Question for everyone
Have you ever used them? Do they help?
What type have you found have worked best?
I have way to much grass come spring and my horses get WAY TOO FAT!
I had someone recommend using grazing muzzles to help keep their weight down a little bit.
I have a 3 pastures that I use, 2 of them are also used for hay during the summer and the horses get to graze on them after the hay is pulled off and briefly in the spring. Light grazing only
LOTS of grass in those fields!!!!
The 3rd field is where I winter the horses, its roughly 5 acres of garbage greens, lots of not so nice food products in that one. I hate to leave them on it too long as I am afraid they will "taste" things they shouldn't really eat.
I don't use muzzles, because I limit my horses grazing, but I know number of people around who use them and YES, they work. However personally I don't think it's a good idea to have them on 24/7, because they may develop rubs on skin. One person used it kept her mare in stall overnight (no muzzle, of course). :) Other one indeed had lots of rubbing, so he ended up putting medication on skin.
You can check horse.com - they have muzzles for good price.
I have been wondering this same thing about grazing muzzles. We have a mare that has cushings disease and we have had to keep her on dry lot only once the spring grass starts growing. It bothers me because we have 3 horses and she is the only one that can't eat the grass. Our pasture gets eaten down relatively quick and stays short which is ok as our horses are all easy keepers and need to be monitored. I am wondering about using a grazing muzzle during the day so that she can be with the other horses. Just would like to hear thoughts as well.
The mare in barn I used to keep my horses had a really bad case of laminitis before she came to that barn, so the owner kept muzzle on her during a day starting April and till Nov or so (she also run very fat very quick, so I assume that was a reason for the original disease). She was in stall for the night with hay. For several years she've been in barn she didn't have issues with laminitis any more (also she was not extremely fat as long as she had muzzle on). With the muzzle she still was able to graze (and chase all other horses from hay holder).
I have purchased a grazing muzzle. I believe its the one made by Best Friends.
I got it after my app gelding had coliced. It was in the early summer and after dealing with colic we didn't want to see him colic again or get laminitis or founder from eating the grass.
He didn't like it one bit, to the point where he just stood there, instead of trying to graze. I tried helping him to figure it out.
After that day, we just limited the amount of time he was on grass for.
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