I have always used a grazing muzzle on my shetland pony. He gets it on every night and off again each morning. He was given to us because he was naught and also constantly foundering. Since using the muzzle the foundering has stopped, he also maintain a healthy weight and dosnt get bloated from suctioning as much grass as he can down his throat.
I find this is a kinder treatment than just locking him up and reducing his food. The muzzle allows some grazing, so it allows a healthier digestive system ( horses are designed to be constantly eating small amounts), he still get to run around the paddock and exercise with other horses, instead of staionairy in a stable. So he fitter and happier. I now want to use this on a mare I have who has real weight problems she from the wild and her metabolsim turns every scrap of food into body fat.
Has anybody else used muzzles to succesfully manage overwieght horses?? Or used them for any other reason?