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    05-19-2013, 09:47 AM
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Weanling
Grazing muzzles

I am seriously considering a grazing muzzle for my 4 yr old, Banjo. He is a Morgan so highly susceptible to EMS/laminitis, and an extremely easy keeper. With the spring grass he is already getting very fat, and I do not have a lock off area. He is in training so gets some exercise every day, but it is not enough to keep his weight down. I have never used a grazing muzzle and wondered if anyone has recommendations re: brands, types, etc. Also, how safe are they? Do horses ever get their feet caught in them or anything? Can they be left on unsupervised? There are trees in his pasture, so I guess that is a risk. Do they make a breakaway type in case he does get hung up? He is a clever guy, so if there is a way he can get it off himself he will. He also has a bratty little brother who likes to pull of flymasks, etc.
     
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    05-19-2013, 10:08 AM
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Green Broke
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[QUOTE=KatieQ;2557882]I am seriously considering a grazing muzzle for my 4 yr old, Banjo. He is a Morgan so highly susceptible to EMS/laminitis, and an extremely easy keeper. With the spring grass he is already getting very fat, and I do not have a lock off area. He is in training so gets some exercise every day, but it is not enough to keep his weight down. I have never used a grazing muzzle and wondered if anyone has recommendations re: brands, types, etc.My preference is the Tough 1-Easy Breathe as the nose holes are big enough the horse doesn't feel like it's suffocating all the time.

Unlike Best Friends, these are very light weight. Weaver's (Tractor Supply) are in the middle, in terms of weight, but they are a Best Friend clone and there are no big breathing holes.

Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - ChickSaddlery.com Tough-1 Easy Breathe Grazing Muzzle

Also, if you cursor down on this link, spend another $8 for the SF-1802 slow feed hay net. It will hold at least 12 pounds of hay and will slow his eating down for the night, if he comes in or is drylotted at night

Also, how safe are they? Do horses ever get their feet caught in them or anything? The Tough 1 Easy Breaths have a break-away. They are only as safe as the owner getting them properly adjusted. Sometimes that can be difficult due to the shape of the horse's head. I have one TWH that is built more like a Morgan and I ended up having to plastic tie the grazing bucket back because his jowels are on the petite side for a Walking Horse

Can they be left on unsupervised?Watch them at first, until they get used to the muzzle. Mine are out all day on 22 acres and I can't see them half the time. Muzzles are NOT meant to be left on 24/7. Take the muzzle off at dusk, back on by 8:00 AM.

There are trees in his pasture, so I guess that is a risk.It is but I have trees in my pasture and they less of a risk than when the fools itch themselves on the T-posts

Do they make a breakaway type in case he does get hung up? The Tough 1 Easy Breath is a breakaway.

He is a clever guy, so if there is a way he can get it off himself he will. <sigh> I know. One of mine flung his clear over into the neighbor's hay field Had I not spray painted the outside of the muzzle with orange engine paint, we'd've never found it. Even then I didn't see it when I was on the 4-wheeler. Mr. WTW saw when he was on the much taller farm tractor, bushogging

He also has a bratty little brother who likes to pull of flymasks, etc.I do put the fly mask over the muzzle after the Flinging-over-the-fence-event. If you buy the masks with the double latch (Farnum Super Masks, for example, and snug them "three fingers tight" right behind the ear, hopefully Baby Brother can't sink his teeth into it[/QUOTE]

"Three fingers tight", behind the ear, is also how I tighten the throat latch on muzzle. Getting the basket adjusted is the trickier part.

You almost need to have it flush against the lips but not quite flush.

If I followed the "half inch" instructions, my horses couldn't eat from the muzzle. It's more 1/4" for my guys but half inch may work for your horse.

However many minutes you think you need to adjust that muzzle, double it, so you don't get frustrated because you're running late for something else - lollol
     
    05-19-2013, 06:59 PM
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Weanling
Thanks for all the great info, I will definitely look into that brand. I also like the fly mask idea, the little brother has not been able to get a supermask off yet, although he did tear a brand new one trying:-[ the brat! Last winter I got them their first blankets, and within 15 minutes he had broken a leg strap off Banjo's blanket! But this is all good info, and much needed as I think this horse has an eating disorder! My other two stop eating for periods of time now and then, but this one just eats obsessively 24/7!
     

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