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    02-27-2012, 12:20 PM
Question Measuring Horse For Grass Muzzle? Please Help

I have two miniature horses I need to measure for grass muzzles- my grass is getting shorter and shorter and they're getting fatter and fatter! I've had a horrible time finding grass muzzles that will fit. I ordered one on eBay and it wouldn't even fit the mini colt I had at the time! So my question is how do I measure for muzzles? Where the noseband of their halter falls when they're wearing a halter (picture below)? Any pictures/diagrams/links to websites/videos would be helpful! Also, I measured them (where I think I should measure them) and the circumference was about 14 1/2" and 15" so would it be OK to get a 17"? Would that be too big? Thanks!
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    02-27-2012, 02:34 PM
If you're buying bucket-muzzles, where the noseband sits is the right place. You need to add 1"-2" clearance, though.

We used one years ago on a laminitic Welsh Section A. Because she wore it all day (she was stabled at night) we originally found the bucket rubbed the end of her nose - and she could get it off. Using a headcollar meant the webbing just lifted the bucket away from the sensitive spot and wrapping the bucket headstall once round the halter headpiece meant it stayed on.

One thing to make sure of is that drain holes are drilled in the bottom of the bucket. They can pick grass through these, but without they can't drink. And I've heard of ponies drowning if they try to because the bucket fills with water.

You can buy web muzzles over here with a rubber base which are a bit more forgiving fit-wise, though they do break more easily.

I have an Irish Draught X who gains weight just looking at grass so you have my sympathy.

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    03-01-2012, 02:09 PM
Thanks- I don't think I'm getting bucket muzzles- more of like a mesh.

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