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    07-05-2011, 11:24 AM
Grazing muzzle rubbing help

My Haflinger mare is being a challenge when it comes to wearing her grazing muzzle and not getting sores.

Any ideas are great appreciated.

I started with a Weaver brand size medium grazing muzzle. The muzzle bowl part was a little smaller around than I thought it should be but the halter part fit well.
She wore it one day and ended up with a round raw spot on the point of 'chin' (lower lip, underneath) the size of a quarter.

I decided the muzzle bowl was just too small and it had rubbed her.

I bought her a Best Friends cob size grazing muzzle. Muzzle bowl is much larger. I had a hard time making the halter part fit her right but added an extra clip and it worked fine.

With this muzzle she came in with two rub spots near her jaw bone from the top of the muzzle bowl rubbing as she grazed.

I can not see an easy way to cover the edge of the muzzle bowl with something so it does not rub.

Again, any ideas appreciated.
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    07-05-2011, 11:30 AM
Could you just wrap the rubbing part (if I understand correctly where it rubs) with vet wrap? I used it while back on my sidepull noseband for that reason (make it softer and prevent rubbing).
    07-05-2011, 11:35 AM
Green Broke
I wish I had a good suggestion!

Claymore has sheepskin on the top of the basket on his grazing muzzle, but Misty does not on hers. He has gotten rubs before on the underside of her jaw at the point of the "top" of the basket.

My solution was not one that would work in every situation (I muzzle in shifts, taking it off and then putting it back on for set hours of the day) but I know that is not feasible for you.

I do think it's likely that the first muzzle was not fitting quite right, as I have not seen a rub at the end of the muzzle like you were talking about from the first one. So the second muzzle is rubbing her in the same spot I have seen Misty get rubbed (and heard other people talk about their horses getting rubbed.)

Other than the glue-on sheepskin strips around the top of the basket, I really don't have an idea of what might help in your situation! Sorry.
    07-05-2011, 11:39 AM
How do you glue them on? What did you use? Just fleece or did you find real sheep skin stuff?

It would be really hard to wrap the rubbing part since there is such a gap between the top edge and the first weave in the muzzle.

That is an image of the same muzzle I have. I already have fleece tubes on the crown piece and the throat latch pieces.
    07-05-2011, 12:50 PM
Couldn't you just sew fleece on between the jaw and the bottom of the muzzle instead of gluing on? Although I assume the muzzle should be pretty sick. Or you can "wrap" it around the latch and between the bottom edge and "weave" and sew all together outside.
    07-05-2011, 12:54 PM

*bows head in shame.

I am a pretty crappy sewer. (I just dropped off a pair of Mr. AB's pants at my mother's house to have them shortened.)

And the muzzle material is really thick there too.
    07-05-2011, 01:07 PM
Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
And the muzzle material is really thick there too.
Heck, I wish I could explain what I have in my head... I meant you put a piece of fabric (fleece, whatever you like) on inside, pull one edge over the bottom edge, other edge in that first hole between the weaves(?) and then connect them all on outside and sew. You don't have to be an expert to sew them all together (I'm horrible at that, BTW ), but then who cares how lovely it looks. And this way you don't have to sew to the muzzle itself (which you probably would need a special machine anyway). In any case it's the only one which comes to my mind (I'm not fan of glue because whenever I use it somehow it un-glue anyway quite fast).
    07-05-2011, 01:09 PM
Ooooh, now I get what you saying.

I will put that on my list.

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