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  • Can my horse drink from an automatic waterer with the best friend grazing muzzle on?
  • Plugging grazing muzzle hole

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    03-30-2012, 08:29 AM
Thanks, Maura - I'll try this after a good workout - that's a great idea!
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    03-30-2012, 08:49 AM
Green Broke
Thanks everyone!!
Maura - he is a very easy keeper just really can't be a barn horse. He stresses, gets colds and sick and hurts himself so im very excited to get him out to pasture! Thanks for all your great tips and knowing so much about this!

I will not make the whole bigger! Lol
I'm courius to see just how he reacts to it lol

Thanks again!
    03-30-2012, 01:46 PM
Green Broke
I have another question for you grazing muzzle experts!
Are the muzzles with the metal bottom and hole better then te plastic? You guys had mentioned the whole will get bigger with wear and tear and time. Also do you prefer the ones that attach to the halter on the nose band or are the ones with the halter part? Thanks!!
    03-30-2012, 01:48 PM
I have rubber muzzle with the halter attached to it. My horse does fine with it. It's a good quality and I don't notice any tears or the hole becoming bigger and I've had it for going on 2 (maybe 3) years...

He pouts when he has it on, but it does it's job. LoL.
    03-30-2012, 01:51 PM
Originally Posted by Klassic Superstar    
I have another question for you grazing muzzle experts!
Are the muzzles with the metal bottom and hole better then te plastic? You guys had mentioned the whole will get bigger with wear and tear and time. Also do you prefer the ones that attach to the halter on the nose band or are the ones with the halter part? Thanks!!
Which ever muzzle you use depends the most on your water source. We have automatic waterers. The rubber coated metal muzzles do not fit well in the openings. If you have an open tank or stock pond, it should be fine.
    03-30-2012, 01:54 PM
Green Broke
Pond and large water tank :) thank you!
Ever had any problems keeping it on? Where did you get yours from?
    03-30-2012, 01:55 PM
Originally Posted by maura    
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.
Schneider's has one too that you can replace the middle section only for about $4 as opposed to buying a new one.

Dura-Tech® Breakaway Cribbing & Grazing Muzzle in Cribbing Collars / Chewing Control at Schneider Saddlery
    03-30-2012, 01:56 PM
If it's properly fitted, the chances of it coming off at slim. I guess if your horse likes to run his head there's a stronger possibility. My horse hasn't been able to get it off. And I purchased mine from my local Tractor Supply Co.
    04-02-2012, 09:12 AM
I use a grazing muzzle for my IR mare. I love it. I have the Best Friends Deluxe model, and it is secure, comfortable, and lasts quite well. I have to have her in it any time she's in the pasture, so I wanted one that was easy to breathe in and drink in. Also, if you have to completely restrict grazing and do not have a dry lot, there is such a thing called a 'grazing plug' for a grazing muzzle that is designed to block the grass but NOT the water! The horse always needs access to water, so the 'plug' is nice because it has a lift with the pressure of the water that allows it to flow into the muzzle. I would, however, only use it if you can't take your horse off grass and must restrict eating, and I would make sure you are home to supervise. Some horses may not try to drink with it in even though they can. Action Rider Tack sells them.

I like the Best Friends model because it doesn't rub and it has a nose channel for easier breathing. Also, I noticed in her first muzzle she was able to wear away the rubber at the hole quite quickly, whereas she's had this model for six months and the hole is just as nice as it was when we got it. It's more expensive, but you get what you pay for. For as much as my mare wears it (anytime she's in grass), I like it.
    09-03-2013, 08:03 AM
Just put one on my mare yesterday, she was nibbling a bit by 15 min or less. She drank 1/2 a bucket of water so I don't have to worry about that. My question is how long do I need to make sure she will be ok with it on before turning her out in the herd with it on. She did not seem to get mad while it was on which I kind of expected her too, but she only had it on for about 20-25 minutes. I was helping her by poking some grass blades up into the hole and that did seem to help her get the idea. The pasture where she will be going is longer also so may be harder to get. Thanks!

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