Cruel to be kind? - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 3 Old 03-24-2010, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 341
• Horses: 1
Question Cruel to be kind?

Candy is recovering from a minor-lamintis attack, and is temporarily living in a small yard at the stables, 1.5km from her paddock. She can't stay there forever, and the Vet has advised me to get her a grazing muzzle before taking her home. Has anyone had any experience with grazing muzzles? There is a pony in my paddock that wears one, and the holes are tiny! I don't see how she could get any thing of substance through it! I would feel really awful making Candy wear one.. but you have to be cruel to be kind I guess... thoughts?
SallyRC123 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 3 Old 03-25-2010, 02:24 AM
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Tampa Bay area, FL
Posts: 1,901
• Horses: 1
Well, thats the whole point of the grazing muzzle. It allows them to graze some, but not as much as regular horses so they don't gain weight and founder. Just make sure to get her a breakaway halter to attach to the muzzle.
justsambam08 is offline  
post #3 of 3 Old 03-25-2010, 10:59 AM
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: secret mountain valley
Posts: 1,363
• Horses: 2
I understand how you're feeling about this, but I literally saw a horse's two front feet FALL OFF during a euthanasia for severe laminitis. That poor horse must have been suffering horribly. To me, a grazing muzzle (which, as justsam points out keeps them from eating whatever they want and limits intake) is not particularly cruel if it is for prevention of overeating and laminitis.

If there is another way to limit intake, perhaps you could look into that (stalling, soaking hay to reduce sugar content, dry lotting, more exercise once the acute stage is over...) Everytime you feel "sorry" for putting her in the muzzle, think of the pain you're sparing her by doing so!!
tealamutt is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Is it cruel to a horse to have just one? AlmostThere Horse Talk 16 11-19-2009 12:20 AM
It's a cruel world... TaMMa89 General Off Topic Discussion 7 11-05-2009 05:35 PM
Tear me cruel if you must SonnyWimps Horse Riding Critique 13 04-01-2008 04:57 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome