grazing muzzle on off????

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    05-09-2012, 04:03 AM
grazing muzzle on off????

My first small pony and I don't really know when its ok to leave the muzzle off- the paddock is not huge and the two of them have been on it for over a week its probably about a third of an acre fenced off we've just had about a week of rain with the threat of more and its warm just wondered when people take them off-we don't think he has had laminitis before
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    05-09-2012, 05:55 PM

I don't know the specifics as far as the pony's age, weight, history, but if you have a muzzle it sounds to me like you're being careful to avoid any potential for foundering. Do you have a separate place, a paddock or other dry lot type area, where you can or do feed hay? If so, you can feed hay, and then let the pony out with the muzzle on if you're concerned about him overdoing it.

I don't know how much help this can be for you. Ideally I think a vet who is familiar with your pony, his specific living environment and his ideal diet will have the best advice.
    05-09-2012, 06:08 PM
Thanks that is a good idea we do have another paddock where they go also he isbwtween 10 and 12 years and not toooo fat (not had him long) he is taken in to the school about twice a week and the occasional hack weather permitting!! I just wondered if I had the muzzle on unnecessarily if the grass was eaten down.
    05-10-2012, 08:45 AM
Muzzles shouldn't be left on full time. Grass is lowest in sugars in the early hours, gaining sugar with photosynthesis/sunlight. So generally(frosty morns bad) first thing in the morning till mid/lat morn is best time to allow unrestricted grazing if you're going to. Kudos for being proactive!
    05-10-2012, 01:41 PM
If the grass is down to almost nothing, he's likely not going to get in too much trouble lol. If there's any clover at all in his pasture, that will founder a horse or pony who's susceptible, so something to check for. I agree with loosie, it's great you're being pro-active :)

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