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    04-23-2012, 11:14 PM
Grazing Muzzles

What is your experience with them? Should they be left on all the time if a horse is on pasture all the time? Do they work well? How long does a horse have to wear one to notice results?
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    04-23-2012, 11:28 PM
One of my geldings wears one when he's getting too plump from the pasture.

I have one that has the halter built in. He's never gotten it off before but it took me some time to get the correct fit. I leave it on while he's in the pasture (at night in the summer) and take it off while he's in the stall. (During the day due to bugs and hot weather)

He pouts most of the time while it's on, he can still eat and drink with it. No problems. It takes a few weeks to notice results. Mostly I see lack of weight gain as opposed to dropping weight. We stay at a steadier pace with maintaining weight. If he was worked more, it'd melt off. But he's only ridden once every 2-3 weeks, if that.
    04-23-2012, 11:37 PM
Mine is on pasture 24/7; would it be best to leave it on all the time, during the day, or during the night?
He's ridden 3-4 days a week, lunged some too, so I guess he would lose weight, right?
    04-23-2012, 11:40 PM
I personally wouldn't leave it on ALL the time. Take it off a couple times a week and maybe 1 day where he has it off all day? Find a schedule that works for you and your horse. Does the horse get checked on throughout the day? Proper fit is important with a grazing muzzle. And make sure that he doesn't rub it off which may happen. My gelding hasn't ever done it but horses are horses...

I'd imagine he'd lose weight. Better for him to be a little pouty and healthy as opposed to foundering.

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