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post #1 of 9 Old 04-01-2013, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
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Muzzling a mini donkey

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I have a mini donkey on 3 acres with 4 other horses. (One is my gelding who has foundered I'm always posting about)

Now all the donkey gets is hay. And there's a round bale out in the paddock.

He is getting a huge belly and even though the grass isn't growing much nor does it ever really grow enough because the paddock is a bit torn up/grazed down would it be practical to muzzle him from 8am-3/4pm just to cut down his hay intake?

There's no where's else I could seperate him and I can't get rid of the round bale. Just tryina think of something before he does founder.

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post #2 of 9 Old 04-01-2013, 08:10 PM
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You can muzzle him for part of the day but might need to make hole on muzzle a bit bigger so he can eat the hay. I found this out two winters ago put a grazing muzzle on my gelding to limit hay intake. He couldnt get any hay hole was to small for hay to go through. It helped trim down my gelding when we used to put round bales out made him a bit frustrated but he survived.
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Yeah, I'm not sure if he'll eat any hay with it on but I fed him a treat through the hole today so he knows he can eat through it but not sure if he will, though. Same goes for my gelding.

My mare use to wait around all day until it was time to come off and she didnt care but my donk and my gelding will probably be pretty pissy with it on all day and not being able to eat lol
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You don't want them going all day with no hay to eat that in its self can cause issues like ulcers not something you want.Could get a slow feeder net to put over bale I know their are some people on here that do that. You don't want them going with out hay more then 4 hours in a 24 hour period.
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I second the slow feeder net. Grazing muzzle's were not designed to work with hay

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Hm. I'm trying to think what to do cause this is the muzzle I have for him. Tomm will be the first day hell have it on so maybe ill see if he can eat hay through it. Not sure if he's going to and I don't want to cause ulcers. If he doesn't eat Tomm with it on should I make the hole bigger?

I wanted to pitch that idea to the BO but not sure if hell completely go for the net. :/

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How big is the hole on the muzzle? I made the one on the muzzle I had for my horse a bit bigger. Will go out to barn and measure it don't re call how big it is.
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I'm sure he can eat hay alittle bit aslong as he aims for it right hahha. Ill have to measure the opening. How'd you make yours biggr ?
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I used a really sharp knife made the hole 2 1/2 inches big could of been a tad smaller.

Wasn't easy to cut hole bigger but its doable made horse happier.
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