Theirs are human exercise/play balls.

 

2.  Our Equi-Spirit™ balls have an outside cover which protects the inner pvc (with anti-burst) bladder; horses cannot bite a hole in the bladder.  Theirs has only a thin rubber bladder filled with air; horses can easily bite and pop it.

 

3.  Our Equi-Spirit™ balls can be used for free-play.  Theirs is labeled for only supervised ground/mounted games.

 

4.  Our Equi-Spirit™ balls come in cool designs and colors and two sizes; 25” and 40”.  Theirs only come in one size and blue.

 

5.  The inner bladder in our Equi-Spirit™ balls can be replaced.  Once theirs pop, you have to buy a whole new ball.

 

6.  Our Equi-Spirit™ balls come with a 30 day warranty against manufacturer’s defects.  Theirs doesn’t.

 

The Forest Boys Introduce the NEW Yellow and Black Soccer Ball

 

Riley Introduces our NEW Equi-Spirit ULTIMATE Cordura Ball

This Extra Heavy-Duty Ultimate ball is made for Extreme environments and horses. A step above our regular fabric covered Equi-Spirit balls, this product can withstand the very aggressive player and more rugged land.

 

 

Missy and Sunny

Vinnie-Spanish Mustang

Riley Introduces our NEW Green/Yellow Cordura

Lucky playing soccer

Frisian Mare from the Netherlands

My Frisian mare who absolutely loves the ball. She's dressage trained and we use the ball every now and then to have a change in the training. I can confirm that the ball is really strong as we've tripped over it a good couple of times and neither the horse or the ball had any damage!

 My point, dressage horses can play soccer too!

 

Best regards,

 Rianne Poesse

(The Netherlands)

www.scipita.nl

 

Kids LOVE the Equi-Spirit Balls

Kids on Critters, P & M Arena, Arizona

 

Braum-10 months old

Melissa Shell and Baily, a 3-year-old

BEWARE OF IMPOSTERS

Others are trying to copy our ball designs--If it doesn't have the Equi-Spirit Logo, It's NOT the world famous Equi-Spirit Ball.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equi-Spirit Equine Soccer Ball.  Great for free-play, horse training or mounted games such as "equine soccer".  Featuring a durable PVC bladder and 100% double knit polyester cover, plug, instructions and a 30 day warranty against manufacturer's defects. Cover made in the USA! Red & white or Red & Black & NEW Yellow & Black

40" $123.00    25"  $66.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equi-Spirit Smiley Face Ball.  Great for free-play. horse training or mounted games such as "equine soccer".  Featuring a durable PVC bladder and 100% double knit polyester cover, plug, instructions and a 30 day warranty against manufacturer's defects. Cover made in the USA! 

40"  $126    

25"  $68.00

 

 

NEW!  40” Equi-Spirit™ Ultimate Cordura Ball.  This Extra Heavy-Duty Ultimate ball is made for Extreme environments and horses. A step above our regular fabric covered Equi-Spirit balls, this product can withstand the very aggressive player and more rugged land. This fun design ball is great for mounted games or free-play.  Featuring a durable PVC bladder and Cordura cover, this ball can give your horse years of play.   Colors may be inverted. Includes plug, set of instruction and  a 30-day warranty against manufacturer's defects.     COVER MADE IN THE USA

 

 

40":  $169

25":  $112

Rainbow Rigid Plastic Cones. 15 inch high play cones which are sturdy, colorful, and versatile. Set of six includes one of each rainbow color; red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Great for free play or mounted games.

$42

Equi-Spirit Catch Ball. A safe, soft, durable, air-filled rubber ball with colored spikes that’s easy to grab and throw, 12” diameter.

$29.50

Equi-Spirit 12 foot diameter Parachute. 

12’ Rainbow Training Parachute. Constructed of durable nylon, reinforced at stress points and complete with nylon handles. Great for desensitization as well as ground and mounted games.

$55

Equi-Spirit™ Jolly Roller Standard

 Although all of our Equi-Spirit™ Toys are durable, the new Jolly Roller™ is almost indestructible.  Made from super strong hard plastic, this toy can be rolled, picked-up and thrown around.

Reel diameter 20” with a 30” length

$51

 

Equi-Spirit™ Jolly Roller Super

 Although all of our Equi-Spirit™ Toys are durable, the new Jolly Roller™ is almost indestructible.  Made from super strong hard plastic, this toy can be rolled, picked-up and thrown around.

Reel diameter 28” with a 26 ” length

$63.50

 

 

Our Equi-Spirit ball cover material is hand cut and sewn by humans on a sewing machine here in the US.  Therefore there may be a slight size difference.

