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post #1 of 22 Old 03-30-2012, 12:08 AM Thread Starter
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Question Grazing muzzles, info and advice needed here ASAP!

I'm moving Oliver to a pasture, we will be there 24/7 with a run in shed and an adorable quarter pony named shorty :)

Oliver has been in a stall at night a mud free gravel paddock since august. I hand graze him every time I'm with him for about 30-40 minutes but he is for sure not at used to spring grass and a lot at that

I don't want him to get a tummy ache or founder so am looking into getting him a grazing muzzle.

My questions:

How does one work, I have never had to use one before.

What are the pros and cons?

Anything I should know?

Any and all information is helpful!

Thank you!
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post #2 of 22 Old 03-30-2012, 12:13 AM
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I think they just strap on the head, kind of like a halter. Or, maybe they attach to the halter. I have used one, but it's been ages. Just make sure it fits correctly.

here's one that does not attach to a halter, but has it's own way of staying on the head

sorry, I pasted on an image that was huge. I'll find a better one.

try this:

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I have a grazing muzzle for my fatty spanish mustang/curly mix. It has a hole about the size of a half dollar coin in the middle of the "bucket" When the horse puts his head down to graze, some grass will come up into that hole and the horse can munch on it. This will cut down on 70%-80% of the grass that a horse will intake, and yes, it does work.

My horse pouts when he has it on and often won't even attempt to graze but he needs it otherwise he'll have to be stalled 24/7 which I do not approve of. He is still able to drink water perfectly fine so that isn't an issue. And no, he doesn't starve. LoL

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Thank you! That helps alot!!
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Since I am much to tired (and lazy) to write out information about them, I will just put some helpful articles

Using Grazing Muzzles on Horses | Equinews

Fitting one-
How to Fit a Grazing Muzzle

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i dont know what you were planning on doing, but i wouldnt leave the grazing muzzle on him 24/7 incase he wont drink.

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A grazing muzzle is a great idea in your situation; there was a study published by one of the vet schools that said they're much more effective at limiting caloric intake than limiting access to pasture; a horse that is only out on grass for a few hours a day will graze voraciously and constantly to make up for the time in a stall or dry lot.

All three of my guys wear them for part of the year. Check frequently to make sure the horse's head isn't getting rubbed by the muzzle, take the muzzle off every couple of days and clean it - the inside gets mud and grass built up.

Also monitor the hole in the base - my tiny pony is very good at enlarging the hole til the muzzle is useless. I have a great method for repairing them if you're interested.

Really, really cut back on grain before you go to 24/7 pasture. Learn to monitor your horse for signs of founder. Get some one to show you how to check the crest of the neck, feel for digital pulses and check for heat in the hooves.

Good luck, I think you've about to have a very happy horse.
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My vet told me to leave the grazing muzzle on 24/7 for my FAT mare!

The first one I bought was just like the photo above and it worked well. the only thing I did was make the hole bigger because I thought she would never be able to eat out of that tiny hole!! don't do that!! they will slowly wear the hole bigger and then it becomes TOO big! They will eat and drink normal, if you are worried watch them.


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I have a grazing muzzle for my TWH mare who has a tendency to blimp out, but she never learned to eat with it on. When we started with it, the grass was already taller and I think it's harder to eat long grass as it 'lays over on the ground' instead of standing up and sticking through the hole. Do you experienced owners agree or am I just worrying too much?

Also, Maura, when you have time, any tips on checking for digital pulses? Last night I had a brief scare that the new pony might be having early signs of founder, and once again would have really liked to know for sure where to check for pulses. I can't ever feel anything (which I guess is good) but l would like to know for sure what I'm doing is right.
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It's best to have someone show you, but I'll try.

Once you find the artery, roll it slightly so you can press it against the horse's sesamoid bone. The trick is to have the right amount of pressure - press too hard, you won't feel anything, press too lightly, the artery moves out from under your fingers.

IMO, a normal, resting digital pulse is really, really hard to palpate. I used to say that if I could feel it easily, it was probably a throbbing digital pulse.

For practice, try to find it on a horse that's just had a hard workout. If their heartrate is up, it's much easier to find.

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