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    09-02-2009, 08:10 AM
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Foal
Grazzing Muzzle - Time to Loose Weight?

I have a 15 year old appy gelding that could loose 200 lbs. I have a pony that wears a grazing muzzle and does great on it. He came with the muzzle and I have continued to use it. His weight is perfect!

I put my horses out at night on the grass in the summer and in to hunting season. They are in a dry lot / corral area in the day. I give them a very minimal amt. Of grain and ride for pleasure a few times a week each.

So I bought a muzzle for my Appy (Pepperoni). Of course he doesn't love it - but he does eat with it. I actually made the hole a tiny bit bigger and after I did that he tolerated the muzzle a lot better.

So my question is - has anyone had this be effective using it every other night? Also - if you started using it, how long did it take you to notice a weight loss? Just curious to success stories. With all of our awesome pasture, I hate to limit him to 4 hours. He loves going out and laying the grass etc. - so the muzzle seemed a good alternative.

Thanks!
     
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    09-09-2009, 08:39 AM
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Weanling
Do you have recent pics of Pepperoni? (cute name by the way)

I would say continue with the grazzing muzzle it will really limit the amount of grass he gets but he will still be satisfied especially if he likes being out so much!
     
    09-10-2009, 07:36 PM
  #3
Foal
I have my easy-keeping Morgan on a grazing muzzle when he's put in the summer grass. Or at least, I try to have it put on (barn manager trouble). But, when we make sure that it's on every night, I usually see a change for the better in his weight within a week. He's very fast when it comes to losing and gaining weight.
However, if your horse needs to lose that much weight, you need to keep the grazing muzzle on every night, not every other night. That won't be enough, and you won't fix the problem. Frosty is put out all night, and the grazing muzzle must be on for the whole time for any change to be noticed or helpful.
     

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