--Equi-Spirit Jolly Roller

 

 

CLICK to visit our on-line store to purchase 

Enjoy our Equi-Spirit Photo Gallery

Bob from Montana LOVES his Equi-Spirit Toys

Equine Voices Horse Sanctuary in Green Valley, Arizona

CLICK for Equine Voices Website

Gulliver, Deuce and Spanky

Ollie & Trickster with their Catch Ball

Cooper from New Zealand play with his Equi-Spirit Catch Ball

Simon, the donkey plays with his Equi-Spirit Mini Sports Ball

 

Nikko has Some Winter Fun with his Equi-Spirit Ball

 

California Sherrif's Posse Training

Arabian Stallion-Don and Yvonne Reed, Colorado

 

Jester and Robin, Netherlands

Paul de Ruigh

AZ Equine Rescue

 

Nugget from Australia

Equine Soccer?  Horse 'n Around has Never Been So Much Fun!

Kathie Steinberger, WI

Mounted Police Patrol Training

Hoof Ball players in New Zealand

 

CLICK for Horse Soccer Naturally Page

 

Ever driving through Bluff, UT and want a great cup of coffee and entertainment too?  Visit Comb Ridge Coffee shop and watch their mini donkey play with his Equi-Spirit Ball!

Comb Ride Cofee Shop

What Can I Do with My Equi-Spirit Rainbow Parachute?

CLICK for Parachute Task Suggestions

Horse from Switzerland gets some parachute training

Anna Twinney/Trainer using the Equi-Spirit Parachute

CLICK for Anna's You Tube video

 

EQUI-SPIRIT GIVES BACK TO THE HORSE COMMUNITY

Every year Equi-Spirit donates hundreds of our world famous Equi-Spirit balls to non-profits around the world.  We believe in supporting those who make such an effort to help horses and people in need.

Proud Spirit Horse Sanctuary

SavetheHorse.com

Equine Voices Rescue

Nor Cal Equine Rescue

SCLAR-Large Animal Emergency Evacuation

National Wild Horse Center

Saint Jude Mesa Stables

Equi-More Foundation

Narrow Gate Youth Ranch

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch

Pregnant Mare Rescue

Quest Equine Welfare

Thank you, thank you, thank you for our new ball!  We have enjoyed countless hours of laughter and fun as a result of introducing our horses to this new toy.   The horses, kids, and staff are so grateful for your generous gift. 

Sarah Beck--Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch

 

Dear Lisa:
I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank Natural Horse Talk for their kind support of our 1st Annual Horse Soccer Tournament! We cannot believe the amazing things that have occurred here at NGYR since we began using the Equi-Spirit balls to work with our horses. The tournament was a great success with six teams participating and plenty of spectators cheering them on. But what has really been remarkable is the response from the horses while working with the balls and the kids that come out to the ranch to work with our "equine" counselors. Many of the children we serve have also taken a great interest in working with the horses and the Equi-Spirit balls including several of our autistic children. To see them enthusiastically participating blesses our hearts so much! Anyway, we just wanted you to know what a positive impact your product has had at our ranch. Attached is a donation receipt for the ball you donated to us for our tournament. We have also included some photos we thought you might enjoy.
Thank you again for your generous support!
Em McKnight
Office Manager
Narrow Gate Youth Ranch

CLICK for Narrow Gate Youth Ranch Soccer Game

 

Dogs LOVE the Equi-Spirit Balltoo!

 

We had to write to tell you what a smashing success your Equi-Spirit Balls have been with our 9 month old horse Newfoundland dog, Hope. Hope is an intelligent, fun loving and energetic puppy who loves to play and plays hard. She’s never one to pass up a heart pounding, heavy panting, tongue hanging all-out romp. Because her play is so physical and free spirited we were having a hard time finding and keeping toys for her that were size appropriate, mentally stimulating and could withstand the cyclone we call Hope. After she destroyed her last Pilate’s ball belly-surfing it across our backyard yard, we set out on an internet mission to find the right toys for her. By chance we stumbled across your website and the wonderful pictures of the horses having such a great time with the Equi-Spirit Ball. Both my wife and I commented that the expressions of sheer joy on the horses’ faces were the same ones we would see when Hope played with a toy that she really liked. We ordered 2 balls; a 26” Smiley Face and 40” Soccer ball, and Hope loves and plays with both of them. Despite her best efforts, both balls continue to withstand her body surfing, repeated slams, aerobatics, head butts, bites and all around frivolity and merriment.

 

We’ve passed your website address along to a number of our friends across the country who also have Newfoundland dogs and who are continually looking for the perfect toy for their dogs. I think we found it.  Thanks.

 

Brad & Jill Wall

Portland, OR

 

Boo, an Old English Sheep Dog, wasn't much for playing until he got his Equi-Spirit ball

Chopper and Lady from New South Wales

Spirit gets a good workout with her Equi-Spirit Ball

CLICK for Canine-Spirit Toys website

CLICK to visit our on-line store to purchase

Equi-Spirit at the Horse Expo in Sacramento, 2008

Search and Rescue Dog LOVED his Equi-Spirit Ball

Equi-Spirit at the Festival of Horses, Scottsdale, AZ Dec 2008

The Organic Equine Magazine in New Zealand and Australia asks about

Equi-Spirit Toys & Tools

 

How did Equi-Spirit Toyscome about being designed?

