grazing muzzle on off???? - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 5 Old 05-09-2012, 04:03 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 7
• Horses: 0
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
Posted via Mobile Device
macandme is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 5 Old 05-09-2012, 05:55 PM
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 256
• Horses: 0

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.
DRichmond is offline  
post #3 of 5 Old 05-09-2012, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 7
• Horses: 0
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.
macandme is offline  
post #4 of 5 Old 05-10-2012, 08:45 AM
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Australia
Posts: 13,520
• Horses: 0
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!
loosie is offline  
post #5 of 5 Old 05-10-2012, 01:41 PM
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 256
• Horses: 0
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 :)
DRichmond is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Grazing muzzle. Gidget Horse Health 1 06-12-2010 02:14 AM
Questions about new grazing muzzle RiddlesDarkAngel5 Horse Tack and Equipment 3 06-08-2010 01:13 PM
How can I get Berdi used to her grazing muzzle? Equus_girl Horse Health 3 06-04-2010 10:24 AM
WTB...Grazing Muzzle Velvetgrace Tack and Equipment Classifieds 2 03-30-2010 06:52 PM
Grazing Muzzle Equus_girl Horse Health 3 11-17-2009 11:36 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome