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    06-26-2011, 08:14 AM
  #11
Trained
Another FOR.

My gelding wears one for his 12hrs in the pasture. Sometimes I have it off if the grass is not good, but for the most part its ON. It has saved him from being super fat with inflamed feet.

The only issue is the face rubbing. Once his face starts rubbing I will give him a break from the muzzle for a couple days then put it back on.
     
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    06-26-2011, 08:18 AM
  #12
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by manca    
My pony can't eat with it at all! So he is without on a field, where it's almost no grass and I put it on when I take them out to graze on a real grass :P
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He would if you let him go long enough

I have two insulin resistant horses. The 12 yr old refused to eat thru the muzzle for three solid weeks. I was not going to let him win because he had sub-clinical laminitis in four hooves and his insulin level was 115; 50 is acceptable.

I had to bring him in every day around 1:00 PM to feed him hay and let him eat salt. He generally stayed in a few hours, then it was back out again until supper time, when he came in for the night.

It was tough love at it's "finest".

I switched from the Weaver muzzles that TSC sells to the Tough-1 Easy Breath. The grazing holes are bigger, so they're not for every "fatty" out there.

I bought them because the breathing holes are big. The horse in question has big head and would struggle to breath in the Weaver's; he would run to the corner of his stall when he saw the muzzle coming at him.

He willingly puts his head in the Easy Breathe muzzle.

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

Living where I live, my two IR horses where muzzles for daytime turnout about 9 months out of the year - I hate that for them but I don't have a choice if I want them to stay healthy and alive. They come in at night.
     
    06-26-2011, 08:42 AM
  #13
Weanling
grazing muzzle

Big fan of the grazing muzzle. My mare gets to graze during the daytime with her buddy, and I know it makes her happy to be out with him. It was hard to get the right size for her, but once I did, she is comfortable and doesn't even try to get it off.
     
    06-26-2011, 11:09 AM
  #14
Showing
Another vote 120% in favor of them, for all the reasons previously stated.
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    06-26-2011, 11:16 AM
  #15
Green Broke
100% for here, too. They are a must have for my big gelding and my littlest pony mare in the summer months.
     
    06-27-2011, 10:55 AM
  #16
Started
I have found that if you put sheep skin on the muzzles they wont rub the horse's face. The only down side is that if you put sheep skin on the head stall, it does make it a little eastier for them to get the muzzles off. My horse usually gets his off about once a week.
     
    06-27-2011, 11:12 AM
  #17
Banned
They are a great thing.
     
    06-27-2011, 08:08 PM
  #18
Weanling
Saying it right now- worst thing I ever did for my horse. It was suggested to me because my horse windsucks- it didn't stop him, he was able to do it right through the maliable rubber/plastic, and because he was underweight it stopped him from getting the "grass and hay" he was supposed to be able to get. It also made him pout lol. He would just stand there, and he looked pathetic. I use the collar now. I guess if you had a really fat horse, it would be okay, but a hole the size of a quarter isn't going to allow grass through; the muzzle just forces the grass down. I think they are stupid and pointless.
     
    06-27-2011, 10:14 PM
  #19
Weanling
My boy gets his muzzle half the time. I was worried about him just making up for it during the night, since he's on grass 24/7, but he still has lost weight with it on.
He has a couple rubs on his cheeks, but I'm putting it over a fly mask now. One of his pasture-mates likes to grab it and pull him around, but even still they've only managed to get it off once so far.
But I feel bad for him. Whenever it's on he stands alone, well away from the herd, and pouts. He hasn't figured out how to eat with it on, even though I've fed him occasional treats and some grass through the little hole. He's been wearing it for over a month now, and he seems to have just given up trying. He's a VERY social horse, so it breaks my heart to see him out there alone.
I can't wait until I can take it off again, but for now weight management is more important.
     
    06-28-2011, 06:47 AM
  #20
Yearling
Love them my fat fat fat pony is into month 2ith a muzzle and literally eight is dropping off him! He is only 12.2 so my cousin only rides him 2 times a week walking and trotting not a great exercise regime for a larger load!
Have also used it on a horse here for training she was just vicious with her teeth when travelling so muzzled her up for each ride
     

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