“We believe very strongly in the importance of play in a horse’s emotional and physical well being,” Says Equi-Spiritcreator, Lisa Ross-Williams. “But our horses were literally going through various balls in a matter of a few minutes. Our horse Riley seemed on mission to pop whatever inflated toy he could, either by biting them or laying on them,” says Lisa. “We became committed to finding a horse play ball that could hold up, but there were none on the market that could offer any durability.  So we located a raw material supplier, and created Equi-spirit. We found other people were having the same durability issues, so it was a hit!”

What makes the Equi-Spirittoys so durable?  What types of “abuse” can these toys take before they would break?

 

They are extremely durable because they are made with a heavy duty inner bladder which is then covered by either a nylon or poly-fabric cover.  These balls are the only horse balls on the market which can hold up to the rigors of free-play.  Horses can pick them up without damaging the bladder and can even withstand those funny horses who enjoy laying on them; even our 2500 pound Percheron, Elvis.

 

The greatest danger is sharp objects such as pointed branches, large thorns and of course, barbed wire. 

 

Why is playing so vital to horses?

 

Horses are very perceptive and curious creatures. Standing around all day and night becomes very boring and unsettling. Having nothing to do to occupy his mind, the horse turns to "vices" to relieve his boredom and eventually these behaviors become a habit.  Horses love to play, a good session of playing will raise their spirits and allow their physical bodies to stretch and get stronger. When a horse moves, the blood from the lower legs is pumped back through the body to the heart by the hooves, tendons and muscles. In order to have strong, healthy feet and legs, motion and play is needed. The movement also stretches and strengthens the muscles and joints in the entire body. Furthermore, this activity also promotes healthy gut activity, helping to cut down on chances of impaction colic.

What does playing with the Equi-Spirit toysteach my horse?

The balls can be used for free-play which encourages exercise and stimulates the horse’s minds as well as their bodies.  Free-play allows the horse to naturally learn to use his body without the interference of the human.  They learn self-collection, suppleness, flying and simple leads changes, concentration and focus.  This then prepares them for disciplines such as dressage, barrel racing, cow working, etc.

Can I play with my horse too?

The toys can be used for ground games, teaching both horse and human focus and timing. They can also be used for mounted games including equine soccer, a growing trend.   Mounted exercises can promote horse and rider working together by putting principle to purpose. Equi-Spirit toysare also currently used by a number of clinicians at their demonstrations and events.  Karen Scholl, Horsemanship for Women, uses her Equi-spirit ball for this purpose.  The complete line of Equi-spirit toys and tools, including the extra durable balls can also be used by teachers and trainers, individual horse owners and care-givers.  They are great horse training balls.

What types of products does Equi-Spiritoffer?

Our most popular items include the balls which are available in a variety of sizes from 24" for little and timid horses up to 40 " for the bigger horses. 

  • Equi-Spirit specialty  balls feature fun designs and colors such as a red & white or red & black soccer ball in 25” and 40”; multi-color beach ball in 40”, and the newest bright yellow smiley face ball in 40” and 25” sizes.
  • The Rainbow Rigid Plastic Cones are 18-inch high play cones, which are sturdy, colorful, versatile and tough enough to last.  Set of six includes one of each rainbow color; red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.
  • Equi-Spirit Rainbow Tetherball. Durable weather-resistant rubber construction which includes 8’ rope. Can be tied and hung from above for exciting play or rope removed and used as a ground play ball.
  • Equi-Spirit Catch Ball. A safe, soft, durable, air-filled rubber ball with colored spikes that’s easy to grab and throw, 12” diameter.

   Where can I get the Equi-Spiritproducts from?

We offer an easy to use on-line store or can take orders over the phone.   First, be sure to visit our Equi-Spirit Toys & Toolspage at www.naturalhorsetalk.com and click on the “horse toys” button on the left or direct to http://www.naturalhorsetalk.com/horsetoys.html to see our gallery of horses playing with their toys and short videos.  To access the store, click on the “store” button on the top.  For any questions, please email Lisa@naturalhorsetalk.com

Lisa is a veteran in the holistic horse care arena. In addition to creating Equi-Spirit toys and tools, Lisa has launched www.naturalhorsetalk.com, a unique holistic horse care website and hosts “If Your Horse Could Talk” webcast, and is a  Pro-On-Call for www.allabouthorses.com.

Order your Equi-Spirit Toys & Tools

through our website store!

CLICK to visit our on-line store

Looking for Equi-Spirit Retailers Out of the U.S.?

CLICK here for a list

CLICK for Equi-Spirit Toys & Tools Flier

CLICK for Equi-Spirit Inflation Instructions

CLICK for Equi-Spirit FAQs

CLICK for Canine-Spirit Flier

Interested in Retailing our Equi-Spirit Toys & Tools? CLICK to email Lisa Ross-Williams

BEWARE OF IMPOSTERS

Others are trying to copy our ball designs--If it doesn't have the Equi-Spirit Logo, It's NOT the world famous Equi-Spirit Ball.

 

 


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