Hey there everybody.
To make a long story short, I'm going to need to move my horse to another boarding stable soon. There are only a few stables within reasonable driving distance from my house so naturally I'm strongly considering every one of them.
So, while I haven't seen it recently, I did visit one of these close places a few years ago. They have ample turn-out and room to run, not to mention lots of fun trails. The problem was the grass. Oh man, the grass there is incredible! My location is known for its lush spring grass but this particular barn took it a step further. It was tall, thick, and so intensely emerald green that it made my head spin. Perhaps the pasture had been planted with something special; I didn't ask then but I will when I go back to check it out in the coming months.
The horses were all turned out in huge pastures just overflowing with the beautiful Spring grass. I remember that they were very, ah... curvy. They had unrestricted all-day access to it. None of them were tender on their feet at the time that I saw them, but they were standing on soft footing.
Now, my horse is a stocky Paint and a very easy keeper. Her hoof trimmer, who is a very knowledgeable man, owns two insulin resistant horses of his own and he has told me that my horse shows subtle signs of having low level insulin-resistant-tendencies. From my own research I think that he is right. It has never been a problem though.
You know what's coming next, right? I'm thinking that maybe, just maybe, I could get away with boarding my horse there if she wore a grazing muzzle. Do you think that it would be able to restrict her grazing enough to keep her out of trouble? I'd love to hear about other people's experiences with grazing muzzles. Please, fire away! It's going to be important for me to know as much as possible about this because pretty much all of the available places have more grass than I would like. I'm going to need some way to deal with it either way.
Also, if by some chance she managed to pull the muzzle off and got in several good hours of stuffing herself before anybody noticed, would she be likely to founder or colic from the sudden increase in grass intake? I'm worried about that.
Am I nuts?
Here's I picture that I have very wrongly stolen from their ad: