A year round muzzle???!!
NOTE- I do not have a muzzle on my horse.
There is a pony at my barn who, like many ponies, wears a muzzle in the spring and early fall. She has foundered once, but it 100% healthy now. The owners have decided to keep a muzzle on her all throughout the winter, on the basis that she is chubby.
My questions are:
-is this the real purpose of a muzzle? To slim horses down? I was under the impression it was to limit the intake of fresh grass, but am I wrong?
-we have hay feeders at my barn with round bales in them....will the pony be able to get the muzzle caught on anything?
-is it possible that a muzzle could be making her angry? She has gone through 2 muzzles in 2 weeks, wears it for a few days, during those says is horrible wen riding, always throws her head down to eat, bucks when asked to move foreward, etc..BUT she keeps on getting the muzzle off (by breaking the clasp) and on days after she has done this and eaten at her own pace all night she is an angel, quiet, well behaved and cheerful. Coincidence? Or can that be related?
-the company that makes muzzles says that they do not reccomend a horse wearing a muzzle all day, everyday. Is the pony wearing the muzzle damaging to her health?
I am not going to meddle in this persons buissness, it is not my pony...i have little control over it, and I am not trying to gain any. This thread is me asking questions that I have been wondering about while hearing about/dealing with the pony and her muzzle.
Thanks in advance!