The mare I am getting in the spring is a very easy keeper. She hasn't been ridden for a little while and she got very chubby. So when I get her in the spring I will be doing lots of riding to get her weight down. But I was also thinking of getting a grazing muzzle. Have any of you used them and if so how did they work? Are they safe to use? I'm just looking at different options as I don't want an overweight horse - especially as she is a bit older. Thanks!
Another option of controlling feed & providing more exercise is the "paddock Paradise' system, which may be a possibility for you. Google it for more info.
I've only personally used a grazing muzzle on one pony once, but I tried hard to make it work & she always managed to get it off, whenever I wasn't looking! Admittedly too, this was before they were readily available in tack stores here & it was a home made leather one.
I have seen, and have a few clients who have used them successfully tho. Generally on ponies that can wear them & run with their mates, who would otherwise have to be penned. It is always a good idea to supervise the first few wearings of a muzzle, make sure they are subsequently regularly checked and removed for some portion of each day.
Thanks for the information! I'll check into the "paddock paradise" thing too.
The Paddock Paradise book is full of great ideas and a great system to aspire to, but it's often impractical for many people (boarding facilities, etc) so I would still say a grazing muzzle is the way to go if you can't afford to refence your place, etc. However, some ideas in the book can be adapted with some creativity.
But for Grazing muzzles, the ones that snap on to your own halter stay on better, FYI. I see a lot of good results with them. There will always be "Houdini" horses that can get out of them, but they do work on most horses.
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