breakaway halters and grazing muzzles...
This summer I'm hopefully going to taking Lacey to camp with me for the entire summer. It'll be great.
The only issue is that for the first month or so of the summer the grass will be about 3 feet long in her paddock deal. That wouldn't be such an issue aside from the fact that she appears to be prone to laminitic episodes, if her hooves are any indication. So basically, I'm worried about her going truly laminitic on that much lovely grass, especially since she's a pretty easy keeper.
Basically question number one: with that in mind, do you think a grazing muzzle is in her future until her paddock gets eaten down?
She'll probably be in the big paddock until the herd of 12 horses eats down the arena (which is her home) and then she'll move into the eaten down arena, but the big paddock will have just as high of grass while she's in it.
Question number 2: what type of grazing muzzle do you recommend if you think she'll need one? I've heard that the basket type are next to impossible for them to get off which may be good because she can be a houdini sometimes...
Question number three: I'm assuming that most grazing muzzles require a nylon halter (and I wouldn't want her turned out in a rope halter anyway) and so I'm also assuming that a breakaway halter is the way to go. How do breakaway halter work? I've never actually seen one in person... I've seen pictures but I've never examined one. Are they just normal halters with a leather piece attached somehow or are they special-er than that?
Does any one want to help me find a super cheap one? I just need it in cob size, preferably, and the color doesn't matter in the least (I'd prefer purple or pink or patterned but it really doesn't matter since she'll only be using it briefly).
Fabio - 13 year old Arabian/Lipizzaner gelding
Hazel - 14 year old Angora goat
Atticus - 4 year old LaMancha/Alpine cross goat
Rest peacefully, Lacey.