Okay, I know it's been discussed before, but we're heading into that season again.
I need advice on grazing muzzles.
My boy blows up on air. He is heading out of winter already overweight - from what, I don't know, he gets literally a handfull of grain just so he'll go in his stall at mealtimes, and then round bale hay in the field.
He hasn't been worked much through the winter, and that will be changing as warmer weather comes, but he is still going to be needing a muzzle.
Last year I had him in a grazing muzzle spring through fall, but I need advice on two issues I had:
1. How do I keep it on him?? Very rarely will he leave it on more than a few hours. Sometimes he pulls it off himself, sometimes others in the pasture pull it off. It's usually in the middle of the field, so not being rubbed against trees or fence posts.
2. How do I prevent rubs from them? Last year he started getting little sores under his chin and on the tip of his nose from rubbing. I tried the padding at one point to help his chin, but it was in shreds in less than a week.
My only option for a dry lot would be to move him to a new facility. I would rather not do that, as I'm really happy with this place. Of course if it really came down to his health I would do so, but first I'd like to see what I can make work here.