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  • Horse muzzles on pasture
  • Grazing muzzle slobbers

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    05-26-2012, 02:33 PM
Green Broke
^^^^ yes, yes. Then keep increasing the time out until he can be left out if you want. But yes, give him hay while in the run in.
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    05-26-2012, 02:34 PM
Is it a grazing muzzle or an anti-biting muzzle? If it is a grazing muzzle, that would be good, but if the horse has a buddy, they can learn to take it off.
It might also be handy to have a gate on your run-in, that way if a fence breaks or you want to keep them off the pasture completely for a while, you can keep them in there.
    05-26-2012, 02:54 PM
Muzzles are great, and yes, clover can cause 'the slobbers', which isn't that serious but it IS seriously disgusting.

I would get a muzzle (they will figure out how to eat in it very, very quickly) and possibly make the paddock if you can. Probiotics can also help ease the transition from one food to another. You can buy the probiotic treats they have if you don't feed anything but hay/pasture.
    05-26-2012, 04:40 PM
I'm sure you could leave the muzzle on during the day and take it off at night and then just decrease the time with the muzzle. Unfortunately I don't have much experience with this, as this is the first spring I have encountered this problem. But my horse was not to thrilled about going from being out 24/7 to being locked up half the day and was starting to cause some problems so that's why I'm ordering the muzzle. Your horses may not mind it as much as mine.

You might want to check out Katy Watts | Articles about Laminitis and sugar in grass they have some really good articles about spring grass, pasture management, ect :)

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